Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a celebratory event at its Uzbekistan Country Office, recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the agency’s formation, and celebrating over twenty years of collaboration with national partners. Presentations of UNDP’s global and national work was followed with traditional Uzbekistan cuisine, and a discussion of future directions for national work.
In 1966 UNDP was established with a pledge to dedicate resources to eliminate development gaps and achieve global equality in standard of life, later encapsulated in the new millennia as the goal of Human Development. Over the last half-century UNDP has coordinated global efforts to limit hunger, disease, unemployment, gender inequality, infant mortality and environmental degradation, and address many other challenges on national, regional and global levels.
The last 15 years have seen an unprecedented effort by UNDP, fellow UN agencies, civil society and government partners around the globe to eradicate extreme poverty and its facets, and the Sustainable Development Goals will build on these core efforts with their intended achievement by 2030. Within a twenty-year period in Uzbekistan, UNDP has served as a vital resource aid speeding Uzbekistan’s growth and development, through addressing global and regional economic and environmental difficulties.
“In the last 50 years UNDP has been at the forefront of development debates (human development, MDGs, SDGs). It was also on the frontlines of helping countries to implement reforms and of coordinating the UN development system. In Uzbekistan we have been proud of our close relationship with Government, NGOs and the citizens of Uzbekistan for the last 23 years.”
To learn more about UNDP’s worldwide 50th Anniversary celebrations, visit the official global event www.50.undp.org and www.twitter.com/hashtag/UNDP50, and tweet #UNDP50 to spread the word! Visit www.uz.undp.org to learn about our on-going initiatives, and keep an eye out for UNDP Uzbekistan’s upcoming 50th Anniversary publication.