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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.

Secretary-General’s message on World Environment Day


The theme of this year’s is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.

Humanity continues to consume far more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide.  Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points.  It is time for us to change.

 The goal of sustainable development is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation, and without compromising the resource needs of future generations.  We can do this by shifting our consumption patterns towards goods that use less energy, water and other resources, and by wasting less food.

In this year of transformation, when we hope to see great advances on sustainable development and climate change, let us celebrate World Environment Day by becoming more conscious of our ecological impact.  Let us think about the environmental consequences of the choices we make.  Let us become better stewards of our planet.

Secretary-General’s message on World No Tobacco Day

NORNEW-12565-1_WHO_NoTobaccoDay_Poster_FA2On this World No Tobacco Day, I call for boosting the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to eradicate the illicit trade in cheaper tobacco products which tend to lure younger and poorer groups into addiction while depleting the ability of States to charge taxes that could support health services. By striking at the criminal gangs and tobacco companies that engage in this reprehensible trade, we will advance public health and sustainable development.

The ‘Unity of the Different and Equal’ Festival: disability issues in a new format

The first-ever ‘Unity of the Different And Equal’ Festival dedicated to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities took place on 2 December 2014.

According to the statistics of the United Nations World Health Organization, approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population live with a disability, making the world’s  largest minority. This figure is constantly increasing as a result of population growth, advances in medicine and the ageing process, which is a signal to take action towards creating opportunities for everyone to feel equal and to fulfill their potential.

The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Unity of the different and equal’ which calls for providing equal opportunities for all regardless of their physical and other features.

The ‘Unity of the Different and Equal’ Festival  is an attempt to draw public attention to the concerns of persons with disabilities, protect their dignity, rights and well-being, and highlight how the society can benefit  from their participation in its political, social, economic and cultural life.

In particular, the draft of the National Action Plan to prepare for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was presented as part of the Festival. It is noteworthy that the draft was presented through a video to display visually the importance of ratifying the Convention to ensure sustainable society development. The Festival also showcased some products made by social enterprises, while a concert program with Uzbekistan’s persons with special needs and youth was organized for the Festival visitors.

A special media campaign informed the public of the country’s achievements in strengthening social protection for persons with disabilities since it became independent.

The festival is organized by the UN in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Advisory Council of NGOs of persons with disabilities at NANNOUz.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated annually on 3 December, aims to raise public awareness and ensure equal opportunities for all. This day was established by a resolution of the UN General Assembly in 1992.

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.