The Sustainable Development Goals in Uzbekistan
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Uzbekistan:
30 June 2021
SDG week 2021: Key messages from UN speakers and experts
In total, 47 UN representatives participated with expert presentation and speeches in the 16-roundtable discussion on each National SDG during the SDG Week.
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13 July 2021
Joint UN-Government Steering Committee and Partners' Meeting
This presentation highlights key results of development cooperation between the UN and Government for 2020, including on COVID-19 response and recovery; informs about planned results of the UN Country Team and endorse the Joint Workplans for 2021-2022; reviews and endorses the implementation architecture of the Cooperation Framework (Results Groups, Technical Groups); and reviews Multi-Year Funding framework of the Cooperation Framework, including funding gaps and priorities for resource mobilization.
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09 July 2021
Advisory Committee on sustainable development of the Aral Sea Region gains momentum
The Third Meeting of the Advisory Committee on sustainable development of the Aral Sea Region in Uzbekistan was held on 8 July 2021 in a virtual format. The meeting was organized by the United Nations in Uzbekistan together with the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade (MIFT) of Uzbekistan with the participation of relevant ministries and departments, as well as representatives of international and public organizations and the private sector. The Advisory Committee operates with the support of three Working Groups. In particular, the Visibility Working Group endorsed the Terms of Reference and adopted the Work Plan for 2021. Within its framework, participation, co-organization of international events such as participation to the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are planned with the direct engagement of the Government, the UN, and relevant stakeholders. Through the series of workshop sessions of the Working Group on Sustainable Investments from February to July 2021, collective thinking methodology was applied to identify six integrated issues such as land and scarce resources, demographic shifts, persistent cultural norms, changes in industry, education and workforce misalignment, and governance of infrastructure in the Aral Sea region. Thus, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uzbekistan, in cooperation with partners, is constructing systems interventions or systemic responses to systemic challenges. As a result, the Group was able to develop high-impact proposals. The Technical Group on Data and Assessments led by UNDP provides evidence and rationale for portfolio analysis and investments in the Aral Sea region. The team of international experts has been mapping the data available in different sources. The mapped data has been categorized in three groups: (i) available and accessible; (ii) available, but inaccessible; and (iii) unavailable and inaccessible. Data Repository is one of the key milestones of the Group so far. The socio-economic portrait and 2030 forecast scenarios for Karakalpakstan have been presented by UNDP. Socio-economic trends for the last decades and 2030 forecast scenarios have been analyzed and shared with the participants. It was concluded that Karakalpakstan has benefitted from significant investments and resource transfers and made progress in catching up with the rest of Uzbekistan in terms of per-capita income, agricultural production, and access to basic services. Meanwhile, progress is evident relatively to a lesser extent in some other areas, such as employment growth, social protection systems, and poverty reduction. The Government of Uzbekistan presented the draft of the Integrated Roadmap. The purpose of the Integrated Roadmap is the implementation of the UN Resolution, which will lead to the sustainable improvement of the living conditions and livelihoods of people in the Aral Sea region of Uzbekistan, as well as the restoration of an active ecosystem and enhancement of biodiversity in the surrounding areas. The integrated roadmap of program measures for the cohesive development of the Aral Sea region will: Promote the development of consolidated and integrated policy on sustainable development in the Aral Sea region; Assist in the development of strategies and practical measures to attract and develop environmental innovations and technologies; and Support activities to attract and develop environmental innovations and technologies and capacity building efforts in this field. Ms. Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative, underscored that “The Integrated Roadmap is informed by the systems approach, and its implementation shall also be guided by such approach, which necessitates the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders within the Working Groups to bring transformative changes in support of the sustainable development of the Aral Sea region. UNDP stands ready to support the implementation process, as well.” In his turn, Mr. Atsushi Suda, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in Uzbekistan, stated that Japan appreciates the draft of the Roadmap since it is more comprehensive and reflects clear expected outputs. Mr. Suda noted that Japan has contributed to the Resolutions aimed at environmental restoration for more than 25 years. About USD 10 million was injected into 26 grant assistance grassroots projects to improve health and tackle salinization in rural areas. To summarize, Ms. Helena Fraser, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, and Co-chair of the Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund Steering (MPHSTF) Committee welcomed inputs on the Integrated Roadmap to be further endorsed by the Government. She said, ”The Roadmap is a first step to realizing the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaring the Aral Sea as a zone of innovations and technologies and also as the next step in our collective efforts to accelerate joint action on addressing Aral Sea issues and ensure sustainable, data-driven, and evidence-based impact”. For information The Advisory Committee on sustainable development of the Aral Sea region was launched on 1 December 2020 under the UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan to serve as a single platform for accelerating sustainable development in the Aral Sea region. The Committee advises the Fund Steering Committee on comprehensive solutions, effective mechanisms, and approaches that translate financial commitments made by the national and international communities into sustainable development results. More detailed information on the activities of the UN MPHSTF is available on the official website of the Fund http://www.aral.mptf.uz/
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08 June 2021
Statement attributable to Ms. Helena Fraser, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, On the occasion of ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Uzbekistan
By ratifying the Convention, the government reiterates its commitment to human rights and the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in line with the principles of the Convention, as well as the principle of Leaving No One Behind. Promoting the rights and inclusion of People with Disabilities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals has been a key long-standing priority for the UN Country Team in delivering together in Uzbekistan. In recent years, the UN family in Uzbekistan has continuously provided technical and financial support both to promote the ratification of the Convention and to enhance inclusion of people with disabilities. The UN Country Team has collaborated substantially with the Government of Uzbekistan and Organizations of People with Disabilities in strengthening national legislation on People with Disabilities and bringing it in alignment with the Convention and related international norms and standards. We have also worked to build national capacity for practical implementation of the Convention at the country level and to raise public awareness to promote disability inclusion. In line with a core principle of the 2030 Agenda to Leave No One Behind, the UN Country Team has also supported improved data availability through comprehensive situational assessments and surveys. Our focus on strengthening national statistics on disability has helped to establish a strong evidence base for informed policy-making and enhanced targeting of social assistance. Through our flagship UN Joint Programme on Social Protection funded by the Joint SDG Fund, the UN Country Team has been supporting local initiatives led by people with disabilities and innovative human-rights based approaches to delivering integrated social protection and inclusive public services for persons with disabilities. At the global level, the United Nations system has affirmed that the full and complete realization of human rights of all persons with disabilities is an inalienable, integral, and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The United Nations Country Team is committed to continue providing full support to further implementation of the UNCRPD in Uzbekistan. Moreover, in line with the UN system-wide Disability Inclusion Strategy, we aspire to continuously promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all our activities, and we commit to take action for the better inclusion of persons with disabilities to make decisions for their own lives as active members of society towards a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable Uzbekistan.
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