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Towards Sustainable Development
Towards Sustainable Development:
Promoting Rural Women’s Leadership and Economic Empowerment
As countries of the world unwind their potential to accelerate the achievement of
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equal opportunities for women to
participate in the economy remain one of the biggest global challenges. Gender
equality and empowerment, including through financial autonomy and
entrepreneurial maturity, is one of the 17 SDGs, yet women today own only 30% of
formal small and medium-sized enterprises, while 70% of these women do not have
access to the capital they need to grow, and this disproportion is even higher
for women living in rural communities.
In Azerbaijan, where rural women represent 77 percent of the total women
population of the country, engrained cultural stereotypes oftentimes reiterate
the image of women solely as homemakers, a problem faced in most rural
communities of Azerbaijan. While women strive to play a more integrated role in
society they frequently struggle to find jobs outside the home. More often than
not, the lack of basic literacy skills or access to job vacancy resources only
amplifies their challenge, preventing them from exploring opportunities outside
of what is traditionally expected.
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United Nations inaugurates the S
United Nations inaugurates the
Sustainable Development Goals stands in the Baku Boulevard
Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Ahmadov and UN Resident Coordinator
Ghulam Isaczai inaugurated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) stands in
the Baku Boulevard.
The event has brought together some 80 government officials, representatives of
the United Nations (UN) agencies, civil society, youth organisations and the
Two-sided colourful stands, produced by the United Nations Office in Baku and
IDEA Public Union and funded by UNDP’s SDGs localisation project, display each
goal in simple language and provide suggestions on how every person can
contribute to their achievement.
“Raising awareness about the SDGs is vitally important to their successful
implementation. Therefore, we need to work together to inform our citizens,
promote engagement and encourage participation and accountability at all
levels,” said Ghulam Isaczai in his opening speech.
The SDGs stands will be on display for the next four consecutive months in a
hectic place of the Baku Boulevard, which hosts tens of thousands of visitors
FAO introduces tomato export cer
FAO introduces tomato export
certification manual to Azerbaijani partners
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a
workshop to introduce the tomato export certification manual to stakeholders in
the State Phytosanitary Control Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of the
Republic of Azerbaijan.
The manual aims to facilitate the export certification for tomato, which is one
of the major export products for Azerbaijan. Inspectors from the Azerbaijan Food
Safety Agency, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the State
Phytosanitary Control Service, Azerbaijan Association of Producers and Exporters
of Fruits and Vegetables, as well as the private sector will be informed about
the manual, current situation of the phytosanitary control in Azerbaijan,
especially in the field of export. They will also have a chance to discuss and
provide their recommendations for the manual.
The workshop was organized under the project on strengthening phytosanitary
inspection and diagnostic services in Azerbaijan, which is funded by the
Standards and Trade Development Facility of the World Trade Organization and
implemented since February 2016.
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