The United Nations Children's Fund

Established in 1994, UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan became the Government’s main partner to improve the overall situation of children and to ensure the fulfillment of their rights, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The current 2012-2016 programme in Kyrgyzstan aims to create strong and sustainable policies; ensure that such systems are reaching the most excluded children; and empower youth and facilitate their participation in decision making and peace building processes.

 

Agency News

  • UNICEF statement on observing children’s right to privacy and confidentiality

    UNICEF is concerned about the recent public release of pictures, names and personal data of children allegedly involved in some crimes. In line with the principle of the best interest of the child, enshrined in the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic as well as in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF calls all the authorities and media outlets to avoid identification of children in contact with the law.

  • UNICEF: "Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Care Systems" has been presented today at the state administration of Osh oblast

    A new project "Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Care Systems" has been presented today at the state administration of Osh oblast for the heads of health organizations located in Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad provinces, and Mandatory Health Insurance Fund.

  • UNICEF: How to build your own business in the village - children of Suzak district present their ideas.

    Today the representatives of the school parliaments and local authorities conducted iTalk on participation of youth in the development of regions in the office of Suzak district administration (Suzak village, Jalalabad oblast).

  • WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities

    WHO and UNICEF issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually. The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborn babies from infections.

  • The Government of Japan allocates US$6.2 million for improving maternal and child health, and drug control in the Kyrgyz Republic

    With the contribution of US$6.2 million from the Government of Japan, the Kyrgyz Republic launched two new initiatives on Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Care Systems, which will be implemented by UNICEF, and another on Supporting Drug Control, which will be implemented by UNODC.

  • From UNDP to UNICEF, delivering as one

    Reflections of the Chief Technical Adviser on Rule of Law upon leaving the UNDP Kyrgyz Republic after four years.

  • UNICEF: Kyrgyzstan ranks #79 out of 184 countries on neonatal mortality rate

    Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds. With neonatal mortality rate of 11.6 or equivalent to 1 in 86 (deaths per 1, 000 live births in 2016), the rank of Kyrgyzstan is 79 out of 184 countries – for the full list of rankings on newborn mortality for all countries.

  • UNICEF: More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day

    More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – a new child every half second – UNICEF said today on the eve of Safer Internet Day, observed globally on 7 February. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of opportunities, but also to a host of risks, including access to harmful content, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information.

  • UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups

    UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups

    The UNICEF Innovation Fund (IF) is looking to make $50-90K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity

  • UNICEF: Nearly 400 babies to be born on New Year’s Day in Kyrgyzstan

    Approximately 400 babies will be born in Kyrgyzstan on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today. The estimated 385,793 babies will be born globally on New Year’s Day. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries:

  • UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director

    UNICEF welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement today that Henrietta H. Fore will succeed Anthony Lake as UNICEF Executive Director when his term ends on 31 December 2017.

  • UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged

    The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world presents UNICEF’s first comprehensive look at the different ways digital technology is affecting children’s lives, identifying dangers as well as opportunities.

  • The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world

    The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world presents UNICEF’s first comprehensive look at the different ways digital technology is affecting children’s lives, identifying dangers as well as opportunities.

  • UNICEF: Children in contact with the law: introduction of child-friendly procedures in Kyrgyzstan

    Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, 5 December 2017 – Today the City Department of Internal Affairs and the City Court in Karakol opened child-friendly facilities for children in contact with the law implementing the State Programme on Justice for Children (2014-2018). Member of the Parliament Irina Karamushkina, British Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Robin Ord-Smith, UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Yukie Mokuo, and Deputy Governor of the Issyk-Kul province Elmira Usenova opened child-friendly courtrooms and waiting rooms designed to provide a friendly environment to child victims, witnesses and children in conflict with the law.

  • 15-year-old Kirsina Alieva demands to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

    15-year-old Kirsina Alieva ‘took over’ the position of Dastan Bekeshev, Member of the Parliament in Kyrgyzstan in the framework of the World Children’s Day celebration. On behalf of 29,000 children with disabilities living in Kyrgyzstan, she demanded to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

  • UNICEF: Worldwide 300 million children suffer from violent methods of upbringing

    Three-quarters of the world’s 2- to 4-year-old children – around 300 million – experience psychological aggression and/or physical punishment by their caregivers at home, UNICEF said in a new report A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents released today. Every 7 minutes a teenager dies from violent death in the world.

  • In south Kyrgyzstan, multilingual education is path to opportunity and inclusion

    Having biology, history, and other subjects taught in three different languages might seem like too much of a learning challenge. But students at this secondary school in Kyrgyzstan’s southern city of Osh are tackling the challenge, and asking for more.

  • UNICEF announces a worldwide contest for the best comic hero fighting with climate change!

    Leading up to the UN Climate Conference (COP23), UNICEF is asking young people, up to 25 years old, to conceptualize an original superhero who is combatting climate change for a chance to develop and publish their own comic book. Submissions will be received through our campaign website.

  • UNICEF: Early Moments Matter for Every Child

    Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development.

  • 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.