INTEGRATED GOALS, COMMON ASPIRATIONS
Do you know that the Development Strategy being implemented in Uzbekistan is closely intertwined with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals? It was about this linkage that the participants of a roundtable discussion, organized by the UN Office in Uzbekistan and the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, deliberated on.
On 25 September 2015, the UN member states adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030. Each of the 17 Goals contains a number of indicators that must be achieved within 15 years. To achieve Sustainable Development Goals, joint efforts of governments, the private sector, civil society and the inhabitants of the Earth are needed.
After the approval in February 2017of the five-year Strategy of Actions for the Development of Uzbekistan along Priority Areas, it became clear that this document is in line with the aspirations of the SDGs, and at the national level is contributing to their achievement.
The fact of similarity of aspirations was repeatedly voiced at the roundtable by Uzbek and foreign experts. The UN Permanent Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner stated that since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the government of Uzbekistan has demonstrated a firm commitment to the implementation of global objectives at the national level.
Sadik Safayev, the First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis, stressed that the role of the parliament is extremely important in promoting and ensuring the success of the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals by fulfilling its functions in the field of lawmaking, the formation of the state budget and the implementation of parliamentary control.
Another important factor was underscored by experts in integrating the national Sustainable Development Goals into sector-based and regional development programs. Particular attention was paid to issues of securing environmental sustainability and addressing the problems associated with climate change.
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The goals of sustainable development recognize that the eradication of poverty must be inextricably linked to the implementation of strategies that promote economic growth and address a number of social needs, including in the areas of education, healthcare, social protection and employment opportunities, while addressing the challenges posed by the change of climate.
The Development Strategy of the Republic of Uzbekistan provides for the improvement in state building efforts, further reforms of the judicial and legal system, advancement and liberalization of the economy, development of the social sphere, including education, healthcare, social protection and employment opportunities, security, interethnic harmony and religious tolerance.