UNDP Supports Strategic Development Reforms in UzbekistanJan 27, 2017
On January 27, 2017, UNDP participated as a co-organizer in a roundtable dedicated to “Uzbekistan’s Five-Area Development Action Strategy for 2017-2021”.
In his welcoming address, Mr. Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan highlighted that the “Action Strategy for Further Development of Uzbekistan” includes important directions, which are timely in the context of the current development stage of Uzbekistan.
More specifically, Mr. Priesner noted that the strategy takes on some important reforms, including administrative reforms, which are essential to further improve service delivery, and enable closer interaction between people and the government, thus strengthening participatory governance. He also commended the focus on rule of law and judicial reforms with the core of the independence of judiciary as the backbone for the realization of rights, economic and social advancement and foreign policy.
Talking about various aspects to enrich the strategy, UN Resident Coordinator suggested considering an explicit link with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, a pronounced component to improve social protection of vulnerable people might make growth more inclusive. Interlinking economic growth and environmental protection would enable to avoid further environmental cataclysms.
In conclusion, Stefan Priesner commended the consultation process and said, “that the United Nations system in Uzbekistan stands ready to further deepen its support to the Government and people of Uzbekistan in line with UNDAF and SDGs” and extends its best wishes for the implementation of the Action Strategy.
The event was organized by the Chambers of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Centre for Human Rights, National Association of Electronic Mass Media and attended by heads, representatives of ministries, agencies, the diplomatic corps representatives of international organizations and mass media.