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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

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 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.