Monthly Archives: November 2015

Chiefs of UN agencies deliver sustainable development lectures for Uzbek students

The UN Office in Uzbekistan has launched a series of lectures on sustainable developmentAs 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.

Session on the monitoring of the implementation of the National Action Plan on the fulfillment of UN Human Rights Council recommendations

Session on the monitoring of the implementation of the National Action Plan on the fulfillment of UN Human Rights Council recommendationsOn 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 Secretary-General’s message on the International day for the elimination of violence against women

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION  OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMENThe atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress.

I am deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls living in conditions of armed conflict, who suffer various forms of violence, sexual assault, sexual slavery and trafficking. Violent extremists are perverting religious teachings to justify the mass subjugation and abuse of women. These are not random acts of violence, or the incidental fallout of war, but rather systematic efforts to deny women’s freedoms and control their bodies. As the world strives to counter and prevent violence extremism, the protection and empowerment of women and girls must be a key consideration.

Roughly half of today’s 60 million forcibly displaced people are women.  Many who flee war and violence are often exploited by unscrupulous smugglers, and frequently suffer gender discrimination and xenophobia in host societies.  Those who are too young, too old or too frail to make the risky journey are left behind even more vulnerable without those who have left.

Even in areas at peace, violence against women persists in the form of femicide, sexual assault, female genital mutilation/cutting, early marriage and cyberviolence. These practices traumatize individuals and tear at the fabric of society.

I have led a global response through the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and the HeForShe initiative to engage men in promoting gender equality.  I call on governments to increase contributions to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which aims to address chronic underinvestment in this area.

Millions of people across the world are uniting under the banner colour orange, chosen to symbolize the brighter future of a world free from violence against women and girls. This year, in a sign of the growing momentum for change, orange lights will illuminate iconic landmarks from the historic ruins at Petra in Jordan to Niagara Falls in North America.

We can also blaze a path to a future of dignity and equality for all by implementing the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognizes the importance of eliminating violence against women, with related targets across several of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Recent major reviews of United Nations peace operations, peacebuilding efforts and the women, peace and security agenda have all highlighted the critical value of women’s participation in peace and security.

The pervasiveness of violence against women and girls means we can all take steps to address it. Let us join forces to end this crime, promote full gender equality and realize a world where women and girls enjoy the safety they deserve – for their sake and for all of humanity.

UN Information Office co-organises training sessions for aspiring journalists

Training sessions for international journalism students of Tashkent’s Uzbek World Languages UniversityThe 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.

Sixteen days of women empowerment in Uzbekistan

16-days-of-activism-2015On 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 Secretary-General’s message on Universal Children’s Day

The Universal Children’s DayThe Universal Children’s Day is dedicated to promoting the well-being and human rights of the world’s children, especially those suffering the impacts of poverty, armed conflict, discrimination and exploitation.  The date of the observance — 20 November — marks the day on which, in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Today, we reaffirm our obligation to do everything in our power to enable all children to survive and thrive, learn and grow, have their voices heard and reach their full potential.

This year, I wish to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the commitments made by the international community to the world’s children are extended to a group of children who are often forgotten or overlooked: those deprived of their liberty.

Far too many children languish in jail, mental health facilities or through other forms of detention.  Some children are vulnerable because they are migrants, asylum seekers, homeless or preyed on by organized criminals.  Whatever the circumstances, the Convention dictates that the deprivation of liberty must be a measure of last resort, and for the shortest time. Our aim must be to pursue the best interests of the child, prevent the deprivation of liberty and promote alternatives to detention.

With that in mind, and further to a request by the General Assembly, the United Nations is preparing a Global Study that aims to shine a light on the scale and conditions of children deprived of their liberty and secure the protection of their rights. The study will gather relevant data, identify good practices and help countries grasp the worrisome magnitude of the phenomenon and design measures to address it.  A coalition of UN actors has come together to assemble resources and expertise to take the study forward. I strongly support this effort and urge Member States to do so as well.

This year’s observance falls at a time when 60 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes – more than at any time since the Second World War.  Almost half of them are children fleeing oppression, terrorism, violence and other violations of their human rights.  This observance also comes following the landmark adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which can point the way towards peaceful, prosperous and inclusive societies for all.  Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will depend crucially on reaching the most vulnerable children.

On Universal Children’s Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to a future in which
no child is left behind, including those deprived of their liberty.

 

Uzbek dads participate in HeForShe campaign

he-for-she-in-uzbekistanThe 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.