Tashkent, 13 June 2023 (TDI): On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of UNDP’s presence in Uzbekistan on June 12, Uzbekistan Deputy Foreign Minister Gayrat Fozilov met Ivana Živković, the Director of UNDP Regional Office for Europe and the CIS.

In addition to congratulating its representatives, the Deputy Foreign Minister expressed appreciation for the Program’s projects that have been implemented in various areas during the last three decades in Uzbekistan.

On the other hand, Ivana Živković also acknowledged the cooperation and support extended by the Uzbekistan government in facilitating the work of the organization in the country.

The two sides discussed the implementation of joint projects in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Development Strategy of New Uzbekistan for 2022-2026.

Furthermore, to preserve biodiversity and the environment, special attention was placed on collective measures to combat climate change and mitigate the negative effects of the ecological cataclysm caused by the Aral Sea.

Uzbekistan’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Uzbekistan aims to become a high-middle-income country by 2030, thus doubling its per capita income while reducing poverty and inequality.

The country committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. Since then, several structural and economic reforms have been introduced along with various measures to promote human development and prosperity.

SDGs, the 17 interconnected goals, are aimed at alleviating poverty, fighting climate change, preserving life on earth, promoting human development and sustainable growth to help people around the world deal with development challenges and make the world a better place for all.

Development Strategy of New Uzbekistan for 2022-2026

A decree for the development of New Uzbekistan for 2022-2026 was enacted by the President in continuation of the Action Strategy of Uzbekistan, which aimed to strengthen reform effectiveness and modernize the country through both state and societal development.

In addition to developing a free civil society, the Strategy promotes human capital development and strengthens law and order through 7 priority areas.

Together with the national government of Uzbekistan, UNDP is working to achieve Global Goals, as well as to assist the former in achieving its goal of becoming a high-middle-income nation by 2030.

The two are strong partners and are expected to strengthen this partnership further through joint efforts and collaboration.