Monthly Archives: January 2016

UN Resident Coordinator Stefan Priesner delivers lecture at WIUT

UN Resident Coordinator Stefan Priesner delivers lecture at WIUTOn January 27, 2016, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner delivered a lecture at Westminster International University in Tashkent. Titled “Role of UN in Globalized World: Focus on Development”, the lecture was organized in an effort to raise public awareness of the UN’s achievements.

At the start of the lecture, Mr. Priesner told those gathered about the three fundamental goals the UN strives to maintain: peace and security, development, and human rights. Defining development goals plays a crucial role in reaching these goals. This can be exemplified by the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in 2015.

After a brief analysis of the MDGs achieved in Uzbekistan and other countries, Mr. Priesner spoke about the Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted the importance and implications of this new milestone in the history of the UN.

The Resident Coordinator also focused on key elements of SDGs such as welfare, environmental protection, protection of human rights and dignity, injustice and partnerships. Toward the end of the lecture, Mr. Priesner told students how the UN expects to implement the SDG global agenda at country level. Countries across the world have to adapt these global goals to the national context and take measures to achieve them.

The new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Uzbekistan for 2016-2020 defines how UN agencies will be assisting the country with the implementation of the SDGs.

Stefan Priesner outlines UN Priorities for Uzbekistan in 2016

Stefan Priesner outlines UN Priorities for Uzbekistan in 2016Dear friends

I would like to extend my warmest greetings

  • 2015 was a very important year for the United Nations. World leaders endorsed the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework – a roadmap to guide the global community toward a sustainable path of development for the next 15 years until 2030.
  • 2015 was also very significant for the cooperation between the United Nations family in Uzbekistan and the Government as we agreed on and launched a new 5-year cycle of cooperation – the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Uzbekistan for 2016-2020.
  • This – the global and the local framework – is the starting point for a dynamic year 2016 and here are our priorities:
  • First 2016 is an important year for adapting the global SDGs to the national context.
  • The UN system in Uzbekistan will be supporting the Government in SDG localization through:
    • engaging in stakeholder consultations; developing targets and indicators that are tailored to the country’s specific situation – will help the country to fully participate in this global effort
    • Many of these targets are already in the UNDAF, since it is closely aligned to the SDG framework.
    • Hence our second priority is to agree on a detailed workplan with the Government in our six areas of cooperation – health, education, livelihoods, social protection, environment and governance; this will be completed soon and then we are in implementation mode – we foresee a volume of 25 mill. USD, supporting some 40 different Govt. and non-govt. institutions for 2016
    • Thirdly, the UN system is planning to dedicate special efforts to support the Government in the “Year of Healthy Mother and Healthy Child”.
    • We are looking forward to joining our efforts to support the Government in this regard through such assistance as:
    • further improvement of quality of mother and child health care services (new-born care, including emergency  obstetric and antenatal care)
    • launching a UN joint programme to address the needs of Persons with Disabilities, including women and children with disabilities;
    • providing policy advice to the Government on enhancing employment opportunities for women and girls;
    • supporting the formulation of policy recommendations on improving the social protection of female headed households;
    • So in conclusion: we look very much forward to a fruitful and vibrant year of cooperation with the Govt. the aim of promoting people-centered development in Uzbekistan

UN presents awards to adolescents living with HIV for best essays themed “My Positive Life!”

UN presents awards to adolescents living with HIV  for best essays  On the eve of World AIDS Day 2015 with the purpose to support adolescents living with HIV, UN agencies in Uzbekistan launched an essay contest with the overarching theme of “My Positive Life!”. To participate in the contest, the UN invited adolescents living with HIV between the ages of 10 to 19. On 12 January 2016 the award ceremony for best essays took place at the United Nations Office in Uzbekistan. UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Mr. Stefan Priesner emphasized these adolescents’ courage, strength of spirit and their commitment to be active members of the society. He stressed that in order to improve the support currently provided to HIV-positive youth, the United Nations and all organizations working in this area need to hear the voices of adolescents and to understand their needs  and aspirations.

After the ceremony, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Mr. Robert Fuderich asked the participants what career paths they would like to take. With confidence and without the slightest doubt, each one of them stated the profession of their dreams. Mr. Priesner was surprised that already at this early age, young people had a concrete plan for their future. In that case, he highlighted, each of them will definitely be able to achieve their goals. Mr. Fuderich also expressed his conviction that the evident talents and dedication of these adolescents will soon lead them to great success. Mr. Komiljon Akhmedov, a representative of the UNAIDS Country Office in Uzbekistan, reiterated the activity and leadership skills of the adolescents.

The adolescents, in their turn, expressed gratitude for this attention from the United Nations and for the opportunity to tell someone about their lives, to ponder and understand their own dreams and priorities, to chart their own path to achieve them, and most importantly – to share their thoughts with the readers and be heard.

Many of these adolescents living with HIV are members of an innovative peer education project, which is supported by UN agencies in Uzbekistan.

Below you can read the 1st place essay! Once again congratulations to our winner!

My advice to boys living with HIV!!

I am 17 years old. Since 2006 I have been living with HIV. Now I am taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART plays a big role in my life because this medicine assures my longevity. Since 2012 I have been a member of the adolescent support group and actively taken part in consulting and supporting my peers. In this group, I have been working on a “peer to peer” basis. Trying to use my time with benefit, the group’s curator and I give guidance and teach useful skills to children from orphanages who have HIV. People living with HIV should be engaged in meaningful and purposeful activities. The presence of true friends and loved ones is of great importance in the life of a person living with HIV. Help and support of such people gives courage and reduces the negative impact of stress on the immune system. The absence of people’s support has a negative impact on the general condition of the person and is the impetus for a rapid deterioration of health. People with HIV-positive status have the same right to live with future plans as HIV-negative people.

I would say the following to every peer and to all my unmet friends:

My unmet friends!!

I do not know who you are, how old you are and what you are up to now. I do not know how you lived before or how you live now, but I can say with confidence that happy, joyful days are on their way to you! You are going through trials of your destiny, but I believe in you, you will surely find strength for this. I also believe that you will be able to turn the difficulties encountered on your way to your benefit, to improve your life and become the best person. Because how you live your life depends on you alone. Only Allah knows how long we will live, but you should learn to enjoy life and joyfully appreciate its every moment.

Appreciate every step! Appreciate every breath! Appreciate every day, every hour!

Learn to love and to be able to forgive!

Do not regret anything, live rejoicing! Dream and try to achieve your dreams!

You are strong! Do not stray from your path, listen to your conscience! Be an individual!

Appreciate life and the most important thing: do not ever fall into despair, everything will be alright!

I am happy and follow my huge dreams, I believe that YOU CAN DO THIS TOO!


Many Languages, One World Essay Now Open

Many Languages, One World Essay contest 2016United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Educational Services Inc. have launched the 3rd annual Many Languages, One World essay contest!  The essay contest invites college and university students 18 years of age and older to write an essay in an official UN language on the theme of multilingualism and the role it can play in fostering global citizenship and cultural understanding. Sixty winners (10 for each of the official UN languages) will be selected to attend a week long Global Youth Forum in New York and speak at an event in the UN General Assembly in July.

The contest deadline is 31 March 2016 and more information, including contest rules and eligibility, can be found at

The Transformation to a More Sustainable and Just World Begins Now

Mogens Lykketoft:"The transformation to a more sustainable and just world begins now"Ask anyone for their abiding memory of 2015 and they will most likely recall a negative one.

Some will recall the horrifying stories of death and destruction caused by conflicts around the world, most notably in Syria where over 250,000 people have lost their lives and almost 11 million people have been displaced. Others will recall a sense of grief, fear and anger after violent extremists attacked, tortured, kidnapped and executed innocent civilians around the world. Others still might recall a simple but disturbing fact they heard in passing – that 2015 was the hottest year on record or that over 15,000 children continue to die annually, mostly from preventable diseases.

Yet, despite all of this, 2015 was also a year of progress and breakthroughs.

2015 was the year, for instance, when health workers and public officials supported by the international community brought an end to the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It was the year when the UN Millennium Development Goals expired, having helped to reduce the number of people living in extreme poverty globally by over 50%. And it was the year when talks not tanks led to improvements in Cuba/US relations, an Iranian nuclear deal, a breakthrough in peace-talks in Colombia, transition in the Central African Republic. And most recently, a roadmap on resolving the Syria conflict was agreed on in the Security Council; the hope is that finally we can begin to contain this horrible humanitarian disaster.

Each of these is a great achievement in its own right. But it was the adoption, by more than 193 members of the United Nations, of three major international agreements that gives me greatest hope for the future.

In September, world leaders descended on New York to embrace a new compact for people and planet anchored in 17 Sustainable Development Goals known as the SDGs. In Addis Ababa, just two months earlier, those same leaders committed to a new global framework on finance, capacity building, technology, trade, debt and other issues to support the realization of these goals. And in Paris earlier this month, after years of disappointment, they overcame divisions and agreed on how to avert catastrophic climate change while advancing human progress.

Through these agreements, governments everywhere have committed to advance three critical transformations in our world. First, they committed to address the root causes of poverty and hunger and to advance human development and gender equality everywhere. Second, they agreed to promote shared prosperity while transitioning to a low-carbon climate-resilient economy and protecting our natural environment. And, third, they agreed to improve governance at all levels so as to bring about more peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Skeptics will of course question both the ability and commitment of governments to translate these agreements into real change. But not only do I believe that we can succeed, I truly believe that we will succeed.

Let me explain why.

After 50 years in politics, I have never seen negotiations that were more deliberative or more inclusive than those that gave rise to these agreements. The result is that these agreements have real political buy-in at the highest possible level. They have also helped create a global movement for positive change, involving civil society, young people, private companies and more, that will be with us every step of the way over the next fifteen years. And from the Millennium Development Goals to reduction in the price of renewables, many governments and many companies are demonstrating that the change we need is not only possible but already happening.

In 2016, however, we must build on this momentum and secure early implementation. To do so, we need action from all actors. As President of the United Nations General Assembly, this is my top priority.

Governments, for example, must identify and plan for the changes they need to undertake to reach these new Goals. They must invest in essential services so that all people can fulfill their potential. They must create an enabling legal and policy framework that encourages more responsible consumption and increased investment in sustainable infrastructure. And they must advance more transparent and inclusive governance so that everyone pays their fair share, people live in freedom and security, and societies become more cohesive and more equal.

At the international level, we need a United Nations system that is ready to give countries the support they need. We also need to ensure that exclusive economic decision-making forums, such as the World Bank and IMF, the G20 etc, become more aligned with this new Agenda.

In the area of peace and security, we need changes at the UN so that we can become better at preventing conflicts and protecting human rights before it is too late.

The Sustainable Development Goals also demand action from the private sector. They must align their corporate activities with the essence of the new Goals. They can turn their innovation towards finding SDG solutions and partner with governments and other key actors to support and finance implementation. This includes the global finance industry which must now embrace the shift. Governments must ensure a framework of regulation and taxation for the private sector that makes it obvious that green investment is not just the best for the environment and the future of mankind, but the best for business too.

Finally, change will not happen without action and pressure from civil society and ordinary people everywhere. Non-governmental organizations need to hold governments to account for the commitments they have made in 2015. Philanthropic foundations need to support causes that are aligned with the SDGs and work more effectively with governments and other actors. And ordinary citizens, young people, and others can use the incredible explosion in information technology in recent years to become key drivers of implementation.

If 2015 was a year of incredible breakthroughs, then 2016 must mark the moment when all of us begin to deliver, when we begin to make the transformation needed to a more sustainable and just world.

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