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UNFPA and Austrian Development Agency joined efforts to support young people from vocational education. The three-years project “Develop life-skills and healthy behaviors of students in Vocational Education & Training (VET) for their development and job readiness” was signed on 5th December 2019 and its focus is primarily in educational institutions from Chisinau, Cahul, Nisporeni, Rezina, Orhei, Edinet, Riscani, and Balti cities. The project is addressing the critical needs of young girls and boys for health and rights education, supporting them to adopt safe behaviors, prevent early pregnancies, and successfully graduate the studies, and integrate into the labor market.

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), as the main coordinator of statistical system of the Republic of Moldova, is leading the implementation of the Strategy for Development of Statistical System. This project aims to improve institutional capacity of NBS in implementing its Operational Plan 2018 – 2020 based on the Strategy for Development of Statistical System 2016 – 2020. The project is run by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with NBS, with financial support from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UNFPA.

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In 2018 the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection launched the “Generations and Gender Programme” (GGP) that aims to strenghthen the availability of data on demographic processes of the Republic of Moldova. UN Populations Fund (UNFPA) became the main partner of the MoHLSP in the implementation of this Programme, with the role of increasing the capacity of national institutions to conduct the Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) using the internationally-recognized methodology, and to provide technical support to the Government in the development of human rights and evidencebased demographic policies.

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UNFPA Moldova, with support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection and Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Republic of
Moldova, aims to promote an enabling environment for women’s and men’s sustainable work-life balance. UNFPA Moldova will actively engage the private sector in the implementation of family-friendly workplace policies and the development of an organizational culture encouraging women’s labour market participation, while supporting the realisation of both women’s and men’s desired fertility.

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This project will transform the national statistical system towards a registerbased data and will contribute to the tracking and achievement of several national SDGs. Improving the accuracy and availability of administrative data is a commitment of the Strategy for Development of Statistical System 2020, and recommended by Eurostat, as part of the Adapted Global Assessment of the national system of official statistics of Moldova. As the experience of developed countries shows, that builds their statistical system based on register-based data, an interoperability platform for the exchange of administrative data increases the timeliness, reduce the costs, and provides more accurate and detailed estimates for various sub-population, including vulnerable groups. The statistical population register will be a cornerstone for the preparation of the upcoming Population and Housing Census in the 2020 Global Round and, in long term, will support the National Bureau of Statistics in moving from traditional census to register-based census.

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COVID-19 Technical Brief for Maternity Services

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This technical brief was developed by the UNFPA Global Ageing Network to complement the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (UN DESA) Issue Brief: Older Persons and COVID-19, which emphasized the humanitarian imperative of addressing older persons' specific needs within preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men.

Women represent 70 percent of the health and social sector workforce globally and special attention should be given to how their work environment may expose them to discrimination, as well as thinking about their sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs as frontline health workers.

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The goal of the qualitative sociological study is to explore and identify the key factors and behavioral patterns that lead to adolescent pregnancy, thus helping to identify the necessary interventions to prevent them. The study was based on 5 focus groups (2 with adolescents and 3 with specialists) and 68 in-depth interviews with young girls with pregnancy experience under age of 18 years, with the male partners of the young girls, the parents of adolescents and adolescents with pregnancy experience at age under 18 years old, specialists who had experience in teenage pregnancies in the past 3 years. For the collection of data, an interview guide adapted to each category of respondents was used. Data collection took place between December 2018 and March 2019.

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The Joint Fund, worth about $ 1.5 million, was created by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research (MoECR) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2017. In 2018, the Swiss Government joined the Fund with an additional financial contribution of $ 1 million. The Joint Fund aims to increase the level of civic participation and involvement of young people in local communities. In this sense, during the period 2017-2022, the development of the network of Youth Centers in the country takes place and partnerships are created between the School-Youth Center-other stakeholders / local actors.

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