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Empowering women is powerful: women
drive rural and urban development
The past decade has seen a steady and upward growth in Azerbaijan, as both the
economic, financial and social wellbeing of the country has significantly
improved, extreme poverty was eradicated and the level of absolute poverty
decreased from 49% to 5%. Moreover, school enrolment rates reached 99.8-100% and
progress was made on gender equality and womenĺs empowerment. Gender gaps in
primary and secondary education have dropped considerably in comparison with
previous years. During this time, employment opportunities have also seen a
significant rise, as numerous new business openings were introduced both in the
capital Baku and in the regions.
However, despite all the progressive developments, the unemployment rate among
women in Azerbaijan continues to be remarkably higher than among men. Oftentimes
faced with segregation in a number of industries and occupations, women tend to
be primarily employed in low-wage sectors traditionally regarded as Ĺfemaleĺ
jobs, such as in education, health and social services. Disparities are also
observed in the level of menĺs and womenĺs participation in entrepreneurial
activity, with women comprising only 26.38 % of the countryĺs total number of
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Towards a knowledge-based econom
Towards a knowledge-based economy
The European Union, in collaboration with the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) announce their continued support for the enhancement of
vocational education and development capacity in Azerbaijan, as part of the
EU-funded initiative on ĹModernising Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Centres in Azerbaijanĺ. The vocational education and training (VET) system
agenda for Azerbaijanĺs southern region was launched today at the project
kick-off meeting held in Jalilabad.
Framing the agenda in his opening remarks, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative
in Azerbaijan Alessandro Fracassetti spoke of the pivotal significance of local
talent as essential leaders in the development of a knowledge-based economy. He
emphasised that ôit is important that we continue to drive success in our
education systems, but it is also important that we look to global trends and
mainstream success in the education sector to provide progressively cultivated
and refined curriculums to strengthen employability.ö
Through a dual track approach, the ventures will strengthen the physical
infrastructure, technical foundation, training and operational capacities of the
Jalilabad Vocational Lyceum by converting it to a modern Regional VET Centre of
Excellence in the Lankaran Economic Region, with focus on occupations in the
agriculture and manufacturing sectors. This will match to the demands of the
local labour market, reinforce the importance of public-private partnerships and
cooperation and relate replicable models to bridge education to employment.
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United Nations supports beach cl
United Nations supports beach
clean-up campaign in Azerbaijan
Some 300 youth activists, representatives of UN agencies in Azerbaijan, civil
society and private sector collected about five tons of plastic and other types
of waste during the beach clean-up campaign conducted on the shores of the
Buzovna beach in capital Baku.
The event was part of the UN-supported Environmental Week in Azerbaijan and
organised by the United Nations Office in Baku in collaboration with the IDEA
Public Union, Clean City Joint Stock Company and Azerbaijani Youth Foundation.
ôSeeing hundreds of mostly young people supporting todayĺs initiative was truly
an inspiration in action, which demonstrated their care for protection of the
environment,ö said Ghulam Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, who
also joined the cleanup initiative along with other 35 staff members of UN
agencies operating in the country.
ôMore such actions are needed to raise awareness and mobilise citizens of the
country towards a drastic reduction of single-use plastic,ö he added.
The participants collected plastics, such as bottles, straws and cutlery, as
well as cans, cigarette butts and other types of waste and submitted them to the
Clean City state agency for recycling.
The beach clean-up aimed to support the theme of the World Environmental Day for
2018 ľ ôBeat Plastic Pollutionö. The theme invites to consider how we can make
changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on
our natural places, our wildlife and our own health.
FAO supports Azerbaijan in stren
FAO supports Azerbaijan in
strengthening phytosanitary inspection and diagnostic services
A three-day training session on basic inspection and pest diagnostics of plants
and plant products has brought together some 30 inspectors from the State
Phytosanitary Control Service under the Agriculture Ministry of Azerbaijan (SPCS),
Food Safety Agency and the State Customs Committee (SCC).
The course, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO), aims to strengthen the national capacities in phytosanitary
inspection techniques corresponding to international standards, provide
comprehensive information related to the pest quarantine list of Azerbaijan, as
well as describe specific pests and plant diseases to participants.
The event is part of the project on strengthening phytosanitary inspection and
diagnostic services in Azerbaijan, which is funded by the Standards Trade
Development Facility of the World Trade Organization and implemented in the
country from February 2016. It focuses on improvement of phytosanitary control
in three directions: control of imported and exported plants and plant products,
as well as pest diagnostics in the laboratories.
FAO have already organized similar training sessions in June 2016 and April
2017, and inspectors from SPCS and SCC have significantly benefited from these
activities. These events also helped to reduce the risks of pest dissemination,
secure the plant health in the country and promote wider export of Azerbaijani
plants and plant products to other countries.
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