Remarks by Mr. Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator at the occasion of UN Day
Your Excellency Deputy Prime-minister Ikramov!
Dear colleagues and friends
Welcome to our UN Day celebration – 71st anniversary of the founding of the UN!
I’d like to welcome you together with the whole UN Country Team – we are working here as a strong and committed team
I want to thank you, our national partners and the international community, for joining us today and show your solidarity with the UN. And I want to thank you for your cooperation without which our high-level results would not be achieved
In this context may I invite you to have a look at the UN agency stalls, which highlight the results of our joint work.
International peace, cooperation and development are as important today, as they were when the UN was founded.
And with daily headline news about the turmoils, civil strive or natural disasters we sometimes forget about the achievements that are being made through international cooperation.
Extreme poverty was cut in half from 1.4 billion to 700 million in the last decade. On average, life expectancy in LDCs has increased by an impressive 16 years over the last 50 years. Between 1990 and 2015 child mortality fell more than half, etc., etc.
2016 marks the beginning of SDG framework, which will define world development until 2030. The framework integrates development, peace and HRs and among others sets out to achieve what even 20 years ago was considered impossible: to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030s.
It is a universal framework, which commits all countries to take forward economic development that “leaves no one behind” while ensuring environmental sustainability and climate change action.
2016 was also a seminal year regarding our fight against climate change through the ratification of the Paris climate change accord. To date 191 countries have signed and 81 ratified – the accord will come into force on 4 November and is expected to accelerate action on what often is seen as THE global challenge of the 21st century.
We also have just witnessed a historically transparent and consensual selection of the new (the ninth) UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres from Portugal. Mr. Guterres pledged to work at the service of all countries and to help find solutions that benefited all people. He said:
“"I believe in the universal values the UN stands for: peace, justice, human dignity, tolerance and solidarity."
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I believe some of these achievements are mirrored in our cooperation with Uzbekistan.
The UN congratulates the Government with successful implementation of the MDG Agenda and attainment of most national MDG targets.
Under the leadership of the First President Karimov the country succeeded to reduce poverty, ensure universal access to basic education, ensure gender equality in primary and secondary education, reduce maternal and child mortality and eliminate malaria.
The UN fruitfully collaborated with the people and the Government of Uzbekistan under MDG framework by providing policy advice, programmatic support and technical assistance. During our last UNDAF cycle 2010-2015 the family of UN agencies implemented a solid portfolio of US$162 million;
The new SDG Agenda strives for a world that is rights-based, equitable and sustainable
Key prerequisite for SDG success is that Governments take it forward with their own state programmes. In this regard, we are pleased to see the Government resolution on SDG localization and the process that is taking place right now to define targets for Uzbekistan
We are glad to be part of this process and contribute UN expertise to the adaptation of the global SDGs, setting robust and ambitious yet achievable national goals and targets;
In full alignment with the SDGs this year the UN system has started the implementation of a new cycle of development cooperation embedded in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Uzbekistan for 2016-2020;
The UNDAF is built around national development priorities and linked to the international normative framework, including SDGs and the ratified United Nations conventions.
It is important to stress the link between the new development framework and human rights, recognizing that it is two sides of the same coin. “To leave nobody behind” – the key principle of the SDGs - is only possible with highest regards to minimum standards and a framework that enables rights and freedoms.
In this regard I am very happy about the signing of MoU with National Human Rights Center yesterday – we can look forward to strengthened cooperation in this important area.
In closing on behalf of the UNCT I would like to once again thank Government and international partners for your collaboration and partnership.
I also would like to acknowledge the determination and hard work of the UN staff, who are the foundation of the achievement results.
We believe that a coherent UN is a stronger UN that can deliver on its mandate – hence we will go ahead as one UN.
The timeless values of the UN Charter must remain our guide. Our shared duty is to 'unite our strength' to serve the people
Ladies and Gentlemen – let us pledge to live up to the UN founding ideals and work together for peace, development and human rights.
Happy UN Day to all of you!!