UNDP and the United Nations System in Uzbekistan

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Stefan Priesner meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz KamilovUNDP in Uzbekistan: UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Stefan Priesner presents his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan His Excellency Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov

UNDP and other UN agencies present in Uzbekistan are working to assist the government in overcoming a number of national development challenges. As part of the UN Country Team (UNCT, which currently includes 11 UN agencies), UNDP is helping to achieve this objective by reaching a number of development results outlined within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

UNDP has contributed to achieving the UNCT goals, and is involved in implementing the UNDAF by serving in a convening/chairing role within a number of work groups (including those regarding governance, rule of law and climate change adaptation). UNDP is also a member of the Operations Management Team that assists the UNCT in operations services, and also offers administrative services for all non-resident UN agencies operating in Uzbekistan.

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)

The UNDAF is a common strategic plan utilised by the United Nations in Uzbekistan during the period from 2010 to 2015, developed as a result of a consultative process undertaken to determine how the UN can most effectively respond to Uzbekistan’s national priorities and needs. The framework has been guided by the Millennium Declaration, the national Welfare Improvement Strategy (WIS) for 2008-2010, and other national documents. The plan has identified four priority areas where the United Nations can make contributions, including Economic Well-being, Social Services, Environment and Governance.

UN Agencies’ Cooperation

The UNDAF outlines the UN strategy in Uzbekistan, detailing how UN agencies can work together in a collaborative way to support the national development priorities. The UNDAF outlines the mandates of each agency in a focused and targeted manner. Almost all UNDAF outcomes are shared between two or more agencies, thereby ensuring cooperation while minimising duplication of efforts. UNDAF Theme Groups have been established in order to coordinate the operations of UN agencies in Uzbekistan, an example being the UNDAF Theme Group on Social Services.

The UN Resident Coordinator System integrates and promotes the mainstreaming of human rights and gender concerns into UN programming within four UNDAF outcomes. The UN system also supports national partners in the implementation of programmes aimed at MDG achievement, as well as monitoring MDG progress in the country. Additional information can be found in the Resident Coordinator Annual Report, in other strategic documents, and on the UN in Uzbekistan website.

United Nations Agencies in Uzbekistan

  • UNAIDS – In Uzbekistan, UNAIDS is a United Nations Joint Programme that coordinates the work of UN agencies in the area of HIV/AIDS.  UNAIDS works to support the actions taken towards fulfilling the national goal of containing the HIV epidemic at the concentrated stage. This will be achieved by providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. As per an agreement with national partners, particular attention has been paid to implementing the ‘Three Ones’ key principles. These include one multi-sectorial action framework, one coordinating authority, and one monitoring and evaluation mechanism. These three ones can be achieved by strengthening partnerships across the board, ensuring capacity development, participating in civil society and communities which include people living with HIV, and mobilising both internal and external resources.
  • UNFPA – UNFPA has worked in Uzbekistan since 1993, operating in close cooperation with its national partners.  UNFPA support focuses on achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), promoting reproductive rights and reducing maternal mortality.  UNFPA also focuses on improving the lives of youths and women by advocating for gender equality.
  • UNICEF – UNICEF is supporting the Government of Uzbekistan in meeting its obligations in terms of the rights of children and women to live, grow up and develop in a nurturing, caring and protective environment. The UNICEF Country Programme is also geared towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) regarding the improvement of nutrition, education, gender equality and maternal health, and the reduction of child mortality, HIV/AIDS and child poverty.
  • UNODC – The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) assists five Central Asian states in reducing the use and trade of illicit drugs, in fighting organised crime, and in preventing terrorism and prosecuting terrorists. Since 1993 UNODC has helped develop Uzbekistan by addressing issues that affect the security, safety and health of its population, particularly its young people. Development is unsustainable unless the issues of drug trafficking and abuse, organised crime, corruption and terrorism are effectively addressed.
  • UNV – The United Nations Volunteers office in Uzbekistan works to coordinate and enhance the work of youth volunteers in Uzbekistan, within a wide range of fields and areas of development. The agency has been instrumental in a number of national initiatives, including the mitigation of the impacts of the Aral Sea disaster.
  • UNESCO - The main mission of the UNESCO Tashkent Office is to represent the Secretariat in the country. The organisation ensures that education, science, culture and communication are all taken into account within the planning and implementation of UN activities in Uzbekistan. UNESCO also raises the funds required for the promotion and implementation of its programme activities, in close cooperation with the National Commission for UNESCO in Uzbekistan, along with both local and international partners.
  • UN Women - UN Women is supporting the efforts of the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan to enhance the economic and social status of rural women in Uzbekistan, through two focus areas. The first focus area is the mobilisation of the efforts of rural communities to address economic and social challenges, and to ensure the rights-based and gender-responsive development and enhancement of rural women’s living standards. The second focus is to enhance the capacities of the Centers for Social and Legal Support in providing consultative and information assistance to rural women, ensuring their access to economic and financial resources.
  • UNRRCA – The goal of the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) is to assist and support the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in building their conflict prevention capacities through enhancing dialogue, utilising confidence-building measures, and establishing genuine partnerships, in order to respond to existing threats and emerging challenges in the Central Asian region.
  • United Nations Information Office – The United Nations Information Office in Uzbekistan presents the work of the United Nations, both in Uzbekistan and around the globe, to national partner representatives, NGOs, the mass media and the general public. The United Nations Information Office maintains the roster of press and media contacts in Uzbekistan.
  • WHO – WHO plays a crucial role in strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, specifically by improving the national system’s overall performance, by developing innovative policies, and by improving quality of care at various levels through the provision of technical assistance.
  • The World Bank – The World Bank’s mission in Uzbekistan is to improve the standard of living of the nation’s citizens. It provides the advice and financial support needed to enhance social services and to modernise the country’s infrastructure. The World Bank works with the government and people of Uzbekistan, sharing knowledge and development experiences from around the globe.