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UN Secretary-General visits Uzbekistan

SG_VisitOn 11-12 June, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Uzbekistan, where he held talks with President Islam Karimov. He also visited the ancient city of Bukhara, which is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

During the bilateral meeting between Ban Ki-moon and Islam Karimov the sides discussed a wide range of global issues across the United Nations agenda of peace, development and human rights.

The UN chief was in Uzbekistan as part of his Central Asian tour, which included visits to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

The visit by the UN Secretary General to Uzbekistan coincides with the signing of the new 2016-2020 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which is a strategic cooperation framework between the UN and Uzbekistan.

The Secretary-General highlighted Uzbekistan’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals – in reducing poverty and maternal mortality, ensuring universal access to primary education, and securing gender parity in primary and secondary schools.  He also expressed confidence that Uzbekistan will excel in taking forward the Sustainable Development Goals expected to be adopted in the coming months.

In a brief encounter with the local press, the UN chief praised the recent adoption by Uzbekistan of a National Action Plan on follow-up to Universal Periodic Review. Its implementation will help improve Uzbekistan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, he said.

Turning to the tragedy of the Aral Sea, the SG highlighted the UN assistance to those affected by the disaster and called for more attention and resources to address the challenge.

As part of the visit, Ban Ki-moon held a meeting with the UN staff in Uzbekistan, where he learned about the outcomes of cooperation between the UN and the Government of Uzbekistan.

On 12 June, the UN delegation led by Ban Ki-moon traveled to the ancient Uzbek city of Bukhara to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites there.

On the evening of 12 June, the UN delegation departed for Turkmenistan, the final stop of the tour.

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.