Celebrating UN Day in Azerbaijan

IMG_0701On the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October 2014, UNO Baku organized a “UN4U” outreach campaign at Qafqaz University in Baku by given a comprehensive presentation to students about the organization. The event was joined by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN Service) and brought together more than 50 students specializing in International Relations and Public Administration. 

IMG_0688During the opening remarks the Secretary General’s message was read out on the occasion of UN Day. It said: “The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.”

 The event continued with a video screening about UN activities, its aims, structure, and ideals of peace and social and economic progress which have remained the basic goals of the organization since 1945.

IMG_0708The UNO Baku team followed the message with a presentation on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and briefed the audience on MDG success in the country based on statistical facts provided by the government of Azerbaijan.  The audience was also informed about its post-2015 Development agenda and the current consultations with the Azerbaijani government for setting immediate priorities for Sustainable Development Goals.

In the same context, a presentation was delivered on the most advanced system of public service delivery in Azerbaijan, by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN Service). ASAN is a new innovative model of public service delivery, where many IMG_0695services from various governmental departments and private companies brought in a single administrative building called “ASAN service” centres.

During the event it was also mentioned that as part of MDG 9 – Establishing and Strengthening Good Governance, ASAN Service enables citizens of Azerbaijan to have more straightforward, efficient and transparent access to public services.