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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

WHO urges improvement of food safety from farm to plate

World_Health_Day_2015_press_conferenceAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), food-borne diseases annually kill an estimated 2 million people, including children. The theme of this year’s World Health Day, marked every year on April 7, is food safety. To highlight the importance of food safety, officials and members of the UN office in Uzbekistan and the Ministries of Health, Public Education, and Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan held a press conference at Poytaht Business Center in Tashkent.

In his World Health Day message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers… WHO and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) work together to set international standards for safe food.  They assess the safety of new food technologies, and help countries to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks of food-borne disease… WHO is calling on countries and all actors to improve food safety from farm to plate and everywhere in between.”

Speakers at the press conference included Deputy Minister of Health Saidmurod Saidaliyev, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner, and WHO Representative in Uzbekistan Dr. Asmus Hammerich.

Priesner said that healthcare is one of the key areas of cooperation between the United Nations and the Government of Uzbekistan. In his turn, Dr. Hammerich noted that agriculture, food transportation companies, public catering services and the food industry play the primary role in ensuring food safety.

Saidaliyev said that the Ministry of Health is the primary body in the system of monitoring the quality and safety of food in Uzbekistan. Komiljon Muhamedov of the Ministry of Health did a presentation with detailed information on how Uzbekistan monitors food safety. In particular, he said that among the priorities in this area are improvement of the relevant legislation and the potential of laboratories as well as raising public awareness of healthy food and healthy eating.

To prevent food poisoning, WHO recommends five simple rules:

1. Keep clean
2. Separate raw and cooked
3. Cook thoroughly
4. Keep food at safe temperatures
5. Use safe water and raw materials

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