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International Conference on “Development of Organic Agriculture in Central Asia”

International Conference on development of organic agricultureThe Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) organized an International Conference on development of organic agriculture in Central Asia. Participants of the conference paid a site visit to “Siyob Shavkat Orzu” farm in Toyloq district of Samarkand region to observe (learn) the region’s potential on traditional and organic agriculture on August 24.

The conference was attended by leading scientists and experts engaged in organic agriculture from Europe and Asia. The centuries-old culture of traditional vegetable growing and gardening in Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries is initially based on the principles of biological farming and use of natural fertilizers that allows growing ecologically clean vegetables and fruits with unique taste and nutritional value. This culture provides a huge potential for development of organic production in the region.

International Conference on development of organic agricultureThe Conference showcased the development of organic agriculture in the example of Turkey and other countries, experts exchanged experiences and discussed local practices and modern technologies for further cooperation, tackling constraints and needs for the institutional and legal framework for organic production, raising awareness on organic agriculture and its impact on rural development and trade of Central Asian countries. Overview of the trends and rising opportunities in organic markets at regional and worldwide was also presented during the sessions.

International Conference on development of organic agricultureThe list of participants included the Government officials representing the field of Agriculture, Economy, Trade and internationals experts. Director of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in Central Asia attended the event and made a speech in the opening of conference.

At the end of the theoretical sessions of the conference in Tashkent, the participants visited one of the processing plants of rural products in the Samarkand region, where  they got acquainted with the advanced export opportunities and experience in processing fruit and vegetable products and took part in the agricultural products fair.

 

International Youth Day Celebrated in Tashkent

International Youth Day in Tashkent

International Youth Day is celebrated within the framework of the “Young families and girls” First National Forum. Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) joined hands in organizing the celebrations of this annual event.

International Youth Day is marked annually on 12 August. This observance, celebrated by thousands of young people, activists, and youth organizations worldwide, brings public attention to important issues related to youth, in particular the need for better addressing youth concerns in international development efforts.

The theme of International Youth Day 2017 is “Youth Building Peace”. Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

International Youth Day in Uzbekistan is celebrated within the framework of the “Young Families and Girls” First National Forum which will take place in all regions of Uzbekistan during 7-12 August 2017. Within this initiative, UNFPA will support a number of activities, including swimming competition among more than 130 girls and young women (15 – 30 years old) at the National Water Sports Development Centre in Tashkent city and Concluding Assembly of the Forum where the National strategy on working with Young Families and Girls will be presented as well as Memorandum with Youth Union on enhancing efficiency of the youth policy will be signed.

«Today, there is a need to help young people, who comprise a majority in most of the countries, and especially girls, to promote their preparedness for family life, participation in decision-making as well as ensure access to quality health care, education, and basic services – which in its turn promotes their role as active contributors to society and affords young people with opportunities to reach their potential and achieve their goals. Therefore, the recent Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On enhancing the effectiveness of the state youth policy and supporting the activities of the Youth Union of Uzbekistan” highlights such need for supporting the youth.» – marked UNFPA Representative, Ms. Mieko Yabuta, in her opening Statement for International Youth Day.

The events supported by UNFPA are aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among young people, focusing not only on the activities of the most active and progressive girls, but also their achievements and the motivating factors for the youth development, stabilization of the socio-cultural environment in young families. Promoting access of young people to sports, education, healthcare, including reproductive health and family planning information and services – is a key for sustainable development and healthy future generation.

UNFPA and Women’s Committee have been working together throughout the years, on promoting healthy lifestyle among the young people in Uzbekistan. Both partners share similar visions on strengthening the rights of young people and enhancing their potential to increase their role in society.

NEW UN Resident Coordinator to Uzbekistan appointed

NEW UN Resident Coordinator to Uzbekistan appointed

Uzbekistan has welcomed the newly appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Uzbekistan, Helena Fraser, who previously served as head of the Regional Office for the Syria Crisis of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

On 3 August, Fraser presented a letter from UN Chief Antonio Guterres on her appointment to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov.

As it was noted during the meeting, Uzbekistan and the United Nations cooperate in various areas, and human interests are the basis of this cooperation. It was also noted that the UN’s attention to Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries is growing as evidenced by UN Chief Guterres and High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’ visits to Uzbekistan.

Fraser received a draft plan (Roadmap) for further cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United Nations for 2017-2020 with clarifications on its key points.

The two sides exchanged viewpoints regarding global and regional issues, among them the organization of UN conferences in Uzbekistan.

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence

25th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independenceOn September 1, 1991, the Republic of Uzbekistan became a sovereign nation and entered a new period in its history. This year Uzbekistan will celebrate 25 years of independence. In a relatively short period of time, the country has achieved important milestones in moving forward its socio-economic development through a process of gradual reforms.

As a signatory to the Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000, Uzbekistan has made good progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, due to sustainable high rates of economic growth and the implementation of effective programmes in the social sector, particularly in education and health.  It shows that policies and actions, backed by adequate funding and political commitment, does yield results.

The United Nations (UN) in Uzbekistan commends the goal “to build an open democratic and law governed state, in which a person, his interests, his rights and freedoms are the highest value” as articulated in “The Concept of further deepening the democratic reforms and establishing the civil society in the country”. Recent improvements of legislation on strengthening the role of the parliament and openness of state bodies can be highlighted as part of these evolutionary reforms. Indeed, human development, economic development and democratization have to go hand in hand to fully unleash a country’s potential.

Through our joint programmes and projects with the Government, the UN has been facilitating the country’s efforts to complement positive economic growth rates with effective social policies both at local and national levels, through policy advice and capacity development, as well as by sharing knowledge and experiences from other parts of the world. Our support covers areas from economic reform to improving governance. We assist in healthcare, including maternal and child health, and education reform and social protection. We support the preservation of Uzbekistan’s cultural treasures and the conservation of its natural resources and biodiversity. We also help efforts to counter drug trafficking and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Since independence, Uzbekistan has ratified and signed onto several UN Conventions on the protection of human rights, on security, environmental protection and other areas, and the United Nations is supporting the Republic of the Uzbekistan in the implementation of these conventions.

Uzbekistan effectively cooperates within the framework of the UN General Assembly and with the various specialized institutions of the UN system.  In the framework of the United Nations, the Republic of Uzbekistan put forward a number of important initiatives in the field of ensuring international peace and security, for example through the creation of Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in Central Asia.

We express deep respect to Uzbekistan’s strong commitment to peaceful settlement of disputes and refraining from the use of force in international relations as it was reflected in the Concept of foreign policy activity of Uzbekistan adopted in 2012. We appreciate the acknowledgement by the country of the UN’s coordinating role in maintaining international peace and security as well as expressed commitment to pursue a foreign policy in the spirit of cooperation and friendliness in relation with regional neighbors.

Most recently in September 2015, Uzbekistan, together with other UN member states, supported the adoption of the global agenda 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals.  The United Nations system in Uzbekistan welcomes and stands ready to assist Uzbekistan’s efforts on nationalization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the country. We particularly look forward to further strengthening our collaboration within the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Uzbekistan for 2016-2020, which builds on national priorities and ensures a solid link to global agenda 2030. 

The UN in Uzbekistan congratulates the people of Uzbekistan at the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the national independence and wishes lots of prosperity, peace and wellbeing. 

 

The Message of the UN Resident Coordinator on the 24th Anniversary of Uzbekistan’s Independence

Stefan-PriesnerDear Friends, I am pleased to congratulate you all on behalf of the UN family in Uzbekistan on this important occasion – 24th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence! This year is equally important for the UN as we mark 22 successful years of cooperation with the government of Uzbekistan. And this gives me an opportunity to dwell on some key areas of our cooperation and the results that define its success.

At the outset

The UN has been present in Uzbekistan since 1993 and has been supporting Uzbekistan in addressing a diverse range of needs, from economic reform and improving governance to supporting the Government meet its various international obligations. We assist in healthcare and education reform and the protection of Uzbekistan’s cultural treasures. We also support efforts to counter drug trafficking, to protect the environment and to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. Up until now our collaboration mainly focused on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in support of which the UN system in Uzbekistan collaborates with a wide range of national partners, including Government ministries such as the ministries of economy, finance, health, education, labour and social protection, as well as state nature protection committee, state committee on statistics and etc.  we also collaborate with the Parliament, judiciary, research institutions, the media and non-government organizations.

As we speak

Over the last 22 years, the UN has delivered technical assistance to Uzbekistan for more than USD 434 million to support economic, governance, healthcare and education reforms and the protection of environment.  Some of the examples of joint projects and achievements include the following:

  • More than a million people living in Ferghana valley and Karakalpakstan were provided with better access to drinking water, renovation of primary health facilities and kindergartens in remote areas, improved irrigation practices provision of solar water heaters and panels through community based initiatives;
  • As 2015 was announced as the Year of the elderly the UN supported the formulation of a Government Resolution that takes holistic view of the social protection of the elderly and approves a new list of food and sanitary goods to be provided on monthly basis to the lonely elderly people free of charge
  • The UN supported the development of the Medium term Education Sector Plan which envisions further enhancing access to and improvement of the quality of education at all levels;
  • With the UN support all children between the age of 1-14 are protected from Polio and Measles/Rubella; 98% of children aged 6-59 months nationwide are protected from measles complications and micronutrient deficiencies by receiving Vitamin A supplementation;
  • With the UN’s support in 2014 the total number of people receiving antiretroviral treatment reached 10, 000
  • UN continued promoting improved access to justice through assisting in the application of “E-SUD” electronic document management system. In 2014, more than 30,000 undisputed cases were filed, reviewed, and settled electronically.

We believe that our joint achievements have contributed to the wellbeing of the people of Uzbekistan and prosperity of the country.

Looking further

This year, the UN system in Uzbekistan and the Government signed a new UNDAF for next five years, i.e. 2016-2020, that has marked a new important milestone that should further cement the close cooperation between the United Nations and the Republic of Uzbekistan. As such, UNDAF represents a joint commitment by the Government of Uzbekistan and the United Nations System to work together and a shared intention to promote progress in human development of all people living in the country, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

To this end, the new UNDAF provides a set of envisaged results agreed between the Government and the United Nations System in core areas of cooperation that include:

  • Inclusive economic development, with a focus on employment and social protection
  • Quality health and education, to fully realize human potential
  • Environmental protection, to ensure sustainable development
  • Effective governance, to enhance public service delivery and the protection of rights

On the threshold of Uzbekistan’s Independence Day

I began my assignment in Uzbekistan almost 3 years ago and have had the opportunity to travel and visit many parts of the country and meet people from all walks of life. I have been impressed by the knowledge, warmth, capacities and potential of the people of this country and struck by Uzbekistan’s rich history, culture and natural beauty.  I very much look forward to deepening and further strengthening UN collaboration with all partners in Uzbekistan.

The UN in Uzbekistan congratulates the people of Uzbekistan on the twenty-fourth year of the national independence and wishes further prosperity to all families living on this wonderful land.