Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s becoming a full member of the United Nations
March 2, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Republic of Uzbekistan becoming a full member of the United Nations (UN).
The Uzbek government declared its commitment to the principles of international law enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Charter and the Constitution of Uzbekistan. The country has ratified and signed several UN Conventions on the protection of human rights, security, environmental protection, etc. and the United Nations is supporting the Republic of the Uzbekistan in the implementation of these conventions. Uzbekistan effectively cooperates within the framework of the UN General Assembly and with the various specialized institutions of the UN system.
The United Nations and the Republic of Uzbekistan have a long history of cooperation. The UN has been proud to work hand in hand with the Government of Uzbekistan to progress in human development of all people living in the country, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to support to build prosperous, resilient and sustainable society.
Throughout these years, the UN system has been supporting the people and the Government of Uzbekistan in addressing a diverse range of development issues and needs. Our support covers areas from economic reform to improving governance. We assist in healthcare, including maternal and child health, and education reform and social protection. We support the preservation of Uzbekistan’s cultural treasures and the conservation of its natural resources and biodiversity. We also help efforts to counter drug trafficking and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Over the last 24 years, the UN has delivered technical assistance to Uzbekistan of more than USD 471 million in these fields.
Currently, we operate within the framework of the new United Nations Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the years 2016-2020. The UNDAF represents a joint commitment by the Government of Uzbekistan and the United Nations System to work together to promote progress in human development of all people living in the country, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Agreed areas of cooperation 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;
The UNDAF is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. This is the development framework that defines world development until 2030, consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets that foster economic growth and good governance while leaving no one behind and ensuring environmental sustainability. Uzbekistan has demonstrated strong commitment to implement the global goals at the national level. The Uzbekistan Action Strategy 2017-2021 recently adopted by the Government of Uzbekistan is largely in line with the aspirations set forth in SDGs and seen as means of achieving national SDGs.
The United Nations system in Uzbekistan looks forward to collaborate further with the Government of Uzbekistan to support in nationalization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at country level and taking forward the reform agenda in line with the Action Strategy 2017-2021 and UNDAF.