United Nations and Government of Uzbekistan launch the” Road to the SDG Summit” initiative
19 August 2023
The UN Country Team in Uzbekistan together with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Uzbekistan launched the” Road to the SDG Summit” initiative calling for renewed national commitments and action for the Sustainable Development Goals ahead of 2023 SDG Summit to be held in New York on 18-19 September.
Attended by national and international partners, members of the parliament, private sector, civil society, youth networks, and academia, the event aimed to galvanize action on the SDGs acceleration and inform about the status of achievement and challenges of the SDGs in Uzbekistan, as well as to comment on critical needs and actions to elevate the implementation of the SDGs.
Guided by the principle of “Leave No One Behind”, Uzbekistan is implementing several programmes to increase human capital and social inclusion. In particular, enrollment in preschool education increased from 21% in 2015 to 70% in 2022, in higher education - from 8% to 38%, respectively. Meanwhile, the number of women in higher education institutions has doubled because of such measures thanks to targeted free and preferential loans, the creation of additional quotas, which encourage women's access to higher education.
During the event representatives of civil society, youth networks and academia have also shared their vision and recommendations to strengthen the achievement of the sustainable development goals and pledged their personal commitment to retain the SDGs in Uzbekistan.
The Launch event also inaugurated a series of month-long activities and initiatives in Uzbekistan in the “Road to the SDG Summit” in New York. These activities include social media campaign, SDGs dialogues and talks on thematic areas with government institutions, academia, universities, and youth networks.