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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.

UN Resident Coordinator Stefan Priesner delivers lecture at WIUT

UN Resident Coordinator Stefan Priesner delivers lecture at WIUTOn January 27, 2016, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner delivered a lecture at Westminster International University in Tashkent. Titled “Role of UN in Globalized World: Focus on Development”, the lecture was organized in an effort to raise public awareness of the UN’s achievements.

At the start of the lecture, Mr. Priesner told those gathered about the three fundamental goals the UN strives to maintain: peace and security, development, and human rights. Defining development goals plays a crucial role in reaching these goals. This can be exemplified by the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in 2015.

After a brief analysis of the MDGs achieved in Uzbekistan and other countries, Mr. Priesner spoke about the Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted the importance and implications of this new milestone in the history of the UN.

The Resident Coordinator also focused on key elements of SDGs such as welfare, environmental protection, protection of human rights and dignity, injustice and partnerships. Toward the end of the lecture, Mr. Priesner told students how the UN expects to implement the SDG global agenda at country level. Countries across the world have to adapt these global goals to the national context and take measures to achieve them.

The new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Uzbekistan for 2016-2020 defines how UN agencies will be assisting the country with the implementation of the SDGs.

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

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.

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.

UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS TO THE PRESS

_UNI7057As-salamu alaykum.

It is a great pleasure to meet with you today.

This is my second visit to Uzbekistan as Secretary-General.  I thank again His Excellency President Islam Karimov and the Government and people of Uzbekistan for their hospitality.

The President and I discussed a wide range of global issues across the United Nations agenda of peace, development and human rights.

Uzbekistan has achieved solid progress towards the Millennium Development Goals – in reducing poverty and maternal mortality, ensuring universal access to primary education, and securing gender parity in primary and secondary schools.

I also welcome Uzbekistan’s active participation in multilateral discussions at the United Nations and its contributions to addressing regional and global issues of concern.

In particular, I appreciate Uzbekistan’s contributions to supporting stability and development in Afghanistan, as well as the country’s role in initiating the Central Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty.

These achievements and commitments are the result of steady and people-oriented socio-economic reforms initiated by President Karimov.

The tragedy of the Aral Sea continues to be a matter of great importance for Uzbekistan and the world. I will never forget my visit to Moynak and Nukus. What has happened to the Aral Sea has been a disaster long in the making.

The United Nations has been supporting Uzbekistan’s efforts to assist those affected, but more attention and resources are needed.

The President and I discussed this matter in depth and how the United Nations can scale up the international community’s support to address and mitigate the impact of the Aral Sea tragedy.

This is just one of many shared challenges in Central Asia.  From water and energy issues to drug trafficking to terrorism and violent extremism, I am here to underscore the importance of regional cooperation and preventive diplomacy.

I want to reiterate the full commitment of the United Nations, including the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, to support the development of Uzbekistan and advance regional peace and security.

Of course, there can be no peace and development without human rights.

The United Nations — including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights — stands ready to assist Uzbekistan in promoting and protecting fundamental freedoms and providing opportunities for public participation — including through independent media, democratic institutions, access to justice, a stronger voice for civil society, and safeguards that enable human rights defenders to do their vital work.

These are the true hallmarks of a stable society and a pathway to prosperity.

Uzbekistan has initiated a number of good laws.  President Karimov has emphasized the importance of the rule of law. But laws on the books should be made real in the lives of people.

Uzbekistan has made important progress in eliminating child labour in the cotton sector.  Now more must be done to address the mobilization of teachers, doctors and others in cotton harvesting, and prevent the maltreatment of prisoners.

The United Nations has experience and expertise that we can share in improving the rule of law and protecting human rights – and we stand ready to help.

I welcome the recent adoption by Uzbekistan of a National Action Plan on follow-up to Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Implementation of this Plan is key.  It will help Uzbekistan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, and bring wide-ranging benefits to its people.

I am encouraged that the recently signed UN Development Assistance Framework, UNDAF, between the Government and the United Nations system, defines broad areas of cooperation to further good governance and human rights.

Once again, I am pleased to be in Uzbekistan to underscore the commitment of the United Nations to work with you to advance peace, development and human rights for all.

Thank you.