UN Day in Uzbekistan
On 21 October, the UN in Uzbekistan marked the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the Organization with the engagement of media representatives, national and international partners as well as the UN staff.
The day kicked off with an annual press conference 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. The jointly designed document 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.
Later in the day, the global observance brought together Government partners and international community in a single assembly in what has become an opportunity to strengthen the ties of partnership between the United Nations, Government of Uzbekistan and international community. Welcoming the guests, Mr. Stefan Priesner, the UN Chief in the country highlighted global trends and stressed the importance of the Sustainable Development Agenda. The video documentary presented on the occasion featured the impact of the UN’s work in the country airing stories through interviews with national partners as well as ordinary people engaged in cooperation with the UN in Uzbekistan.
The UN Day concluded with national dance followed by a live performance from a music band.
*Some 56 national partner organizations and 31 international organizations including 23 ambassadors joined the event.