Uzbekistan - UN: a new milestone of mutually beneficial cooperation

The article under such title in honor of the 28th anniversary of Uzbekistan's joining to the United Nations (UN) was published on March 2, 2020, on the website of “Dunyo” news agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

The article informs about Uzbekistan's fruitful cooperation with the Organization and its specialized agencies in different areas, including the fight against modern threats and security challenges, stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, solving environmental problems, in particular mitigation of the Aral Sea crisis, socio-economic development, protection and promotion of human rights, development of tourism and others.

In Uzbekistan the "UN family" is represented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Agencies such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) also contribute to the work of the UN system. The World Bank, as an independent specialized agency of the United Nations system, also contributes significantly to the work of the Organization in Uzbekistan.

Over the past two years, three resolutions have been developed and adopted at the initiative of the leadership of Uzbekistan within the framework of the UN General Assembly. Uzbekistan, together with UN member States, is currently working on another resolution of the General Assembly and a convention on the rights of young people for its further adoption within the framework of the United Nations.   

According to the article, the participation of President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the general debate of the 72nd session of the General Assembly in September 2017 opened a new stage of mutually beneficial cooperation with the UN. During the event, several important international initiatives have been put forward, which have been implemented over the past three years.  

The article notes Uzbekistan's fruitful cooperation with UNESCO. Every two years, the “Sharq Taronalari” International Music Festival, the “Maqom” International Forum, and the “Bakhshi” International Festival are held in Uzbekistan under the auspices of UNESCO. Unique sites in Uzbekistan such as Itchan Kala (Khiva), the Samarkand Crossroads of Cultures, the Bukhara and Shakhrisyabz historical centers, and the Western Tien-Shan (natural heritage) are included in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

As part of the implementation of the Strategy of Action in five priority areas for the country's development in 2017-2021, Uzbekistan submitted its candidature to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which is the leading and most authoritative international body in the field of human rights protection, for the period 2021-2023. It is noted that Uzbekistan's election to the Human Rights Council would testify to the successful development of civil society and the implementation of its agenda within the framework of the authoritative international human rights structure.

"Uzbekistan's efforts are fully supported by the UN leadership, since the initiatives put forward by the Uzbek side are fully in line with global goals of the UN, including Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at strengthening peace, stability and prosperity in our planet," the authors of the article summarize.

The full text of the article is available by clicking here (in Russian)