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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

Uzbekistan celebrates the 70th anniversary of the United Nations

16Maintenance of peace and security, protection of human rights, and improvement of living conditions have been at the core of the activities of the United Nations, a global organisation founded 70 years ago for the benefit of humanity. The UN Office in Uzbekistan is staging broad celebrations of this milestone by holding a variety of events for the purpose of cementing cooperation with national partners and raising broad public awareness of the UN’s primary achievements since its inception as well as the outcomes of the UN’s cooperation with Uzbekistan and plans for the near future.

The press conference held on 23 October at the Kamolot Youth Art Palace as part of the celebrations featured representatives of UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO, UNODC, UNESCO, FAO, WHO and UNAIDS in Uzbekistan.

20151023_115202Speaking at the press conference, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner quoted words from General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s UN Day message that “seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity”, feeding the hungry, sheltering those driven from their homes and defending human rights for all regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.

The main part of Stefan Priesner’s speech revolved around the activities of the UN Office in Uzbekistan. More specifically, he noted that “over the last 22 years the UN has delivered technical assistance to Uzbekistan of more than $434 million, to support economic, governance, healthcare and education reforms. We also support efforts to counter drug trafficking, to protect the cultural heritage and environment and to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.”

Mr. Priesner also noted that 2015 is a very important year as it marks transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September by all the 193 UN member countries. SDGs are more comprehensive with additional focus on environmental sustainability and equity as well as peaceful and inclusive societies. “The implementation of SDGs is to take place at country level. Therefore, in the coming months it will be important to nationalize the global SDG to the country context. The UN system in the country is ready to support the country in this endeavor,” the UN Resident Coordinator said. 20151023_120032_HDR

The question-and-answer session between UN agencies and local journalists focused on issues relating to the cultural legacy of Uzbekistan, illegal drug trafficking, social protection of elderly people, reproductive health and general issues regarding the UN system.

UN rolls out 2016-2020 Development Assistance Framework programme for Uzbekistan

UNDAF-LAUNCH-2015Today the UN Office in Uzbekistan presented a new Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) programme for 2016-2020 for Uzbekistan. Signed by the Government of Uzbekistan and the UN Office in Uzbekistan on June 9, 2015, the programme is in line with the UN’s central development paradigms, in particular human development and human rights, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking at the presentation, the Minister of Economy of Uzbekistan Galina Saidova noted that “it is very important that UNDAF fully complies with the priorities and strategy Uzbekistan has mapped out for 2016-2020.” She added that the development of the new UNDAF programme was fully negotiated with ministries and agencies, which allows for implementation of the programme without additional preparation for adaptation.

UNDAF_FINAL_ENGDelivering welcome remarks, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner spoke about UNDAF’s compliance with the primary aspects of SDGs that are set to be adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 25-27 this year. Mr. Priesner said the development of the framework programme included numerous consultations with partners and donors and spoke about ways it will be implemented and monitored as well as data collection it will entail.

UN Coordination Analyst Hurshid Rustamov did a presentation on a strategic approach that was applied in the development of the UNDAF, as well as on the expected results, differences between the current and the new programme, the financial package and mechanisms for practical implementation of the programme.

The making of the new UNDAF started with an independent assessment of the outcomes of the current programme and a country analysis. The strategy of the new UNDAF is based on the following principles:

–  addressing inequalities, with particular attention to low-income social and economic groups;
–  observance and promotion of human rights in accordance with international standards;
– conducting an analysis of development based on credible data and facts as well as improvement of indicators related to the amount, diseggregation and availability of these data;

The new UNDAF will focus on the following four thematic areas:

  • Inclusive economic development with a focus on employment and social protection;
  • Health and education to fully realize the human potential through enhanced access to quality health and education services;
  • Environmental protection to ensure sustainable development;
  • Effective Governance to enhance public service delivery and the protection of rights

At the end of the presentation, Ms. Saidova and Mr. Priesner thanked those gathered and wished them good luck in their efforts to implement the new UNDAF.