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UN Day in Uzbekistan

UN Day 2016On 21 October 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tashkent, an annual press conference dedicated to the 71st anniversary of the United Nations Organization’s foundation was held with the participation of Representatives of the United Nations agencies present in Uzbekistan.  

Mr. Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, addressed the press with a brief speech on behalf of the United Nations Country Team. It was noted in the speech that the United Nations Day was an opportunity to recognize the role and contribution of the United Nations in the maintenance of peace and security, development, humanitarian affairs and advancement of human rights, as well as to reaffirm countries’ commitment to the UN values and principles.

In response to global challenges and threats, the member-states under the auspices of the UN adopted transformative Agenda 2030 for sustainable development in an effort to reach a just world that is rights-based, equitable and inclusive. 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets constitute the core of the Agenda 2030 and inextricably link three dimensions of sustainable development, namely economic growth, social development and environmental protection. The SDGs are aimed at improving the lives of people everywhere, with specific focus on women, children, youth and future generations. In the speech it was also stressed that the Agenda is designed to ensure advancement of human rights and freedoms without which achieving sustainable development would be impossible.

The results of joint collaboration between the Government of Uzbekistan and the United Nations system within the framework of UNDAF for the period of 2010-2015 were also highlighted at the conference. During this period, solid portfolio of UN programmes and projects at amount of $162 million was implemented to expand employment opportunities and economic security for vulnerable groups, improve the quality of education and healthcare services, ensure sustainable use of natural and cultural resources, enhance access to justice and promote the rule of law and good governance.

In 2016, the UN in Uzbekistan embarked on the implementation of biennial joint work plans under the new UNDAF for 2016-2020 in six thematic areas: livelihoods, social protection, healthcare, education, environment and governance. Jointly designed UNDAF 2016-2020 reflects national priorities and is closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the press conference, efforts of the Government of Uzbekistan to adapt the global SDGs and develop a national programme on sustainable development have been acknowledged. The UN also confirmed its readiness to support the Government of Uzbekistan in this process and its implementation through the UNDAF.

UWED Hosts its 10th MUN Conference

MUN at UWED 2016

On May 3-4, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) hosted its 10th Model UN Conference, organized with support from the UN Office in Tashkent and attended by over 170 students from 23 Uzbek higher education institutions.

Delivering welcome remarks at the start of the conference, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner said that the Uzbek youth’s interest in the UN role-play event is growing year after year. He also underlined the significance of UWED as the host of the conference because it trains future diplomats that must have effective negotiation skills. Mr. Priesner reminded those gathered that each MUN conference should focus on three UN pillars: respect for human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals, and mitigation of climate change consequences.

This year’s conference drew students from a record number of 23 higher education schools from Andijan, Bukhara, Fergana, Gulistan, Jizzakh, Namangan, Navoi, Samarkand and Urgench, as opposed to 13 institutions last year.

The conference participants sat in four General Assembly committees that focused on: strengthening of regional and international scientific and technology ties in the provision of international security; efforts to create sustainable peace; peacemaking in a post-conflict world; and Security Council measures to ensure peaceful use of cosmic space.

On the second day of the conference, the audience was treated to dance and singing performances by students.

The students that gained important skills in discussing global problems and making crucial decisions were given MUN Conference Certificates. Participants that demonstrated distinctive activity were honored with commemorative presents in the Best Delegate, Best Delegation, Best Report and Best Costume categories by the UN Office in Uzbekistan and the UWED MUN Club.