The UN Information Office invited famous Uzbek writer and translator Ulugbek Hamdam to share his musings on books ahead of World Book and Copyright Day, which is celebrated on 23 April.
Hamdam says people’s attitudes towards books today are different from what they were yesterday, and this is a natural thing that occurs due to global cultural and political changes.
“The more reading and thinking people a particular society has, the stronger the country,” he says. “A deep knowledge of history, tradition and language, especially your native language as well as those of other nations, boosts your spiritual immunity.”
“Books and love of books can make the world a better place,” he concludes.
To watch the interview with English subtitles, follow this link.
On April 15, the Academic Lyceum of Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) hosted its first-ever Model UN Conference titled “Women’s Rights and Steps of Development against Gender Discrimination”. It was put together with support from the UN Information Office.
Prior to the conference, lyceum teachers helped students to increase their awareness of the UN system’s core values, its mission and activities. The staff of the UN Information Center provided major support with the conference. They held a MUN training session, provided online coverage of the event, and concluded it with a certificate presentation ceremony.
While this was the first MUN Conference at the WIUT Academic Lyceum, the UN role-play event at the University itself has become a tradition as it has already had four such conferences, and is slated to host its fifth on 3 May.
The conference was an opportunity for the students to gain first experience in holding debates as well as international relations and public diplomacy, and get a taste of what it’s like to be a UN delegate.
This year’s winners of the Oltin Qalam (Golden Pen), an ultimate accolade for excellence in journalism in Uzbekistan, were unveiled at an awards ceremony at Tashkent’s Turkiston Palace on May 1 ahead of World Press Freedom Day. In what has become a tradition, special prizes were presented by representatives of UNESCO, the World Bank and the UN Information Office in Uzbekistan.
Now in its tenth year, the project highlights achievements in online journalism, television, radio and the press. This year, the competition drew as many as 15,000 entries from 676 journalists. The main award of the competition went to UzReport television channel for remarkable coverage of the development of science, equipment and economic ties with developed countries as well as shows dedicated to the legacy passed down by outstanding Uzbek historical figures and creative endeavors of the talented youth. Also, twelve main awards for best journalistic materials in all categories and special prizes from international and nongovernmental organizations were presented.
The UNESCO prize for “Best Environmental Story Highlighting the Aral Sea Region” went to the deputy editor of the newspaper ‘Ulug Yol’ (the Great Path), Ms. Nigora Shofayziyeva. Ms. Maryam Akhmedova, a correspondent with Qadriyat (Value) newspaper, landed a World Bank prize for the “Best Story on the Organization and Use of Alternative Energy Sources”. The UN Information Office’s prize for “Best Online Coverage of Development Issues” was presented to head of the Audiovisual Journalism Department of UzSWLU’s international journalism school, Ms. Nargis Qosimova.