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.