Monthly Archives: February 2016

UNDP’s Global 50th Anniversary

UNDP’s Global 50th AnniversaryToday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a celebratory event at its Uzbekistan Country Office, recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the agency’s formation, and celebrating over twenty years of collaboration with national partners. Presentations of UNDP’s global and national work was followed with traditional Uzbekistan cuisine, and a discussion of future directions for national work.

In 1966 UNDP was established with a pledge to dedicate resources to eliminate development gaps and achieve global equality in standard of life, later encapsulated in the new millennia as the goal of Human Development. Over the last half-century UNDP has coordinated global efforts to limit hunger, disease, unemployment, gender inequality, infant mortality and environmental degradation, and address many other challenges on national, regional and global levels.

The last 15 years have seen an unprecedented effort by UNDP, fellow UN agencies, civil society and government partners around the globe to eradicate extreme poverty and its facets, and the Sustainable Development Goals will build on these core efforts with their intended achievement by 2030. Within a twenty-year period in Uzbekistan, UNDP has served as a vital resource aid speeding Uzbekistan’s growth and development, through addressing global and regional economic and environmental difficulties.

“In the last 50 years UNDP has been at the forefront of development debates (human development, MDGs, SDGs). It was also on the frontlines of helping countries to implement reforms and of coordinating the UN development system. In Uzbekistan we have been proud of our close relationship with Government, NGOs and the citizens of Uzbekistan for the last 23 years.”

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To learn more about UNDP’s worldwide 50th Anniversary celebrations, visit the official global event www.50.undp.org and www.twitter.com/hashtag/UNDP50, and tweet #UNDP50 to spread the word! Visit www.uz.undp.org to learn about our on-going initiatives, and keep an eye out for UNDP Uzbekistan’s upcoming 50th Anniversary publication.

The Secretary-General’s message on World Radio Day

World Radio Day 2016In times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline.

For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news, radio brings lifesaving information.

Radio can help in emergency response operations – and it can assist with rebuilding.

Through community radio, local people can raise their voices and be heard.

This year, as we start carrying out the Sustainable Development Goals, let us resolve to use radio for human progress.

In the lead-up to the World Humanitarian Summit this May, let us find ways for radio to do even more to help people in emergencies.

On this World Radio Day, let us resolve to prove that radio saves lives.

 

The Secretary-General’s message on World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day 2016World Cancer Day, always an opportunity to rally the world, has special impetus this year thanks to the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to usher in a life of dignity for all people.

The Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by all governments call for reducing by one third premature death from non-communicable diseases. This builds on an historic commitment made in 2011 by Heads of State. We are also guided by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and the Every Woman Every Child movement behind it, which are working for stronger health systems, universal health care coverage and scaling up of life-saving interventions for comprehensive cancer prevention and control.

We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts. About one third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care.

Cancer affects all countries, but those with fewer resources are hit hardest. Nothing illustrates this better than the burden of cervical cancer. The world’s poorest countries are home to more than 8 in 10 women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 9 in 10 deaths from the disease.

While applauding the success of cervical cancer screening in many high-income countries, we have a responsibility to replicate this progress in low-income States, where cervical cancer remains one of the most common cancers among women.

Today, we have the knowledge, experience and tools to protect every woman, everywhere. Comprehensive cervical cancer prevention includes vaccines to protect girls against future infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), screening measures and preventive treatment of pre-cancers.

Where a person lives should not determine if they develop a cancer or die from it. We must work together to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue and to reduce the burden that millions face from all cancers.

On World Cancer Day, let us resolve to end the injustice of preventable suffering from this disease as part of our larger push to leave no one behind.