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Azerbaijan moves up in SDG Index

Azerbaijan has scaled a new high in the Sustainable Development Report (SDR) 2020. Azerbaijan scored 72.6 out of 100 possible points advancing 5 spots to 54th place in the global ranking.

Azerbaijan has achieved Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 1 and 6, while considerable progress was made towards SDGs 4, 7, 11, 12 and 17. The least progress has been seen against SDG 4.

The report recognizes Azerbaijan as the regional leader among its neighbours. Azerbaijan also outperformed many of the Commonwealth of Independent States including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Overall, South Korea tops the 2020 Index followed by Baltic countries and countries from the Asia Pacific region. By contrast, Western European countries and the United States were less successful in mitigating health and economic impacts from Covid-19.

Since its launch in 2016, the SDR (including the SDG Index and Dashboards) has provided the most up-to-date data to track and rank the performance of all UN member states on the SDGs.

The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly with a view to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by the year 2030.

UNESCO designates Baku Creative City for Design

On the occasion of World Cities’ Day, celebrated on 31 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated 66 new Creative Cities.

Baku has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which now counts a total of 246 cities. The Network brings together cities that base their development on creativity, whether in music, arts and folk crafts, design, cinema, literature, digital arts or gastronomy.

The Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The member cities that form part of the Network come from all continents and regions with different income levels and populations. They work together towards a common mission of placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

CabMin approves statute of family oriented community services

On 13 August 2013, Azerbaijan Cabinet of Ministers approved Resolution No. 207 on the statute of family oriented community services following the consideration of the proposal of the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic pertaining to the Action Plan of the State Programme on De-Institutionalization and Alternative Care for 2006-2015 (SPDIAC), endorsed by President Ilham Aliyev on March 29, 2006.

SPDIAC aims at reintegration of children residing currently in various state institutions (de-institutionalization) with biological or foster families and at creation of alternative care services to support the de-institutionalization process. The major focus of the Program is to reduce the number of children placed in the residential care institutions and to establish a sustainable system of alternative child care and family support mechanisms. The desirable aim is to gradually phase out the institutional care and to move to more family oriented community services.

It should be noted that considerable amount of work has been carried out since the adoption of the State Programme, including establishment of the specialized Department on De-institutionalization and Child Protection under the Ministry of Education, adoption of the Master Plan of Transformation of Child Care Residential Institutions, cost comparison analysis of state child care services vs. alternative ones; and development of different by-laws and regulations to allow alternative community-based services can be set up and run by government and non-state actors.

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