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Uzbekistan celebrates the 70th anniversary of the United Nations

16Maintenance of peace and security, protection of human rights, and improvement of living conditions have been at the core of the activities of the United Nations, a global organisation founded 70 years ago for the benefit of humanity. The UN Office in Uzbekistan is staging broad celebrations of this milestone by holding a variety of events for the purpose of cementing cooperation with national partners and raising broad public awareness of the UN’s primary achievements since its inception as well as the outcomes of the UN’s cooperation with Uzbekistan and plans for the near future.

The press conference held on 23 October at the Kamolot Youth Art Palace as part of the celebrations featured representatives of UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO, UNODC, UNESCO, FAO, WHO and UNAIDS in Uzbekistan.

20151023_115202Speaking at the press conference, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner quoted words from General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s UN Day message that “seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity”, feeding the hungry, sheltering those driven from their homes and defending human rights for all regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.

The main part of Stefan Priesner’s speech revolved around the activities of the UN Office in Uzbekistan. More specifically, he noted that “over the last 22 years the UN has delivered technical assistance to Uzbekistan of more than $434 million, to support economic, governance, healthcare and education reforms. We also support efforts to counter drug trafficking, to protect the cultural heritage and environment and to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.”

Mr. Priesner also noted that 2015 is a very important year as it marks transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September by all the 193 UN member countries. SDGs are more comprehensive with additional focus on environmental sustainability and equity as well as peaceful and inclusive societies. “The implementation of SDGs is to take place at country level. Therefore, in the coming months it will be important to nationalize the global SDG to the country context. The UN system in the country is ready to support the country in this endeavor,” the UN Resident Coordinator said. 20151023_120032_HDR

The question-and-answer session between UN agencies and local journalists focused on issues relating to the cultural legacy of Uzbekistan, illegal drug trafficking, social protection of elderly people, reproductive health and general issues regarding the UN system.

The Secretary-General’s message on United Nations Day

UN70National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world.  But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us.

That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.

Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity.

Every day, the United Nations feeds the hungry and shelters those driven from their homes.

The United Nations vaccinates children who would otherwise die from preventable diseases.

The United Nations defends human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.

Our peacekeepers are on the frontlines of conflict; our mediators bring warriors to the peace table; our relief workers brave treacherous environments to deliver life-saving assistance.

The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people, and cares for the earth, our one and only home.

And it is the diverse and talented staff of the United Nations who help bring the Charter to life.

The 70th anniversary is a moment to recognize their dedication – and to honour the many who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The world faces many crises, and the limits of collective international action are painfully clear.  Yet no single country or organization can address today’s challenges alone.

The timeless values of the UN Charter must remain our guide.  Our shared duty is to “unite our strength” to serve “we the peoples”.

To mark this anniversary, monuments and buildings across the world are being illuminated in UN blue.  As we shine a light on this milestone anniversary, let us reaffirm our commitment to a better and brighter future for all.

Central Asia’s first Eco Park created in Tashkent

Eco-parkOver 200 UN Uzbekistan staff members came together at the Alisher Navoi National Park in Tashkent to participate in an environmental campaign dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The event was organized in conjunction with the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan and with support from Tashkent Hokimiyat (Mayor’s Office).

The staff of twelve UN agencies working in Uzbekistan planted a variety of trees, some of which have been designated as endangered species in Uzbekistan. This initiative carries symbolic implications for the entire UN system in Uzbekistan as it has had UN staff members rally around the cause of environmental protection. This is particularly important considering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly in September this year that includes the Sustainable Development Goals. Ensuring environmental sustainability is at the core of the agenda.

Today’s event has given the UN staff an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to UN ideals and the promotion of sustainable development – a development that leads to prosperity and expansion of economic opportunities as well as protection of the environment.

Opening the event, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner said this was a special day as it laid the groundwork for the first-ever Eco Park in Central Asia. He also noted the deep symbolical significance of the environmental campaign because the trees planted in the park will symbolize the close cooperation between the United Nations and Uzbekistan.

The chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Council of the Ecological Movement, Boriy Alikhanov, speaking at the opening ceremony, mentioned the Movement’s efforts to address environmental problems and expressed hope that cooperation with the UN will continue to thrive.

Today’s event will not be limited to planting trees alone. UN agencies took on commitments to take care of the Eco Park, which is set to become a symbol of the UN’s contribution to Green Development in Uzbekistan.

The Secretary-General’s remarks to media after Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Statement by the Secretary-General on International Day of Peace

peaceday2015This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.

Although it may seem hopelessly distant, the dream of peace pulses in the lives of people everywhere.

There is no group more poised to help realize this dream than today’s young people. They are part of the largest generation of youth in history, more aware and connected than any before. I urge all governments to make greater investments in realizing the potentially massive contributions of the world’s young peacebuilders.

At the same time, we need to mobilize all partners who share the goal of peace. Non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups and corporations all have a role to play in fostering social progress, protecting the environment and creating a more just, stable and peaceful world. The value of this collaboration is our theme for the Day: “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.”

We live at a moment of peril – but this is also an era of great promise. In a matter of days, leaders from across the globe will gather at the United Nations to adopt the 2030 agenda, our 15-year plan to achieve sustainable development. This is fundamental to ushering in a life of dignity for all, where poverty is history and peace is paramount.

On the International Day, as we mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, let us seize the opportunity achieve the Organization’s founding purpose: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.

Ban Ki-moon

The Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day of Youth

Youth-day-2015Emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting political conditions, economic turmoil and social transformations are combining to heighten the challenges facing the world’s young people. No one knows better than them the issues at stake or the best way to respond. That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.

As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions. Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before.

I applaud the millions of young people who are protesting for rights and participation, addressing staggering levels of youth unemployment, raising their voices against injustice, and advocating global action for people and the planet.

In this landmark year, as leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever. At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world.

Volunteerism is an ideal way to improve society – and it is open to virtually everyone. Youth can also join forces with the United Nations as we move from forging the new sustainable development goals to implementing them. That spirit of action is embodied in the theme of this International Day: “Youth and Civic Engagement.”

I stand with the world’s young people in calling for measures to secure human rights, economic progress, environmental stewardship and social inclusion.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Charter and the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth. In support of their aims, my Youth Envoy is helping to mobilize this largest generation of young people in history. As he says, youth engagement can help turn the world we want into the world we deserve.

Let us all support young people in creating a future where our planet is protected and all people live in dignity.

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!