Children and Youth News

  • Youth showcase their vision of Global Goals in #WorldYouSee contest

    Four winners of #WorldYouSee, an online photography contest organised by the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub office, came together last week in Istanbul to receive their awards.

  • Kyrgyzstan marks World Prematurity Day

    Complications of premature birth are the main cause of death for more than 1 million children under the age of 5 every year worldwide. In Kyrgyzstan, some 8000 babies are born prematurely. Bishkek, 17 November 2016: Every year, some 8000 children are born prematurely in Kyrgyzstan (4.8 per cent of all births). The survival rate of children weighing 500 to 1500 grams is 49.2 per cent.

  • Two hundred world-renowned writers come together for children’s rights

    Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb and Nuruddin Farah join writers around the world to pen ‘Tiny Stories’ highlighting the world they want for children. In Kyrgyzstan, Mar Baidjiev, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, Shailoobek Duysheev, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz and others join UNICEF’s initiative.

  • Uniform standards for child development from 0 to 3 years presented in Kyrgyzstan

    Bishkek, 21 November 2016 – Today, experts from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) presented standards for child development from birth to 3 years in Kyrgyzstan. The presentation took place at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Science, Culture and Public Health. Based on approved standards, experts have developed a manual on early child development from 0 to 3 years, and a diary on child development from 0 to 7 years. The presentation was dedicated to the Universal Children's Day – 20 November, when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted.

  • UN Women presents a film "Cool Five" about young girls successful in their studies and lives

    UN Women decided to use “innovative way” by using “positive deviants”, who regardless of existing challenges in the community are reaching success and acting as positive role models for youth of Kyrgyzstan.

  • In Kyrgyzstan, courts become child friendly

    Bishkek, 15 December 2016 – In the course of just a few months, 11 courts in Kyrgyzstan have introduced child friendly facilities and procedures for children in contact with the law. The reform builds on UNICEF support. In March 2016, the Leninskiy district court in Bishkek first introduced a child friendly court model, developed by UNICEF in partnership with national authorities, with UK Government support. The model aims to promote child friendly justice for children in conflict with the law, and child sensitive procedures for children who have witnessed or been victim of crime.

  • Countries meet to accelerate progress in maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    BISHKEK, 20 July 2017 - Health experts from around the world have come together in Bishkek to an intercountry Symposium to discuss ways and opportunities to accelerate maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus regions, all part of the strategy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

    A UN Women programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. Initiatives such as “My Safe and Peaceful School” and “My Prosperous Farm” are teaching respectful relationships, life and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages, building a better future for all.

  • Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with low breastfeeding rates

    Bishkek, 1 August 2017 –UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other academic institutions have conducted research “The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard” which evaluated 194 nations and found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast milk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent.

  • UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan visits Kyrgyzstan for first time

    Batken/Osh/Bishkek, 13 July 2017 – UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan will visit Kyrgyzstan from 13 to 18 July, 2017.

  • Peacebuilding programme for youth launched by UNICEF and the UK Government in Kyrgyzstan

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 18 July 2017 – A new programme for youth and children to build social cohesion and prevent violence was announced today in Bishkek by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF.

  • UNICEF and the European Union strengthen the resilience of 700,000 children to cope with natural disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucus

    BRUSSELS/ BISHKEK, 6 July 2017 – More than 1 million people including 700,000 children are better prepared to cope with natural disasters in eight countries prone to earthquakes, floods and landslides in Central Asia and the South Caucus as the result of a UNICEF programme supported by the European Union.

  • More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF

    BISHEK/NEW YORK, 16 June 2017 – More than half – or 55 per cent - of children aged between 3 and 4 years-old in 74 countries – approximately 40 million – have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new UNICEF analysis. In Kyrgyzstan, 61 per cent of children of this age lack play and early learning activities with their fathers.

  • Working children in Kyrgyzstan

    Бул басылма Кыргыз Республикасынын Улуттук статистика комитети тарабынан Эл аралык эмгек уюмунун (ЭЭУ) финансылык жана техникалык колдоосу менен жүргүзүлгөн Иштеген балдардын экинчи улуттук изилдөөсүнүн жыйынтыктарын көрсөтөт. Бул отчет иштеген балдар жөнүндө маалыматтарда болгон кенемтелерди толтурат жана балдарды коргоо саясатын жана стратегиясын иштеп чыгуу үчүн ишенимдүү маалыматтарды берет, ошондой эле ЭЭУнун № 138 жана № 182 конвенцияларын аткаруудагы прогресстин деңгээлин баалоого мүмкүнчүлүк түзөт. Бул публикация авторлор жана консультанттар тобу тарабынан МОТ-ИПЕК учун иштелип чыкан. 2014-2015 жылдардагы балдар эмгегинин изилдөөсү Иштеген балдардын экинчи улуттук изилдөөсү болуп саналат.

  • Analysis of the situation of children’s residential institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic

    This research report fills current gaps in national data on children in child care residential institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic and provides an analysis of the situation in the institutions.

  • Situation Analysis of Children in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Since conducting Situation Assessment of Children in 2011, the situation of children in the Kyrgyz Republic has improved in some areas. More children are surviving and gaining access to preschool education, and many more are enjoying access to adequate sources of water supply and sanitation, and are enrolling in primary school.

  • Making Girls Count in the Sustainable Development Goals Era

    Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2016. “Is anyone out there even thinking of improving our lives?” asks Susmita, a teenager from Odisha, India.

  • UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

    The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII NEW YORK, 11 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

  • 77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF

    NEW YORK, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.

  • Children with Disabilities: Home Sweet Home

    Her smile of welcome floods the room like the sun piercing through a long night. She hugs us, snaps a selfie, and breaks into a brash but pitch-perfect rendition of a hit by the popular American singer, Ariana Grande. She grabs her late model smartphone. Her fingers fly as she edits a video, a skill she learned at a recent UNICEF workshop to teach young people technical skills and give them a voice in issues that affect them.