Tag Archives: governance

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

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.