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Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator at the occasion of New Year 2017

Dear friends,

First of all I would like to extend my warm congratulations on behalf of the UN in Uzbekistan at the occasion of the New Year 2017!

The year of 2016 both at global and national level was a year of challenges and yet new opportunities.

2016 marked the beginning of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework, which defines the path of world development until 2030 as endorsed by all 193 UN member states. The key principle of the SDGs – “to leave nobody behind” – requires strong institutions with highest regards to minimum standards and a framework that enables rights and freedoms.

2016 was a seminal year in the fight against climate change through the ratification of the Paris Climate Change Accord. To date 191 countries have signed and 81 ratified this agreement, which is expected to accelerate action on what often is seen as the global challenge of the 21st century.

The year of 2016 also witnessed a consensual selection of the new (the ninth) UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres from Portugal. Mr. Guterres embarked on his mandate on 1 January 2017 and pledged to work at the service of all countries and to help find solutions that benefited all people.

At the country level, in 2016 the people of Uzbekistan were faced with the sudden demise of the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, H.E. Mr. Islam Karimov. The year also marked the victory of H.E. Mr. Mirziyoyev in the recent Presidential Elections of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Taking this opportunity, I would like to congratulate the people of Uzbekistan with the election of the incumbent President and the appointment of the Head of the Government.

In terms of our cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan we acknowledge the Government’s comprehensive approach in taking forward the SDG localization agenda in 2016. We were pleased to be part of the process and to contribute UN expertise to the adaptation of the global SDGs to the country context.

In full alignment with the SDGs, in 2016 the UN system embarked on the implementation of a new cycle of development cooperation embedded in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Uzbekistan for 2016-2020. The UNDAF is built around national development priorities and linked to the international normative framework, including SDGs and the ratified United Nations conventions.

We believe that the productive cooperation will be continued and further strengthened in 2017. We welcome the announcement of the year 2017 as the “Year of Dialogue and Human Interest” and as UN system in Uzbekistan stand ready to support the Government in shaping and implementing the reform agenda for 2017-2021.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to wish all people of Uzbekistan health, prosperity and happiness in the New Year of 2017. We look forward to working with the Government and other development partners to upscale our support for the sake of progress and prosperity of people of Uzbekistan.

 

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

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.

Central Asian dads support gender equality

he-for-sheA gender equality campaign, ‘HeForShe’, has kick-started in Central Asia, which will see fathers have their say on how they view the world for their daughters. 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.

The campaign was launched on the eve of 11 October declared by the UN as the International Day of the Child Girl. The goal of the observance is to attract attention to social problems and inequality faced by girls across the world on a daily basis. The problems include absence or lack of access to education, nutrition, healthcare, as well as social rights, discrimination, violence, and forced child marriage.

Gender inequality remains one of the most chronic human rights violations of the present day. In spite of major efforts launched many years ago, inequality between women/girls and men/boys continues to manifest itself starkly throughout the world.

The problem of gender equality concerns not only women. It is a human rights issue that affects all people – women and girls, men and boys. In daily life, gender equality leads to favorable social, political and economic results for all of us. Women empowerment brings benefits to entire humanity as a whole. Gender equality rids women – as well as men – of prescribed social roles and stereotypes.

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.

70th Anniversary of the UN: Donate a Talent

Donate a talentWhat is your favorite pastime? Are you into planting flowers? Do you love to sing and organize picnics for your friends? Do you boast remarkable skiing skills? Are you an excellent skydiver? Every person has a passion and a talent for something. Everyone enjoys life and makes the world more beautiful in their own way.

Seventy years ago, an organization was created in an effort to create a better world. Driven by a vision of enabling everyone to invest all their passion and skills in what they love to do, it now works throughout the globe.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the Information Office is launching ‘Donate a Talent’ campaign. It is our fervent belief that if everyone realizes their talent and shares it with the world, friends, colleagues or loved ones, the world will become a much better place. Doing something you are passionate about gives you pleasure. But that pleasure will be everyone’s if you share it with people around you.

A slew of celebrities – singers, film stars and craftspeople – as well as people of all stripes have joined the campaign and demonstrated their talents through videos that encourage each and every one to discover his or her own talent and donate it to the world.

You can become part of the campaign! Create a short video that highlights your skills, send us a link to the video, and we will post it on all the social networks of the UN Information Office! Share your talent with us!

UN Information Office launches an initiative in the run up to World Youth Skills Day

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UN Information Office has joined hands with top ten successful names in the capital in an effort to celebrate World Youth Skills Day marked on July 15.

You may wonder…

As many as 74.5 million young people were unemployed worldwide in 2013. Expressing concerns regarding this staggering figure, a year ago the UN General Assembly declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day.

Here is the point:

The high youth unemployment and underemployment rate is an acute problem. The majority of young people unable to get jobs live in developing countries. In recognition of this global problem and in commemoration of World Youth Skills Day 2015, the UN Information Office in Uzbekistan has initiated an awareness-raising campaign titled “If I Were You” aimed at steering young people toward informed life and job choices.

How this initiative is relevant:

“If I Were You” is a series of two-minute advice from ten successful leaders in Uzbekistan in various fields. Each guest, based on their own experience, shares one important recommendation with the millennials  that they believe will help them  improve their skills, boost their chances of landing a dream job and achieve career success. The initiative is a creative and youth-friendly  follow-up to concerns expressed in the Resolution of the UN General Assembly  A/C.3/69/L.13/Rev.1 to  “… enhance their(young people’s) ability to make informed choices with regard to life and work and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets,..” as well as its call on member states to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner “..through education, campaigns, volunteering and public awareness-raising activities.”

A side note..

We heartily believe “If I Were You” will motivate, educate and navigate. So, sharing it wide across our platforms is a highly recommended must! The clips are in Russian language with subtitles in English and will only be available on our Facebook page starting tomorrow -July 2, and will go live on YouTube on July 15 .

Click to see the trailer version of the campaign first and do follow us on FB andTwitter to watch the individual clips in full.

 

Presentation in West Camp

West-camp-presentationJune 22nd was a special day for some guests of the “West Camp” as they were expecting to view a presentation from the UN Information Office. Around 150 children of the 10-15 age range met UNIC representatives at the main hall of the camp in the midday. Children were excited to meet new people and participate in an interactive presentation-to-be. After the welcoming speech of the UN staff, young audience was introduced with a short video in the English language about the main United Nations information, followed by the discussion of the obtained information in Russian. After a quick Q&A section about the UN system to find out the average knowledge of the children, UN Information Office executives were impressed with the amount of data 10-15-year old people have about such a complicated organization as the United Nations.

After a quick quiz about the acronyms of the UN agencies and a brief discussion of their work, children were given some main information about MDGs and SDGs, as well as were shown a video about the results of the MDGs` implementation in Uzbekistan. In a continuation of the presentation, the discussion about the term “rights” and the rights of the children took place in West Camp. As it was discovered, the young audience was quite knowledgeable about its main universal rights. UN Information Office introduced three short cartoons on the mentioned topic, which were followed by the opinions of the audience on each video individually. To acknowledge those, who have memorized the majority of the presentation`s information, children were asked three questions so that three active individuals were awarded with special UNIC presents for the correct replies.

Two other activities were waiting for the “West Camp” young guests. One of them, was a famous game “The Hat” (“Крокодил”), where ten volunteers divided into two teams had to explain the acronyms of the UN Agencies to the members of their teams within one minute. The winning team was awarded with the UN booklets. Afterwards, ten other volunteers were invited to the stage to guess correct numerical answers on ten UN statistical questions appearing on the screen. Those, whose guesses were closer to real numbers, became winners. Those five people received UN informative brochures. Some additional distribution material about the United Nations was given to the workers of the camp so that every child could access it.  At the end of the one-hour long event, children enthusiastically asked the UN Information Office to visit them again.

EcoWeek 2015 concludes with children’s event

4Today, on World Environment Day, hundreds of children had the opportunity to join festivities at the Gofur Gulom Park held as part of EcoWeek 2015. Children and their parents were treated to exciting and colorful performances by Barkamol Avlod Children’s Art Center and participate in an asphalt art competition as well as drawing, design, knitting and modeling master classes.

To highlight contributions to environmental protection, the State Committee of Uzbekistan for Nature Protection awarded Certificates of Honor to Mirzo Ulugbek National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Institute of Chemical Technologies, Secondary School №163, Tashkent Professional College of Hydrometeorology, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration, and Barkamol Avlod Children’s Art Center.

The final day of EcoWeek 2015 included a clean-up event in Tashkent Region’s Bostonliq District.

This year’s EcoWeek has drawn to a close, but we should always remember that each and every one of us should take good care of the environment and make careful use of its resources. It is a responsibility we hold to future generations.

EcoWeek 2015: joining forces to conserve biodiversity

20150604_100845As many as 16,928 species of flora and fauna are presently on the verge of extinction. To conserve them for future generations, the United Nations adopted the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Uzbekistan is one of the 197 parties to the Convention. A presentation held today as part of EcoWeek 2015 highlighted the results of the project “National Planning in Biodiversity” created in Uzbekistan to contribute to the Convention.

Александр ГригорьянцAccording to Aleksandr Grigoryants, acting head of the State Inspection of Uzbekistan’s Committee for Protection and Rational Use of Fauna and Flora, biological diversity in Uzbekistan comprises around 27,000 species. Some of the species are gone forever, and they include the Turan tiger, the cheetah and the muskrat. In an effort to conserve the unique species of the world’s flora and fauna, Uzbekistan has taken serious steps in collaboration with the UN.

20150604_105838One outcome of the collaborative efforts is a joint project, National Planning in Biodiversity to Support the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Uzbekistan for 2011-2020, overseen by UNDP, the Global Environmental Facility and the State Committee of Uzbekistan for Nature Protection. Bulleted below are results of the project that the presentation centered on:

  • Development of 4 strategic goals and 10 national tasks
  • Revision and update of the National Strategy and Plan of Action to conserve biodiversity with the goal of ensuring compliance with the CBD strategic plan
  • Improvement of the mechanisms of mediation and accountability to CBD

Friendly matches, races held as part of EcoWeek 2015

Ecoweek-2015-2-1Representatives of Uzbek ministries, agencies, NGOs and media organizations have joined a marathon held today at the Management Development Institute of Singapore in Tashkent as the second day of EcoWeek 2015 unfolded in Uzbekistan.

Ecoweek-2015-day-2-2The marathon program included a 500-meter race, a 60-meter race and a friendly mini-football tournament between teams representing the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, the State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources and the State Committee of Uzbekistan for Nature Protection.

Ecoweek-2015-day-2-3The participants of today’s marathon are individuals, whose jobs are directly linked with environmental protection, socio-economic development as well as cultural and educational activities. Mutual partners, they used their own example to highlight the importance of every person’s participation in major events and campaigns seeking to rally people and remind the broader public of the importance of environmental protection.