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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.

MDG national progress report presented in Uzbekistan

MDG's-reportMembers of Uzbek ministers, agencies, international organizations, diplomatic missions and civil society experts attended a presentation of the Second MDG National Progress Report for Uzbekistan on April 30, 2015 in Tashkent. The report presented an analysis and assessment of progress in achieving MDGs in 2000-2013.

The presentation kicked off with opening remarks by Uzbekistan’s Minister of Economy Ms. Galina Saidova, who said that conclusions in the report reveal that despite global economic instability the Government of Uzbekistan has succeeded in ensuring balance between key development goals (economic growth generated by structural reforms, for one) and growth in prosperity for all segments of the population. Ms. Saidova noted that the balanced economic policies enabled Uzbekistan to cut low-income rates nearly twofold from 2000 to 2014.  She also presented data that testify to marked progress in the areas of education, gender equality, healthcare and environmental protection.

UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner noted that an effective dialogue had been set up between the Government of Uzbekistan and UN agencies as part of preparations for the report. As a result, Mr. Priesner said, the report reflects key challenges and tasks to be dealt with that will help define Uzbekistan’s post-2015 development goals in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals. He added that the focus of the report on regional differences in achieving MDGs also ensures that we smoothly switch to discussions of nationalization of the post-2015 global action agenda that will, among other things, seek to ensure that “no one is left behind”, one of the principles of the agenda.

Those gathered learned that eight working groups involving national experts from 15 ministries and agencies as well as members of eight UN agencies had been set up ahead of preparations for the report. In addition, four rounds of working meetings and roundtables had been put together to discuss the logic and key ideas of the document. The process also involved international consultants.

The main conclusions of the report and progress in MDG achievement were presented by representatives of the Center of Economic Research, an institution that coordinated report preparations.

Members of the UN Office in Uzbekistan rolled out the primary principles and directions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are being developed at global level to succeed MDGs.

Concluding the presentation, Ms. Saidova highlighted the important role the UN plays in rallying countries of the world around development concepts such as the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Priesner thanked partners for their efforts on the report and encouraged them to continue with the effective dialogue and collaboration in the name of development.

UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan talks about the organization’s priorities in 2015

Stefan Priesner -Headsup2015As in previous years, the UN Office in Uzbekistan presents the primary areas of cooperation between the UN system and the Government of Uzbekistan for 2015. In a series of interviews prepared by the UN Information Office, the heads of UN agencies in Uzbekistan focus on their organizations’ immediate priorities.

In the first interview, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner talks about the key areas of the UN system’s activities for 2015.

Mr. Priesner talks about four areas of cooperation (bulleted below) that were determined in conjunction with the Uzbek Government and Parliament and NGOs in Uzbekistan during the process of developing a UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Uzbekistan for 2016-2020.

• Economic development (with a focus on jobs and social protection)
• Improvement of healthcare and education
• Environmental sustainability
• Effective governance and institutional development

The Resident Coordinator also drew attention to the tasks the UN will be working on in connection with the ‘Year of Care and Attention for the Senior Generation’ in Uzbekistan.

The interview with Mr. Stefan Priesner is available on UN Information Office’s YouTube channel.

Follow the links below to watch other related interviews on UN Information Office’s YouTube channel:

WHO Uzbekistan priorities

UNDP Uzbekistan priorities

UNESCO Uzbekistan priorities 

ILO Uzbekistan priorities

UNODC Central Asia priorities

UNICEF Uzbekistan priorities

UNAIDS Country Office priorities 

UN Day celebrated in Uzbekistan

UNDay2014On 24 October, 2014 at the Art Center “Tashkent Plaza”, Tashkent city a UN press-conference has taken place on the occasion of observance of the 69th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Organization.

As stated by the UN Secretary General “The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.

The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead to realize the Charter’s vision.  But we can take heart from our achievements”.

The UN Millennium Development Goals have inspired the most successful global anti-poverty campaign ever.

Since the adoption of Millennium Declaration Uzbekistan has demonstrated a strong commitment towards the attainment of the MDGs.  Steady progress can be observed towards the attainment of MDGs in Uzbekistan due to sustained high rates of economic growth and the implementation of programmes in the social sector, particularly in education and health.

The United Nations assistance to Uzbekistan in the progress towards its national MDGs has taken place through policy advice, programmatic support and technical assistance within the UN Development Assistance Framework in four broad areas of support: economic well being, social services, environment  and governance;

Over the last 20 years the UN delivered technical assistance to Uzbekistan for more than USD 340 million, including 29.8 million USD in 2013, to support the Government in economic, governance, healthcare and education reforms, countering drug trafficking, protection of Uzbekistan’s cultural treasures, the environment protection and combating the spread of HIV/AIDS.

There is now ongoing global consultation process on Post-2015 development agenda which will be built on MDGs with added dimensions on economic and environmental sustainability, peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Post-2015 uuniversal agenda will aim to ensure that no one is left behind.

The role of reliable data and analysis will be more than ever important to effectively target the policies to the most vulnerable.

Economic and social development is difficult to sustain in societies where people do not enjoy their fundamental rights on equal basis. The UN’s key comparative advantage is in supporting countries by ensuring linkages between the UN normative framework implied by core conventions and the country level development interventions.