As part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, chiefs of UN agencies in Uzbekistan delivered a series of lectures on sustainable development for students of five universities in Tashkent. Organized by the UN Office in Tashkent in partnership with Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, the lectures were based on the thematic areas of the 2016-2020 UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) programme for Uzbekistan.
The first in the series of lectures was delivered by UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Robert Fuderich on 11 November at Tashkent Economic University. The lecture focused on economic development and social protection. Mr. Fuderich placed emphasis on the concepts of “equal rights” and “justice” as well as the importance of the three components of sustainable development: the environment, justice and economic development.
On 12 November, Tashkent Agrarian University students had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Deputy Representative of UNDP in Uzbekistan Farid Karahanov and reinforce their understanding of problems such as global climate change, preservation of biological diversity, effective use of natural resources as well as provision of environmental sustainability in the context of sustainable development.
On 13 November, Tashkent Medical Academy hosted the chief of UNFPA in Uzbekistan, Mieko Yabuta, who discussed issues in the development of healthcare, which is called to ensure comprehensive coverage and boost the quality of life and increase life expectancy globally.
On 24 November, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan Krista Pikkat met with Tashkent Pedagogical University students to discuss provision of access to quality education for all people and efforts to help them gain knowledge and learn skills that would enable them engage fully in society.
On 30 November, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner presented a lecture at the National University of Uzbekistan. Mr. Priesner talked about effective governance and the rule of law as fundamental factors in ensuring sustainable development.
On 27 November, the Research and Coordination Council of Uzbekistan’s National Human Rights Center held a session titled “Monitoring of the implementation of the National Action Plan on the fulfillment of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review and the UN treaty bodies on the results of the review of national reports of Uzbekistan on human rights and freedoms”.
The session kicked off with welcome remarks by the Director of the National Human Rights Center of Uzbekistan, Akmal Saidov, and UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Stefan Priesner.
Deputy Minister of Justice Anvar Usmanov presented a report on the activities of the Interagency Working Group on the study of the observance of human rights and freedoms by law enforcement and other state bodies. Deputy head of the Department of Human Rights Analysis and Research at the National Human Rights Center, Farida Bakayeva, made a speech focusing on the fulfillment of the 2014-2016 National Action Plan on the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council’s recommendations under the Universal Periodic Review and the UN treaty bodies on the results of the review of national reports of Uzbekistan on human rights and freedoms.
Those gathered also learnt about the contributions of the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan to the implementation of the action plan as well as foreign countries’ experience in the fulfillment of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council.
During breakout sessions, participants discussed the following themes: “Development of Civil Society”, “Further Deepening of Judicial and Legal Reform, Improvement of the Penitentiary System and Ensuring the Rule of Law”, and “Further Development of Social and Economic Programmes for Sustainable Development in Uzbekistan”.
The session determined areas in which the international community should assist Uzbekistan in the fulfillment of the National Action Plan, developed conclusions and recommendations to be considered by the Interagency Working Group on Human Rights, discussed further measures as a monitoring platform, and determined themes for 2015-2016 monitoring seminars.
The Journalist Retraining Centre, the UN Information Office and the UNESCO Office in Tashkent teamed up to organise a series of training sessions for international journalism students of Tashkent’s Uzbek World Languages University (UZWSLU) on 17-20 November.
The training sessions sought to boost the potential of aspiring radio journalists and laid emphasis on the specifics of genres, language and art of interactive communication as well as bumper music used by radio channels. The training included interactive exercises and discussions on the role radio journalism and particularly radio hosts play in a civil society.
Trainers involved in the sessions included professionals such as Associate Professor Iroda Ismailova of the Department of International Journalism at UZWSLU, the Editor-in-Chief of the news website anxor.uz, Lobar Islamova, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of O’zbekiston Radio Channel, Rano Yuldashaliyeva, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Uzbek-language section of Classic FM radio channel, Guli Ikromova.
On 20 November, a press conference in Tashkent focused on the annual campaign “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World”, which is part of the global campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” held worldwide from 25 November to 10 December in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Although opportunities for women worldwide to realize their opportunities have been expanded, gender equality issues and violence against women remain acute; WHO’s 2014 report indicates that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Speaking at the press conference, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Robert Fuderich drew attention to the fact that violence against women has long-lasting and grave consequences: death, injury, and loss of job are just the tip of the iceberg, and to eliminate discrimination of women and achieve gender equality, it is important that everyone, the whole world, work hard in all areas.
Staff members of the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan, the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, the National Association of NGOs and Uzbekistan-India Friendship Society spoke about their experience in participating in this campaign and efforts to support women’s rights. The Director of the Civil Initiative Support Center, Dilovar Kabulova, told those gathered about the goals of the campaign as well as dates being observed as part of the campaign:
25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
1 December – Worlds AIDS Day
3 December – International Day of People with Disabilities
8 December – Constitution Day in the Republic of Uzbekistan
10 December – Human Rights Day
The UN Information Office in Tashkent joined ‘HeForShe’ gender equality campaign that kicked off in Central Asia in the run-up to the International Day of the Child Girl (11 October). The event is part of UN Women’s ‘HeForShe’ global solidarity campaign seeking to advance gender equality and bring together one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.
Every individual, irrespective of his or her gender, should enjoy equal rights to development and all social benefits. Girls and women must be provided with the same opportunities that boys and men enjoy. This has been echoed by campaign participants — fathers who have spoken out about how they view the world for their daughters. Every day on 4-12 November we posted photos of fathers with their daughters that you can view on our Facebook page.
You can also join the campaign by:
- posting a photo or video on a social network stating your answer to the question “What kind of world do you want for your daughter?”
- sharing information about the campaign with your friends on social networks. Campaign hashtags: #FathersAreHeForShe, #HeForShe, or
- taking a stand for gender equality on heforshe.org.