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Millennium Development Goals

"UZBEKISTAN HAS OUTLINED EIGHT GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS"

In the Latvian magazine "Free city" published an article entitled "Uzbekistan has outlined eight global development goals". It is dedicated to the presentation of the Second National Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Uzbekistan on 29 April this year in Tashkent.

The magazine reports that the event was attended by representatives of ministries and departments, international organizations, diplomatic corps, experts and civil society.

It is noted that the report was a joint initiative of the Government of Uzbekistan and the United Nations agencies in the country. It is an analysis and assessment of the country's progress towards the Millennium Development Goals for the period 2000-2013. The report identifies the key factors that contributed to the achievement of the MDGs, and formulated the tasks facing Uzbekistan in the coming years.

It is emphasized that the socio-economic policy the government of Uzbekistan, aimed at sustainable economic growth, equitable distribution of income and the harmonious development of population, creates social consensus in society on the basis of achieving a common noble objectives of its development. During the years 2001-2013 against the backdrop of sustainable high economic growth failed to reduce the level of poverty in Uzbekistan is almost 2 times - from 27,5 to 14,1%.

"Initiated by President Islam Karimov back in the mid 90-s of the last century, educational reform, have created favorable conditions for broader access by all segments of the population to education, not only primary, but also the subsequent steps, - notes the publication. - Reforms in the health care provided to residents of the republic to obtain high-quality, professional, technically well-equipped medical services, including in rural areas".

"Free city" separately allocates paid in our country to ensuring environmental sustainability, improve the management of water and land resources. The results of ongoing work in this direction, according to the publication, helps to reduce water losses and improve the quality of land resources in the country.

 

"VOICE OF TURKEY" ON UZBEKISTAN

On the radio channel "Voice of Turkey" the Turkish state broadcasting company TRT broadcast was transmitted, dedicated to Uzbekistan. It was attended by director and host of "International Review" Suleyman Erdal and director of the Center for International Security Studies (USGAM) professor M.S.Erol.

During the 40-minute broadcast to listeners provides detailed information on the achievements of Uzbekistan for years of independence in the implementation of democratic reforms, as well as in the fields of economy, education and civil society.

Turkish expert noted that the parliamentary and presidential elections in Russia were held in conditions of stability, openness and fairness.

In particular, it stressed that gradually implemented reforms in the country based on its actual capabilities and potential, where the foundation is put the principle of social justice, human interests and well-being of society. Since independence in the country has developed the "Uzbek model" of development, according to which the course on modernization and economic diversification and industrialization with the introduction of high technologies.

As part of the reforms to the development of democracy and civil society broadened the role of parliament, political parties and non-governmental organizations in government.

The developed system of social support for elder people, women and children, of course, is an indicator of the efficiency of the state, its maturity and independence.

Thus, a feature of the management system of Uzbekistan is the active integration of women in the political life of the country, their influence on political decision-making. Unique is the Institute of Public Management "Mahalla". The country has developed and successfully operated 10 thousand NGOs.

Due to profound changes sharply increased political activity of citizens of the country in the political, legal and electoral systems to ensure freedom of speech and expression, guaranteeing the protection of human rights and development of civil society. In addition, over the years of independence Uzbekistan has established a parliamentary system and abolished the death penalty. It attaches great importance to environmental protection. To this end, the Parliament allocated 15 seats for the environmental movement.

In this context, M.Erol stressed that the deep reforms undertaken in the politico-legal system of the country, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Uzbekistan, aimed primarily at the protection of human rights, women and children are recognized by international experts of the UN, the ILO and other authoritative organizations. "This means that Uzbekistan will surely continue reforms to build a democratic society", - concluded the Turkish expert said.

 

BALTIC PORTAL BALTIC NEWS SERVICE (BNS) CONTINUES TO INFORM ITS READERS ABOUT EVENTS IN UZBEKISTAN.

 In particular, the official website of the publication posted an article about the fact that Uzbekistan has submitted a second national report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

It notes that the document is an analysis and assessment of the country's progress towards the Millennium Development Goals for the period 2000-2013". The report identifies the key factors that contributed to the achievement of the MDGs, and formulated the tasks facing Uzbekistan in the coming years", according to information material.

Further it informed that the report consists of 8 points of the MDGs. In particular, such as Uzbekistan and global partnership, to improve the quality of education in primary and secondary schools, the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, improving maternal health, combating HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, ensuring environmental sustainability.

"Accelerating the transformation process requires a constant search of new points of balance and appropriate adaptation strategies for sustainable human development. Thus, the report could become the basis for the beginning of consultations on the development and adaptation of the global development agenda after 2015, and the goals of sustainable development for Uzbekistan" - the publication noted.

"With the presentation of the report and the progress towards the MDGs in Uzbekistan by the Center for Economic Studies of the Republic, is the coordinating institution for the preparation of the report. United Nations Office in Uzbekistan presented the main principles and directions of sustainable development at the global level" - the article reports.

 

UZBEKISTAN: LONG-TERM AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH

During the years of independence Uzbekistan has formed an effective technical, technological and financial base of long-term and sustainable economic growth. This is stated in the National Report of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) submitted May 1, 2015.

The document notes that one of the key factors contributing to achieving the targets under the first MDG was the implementation in our country, structural reforms for the development of basic industries and the expansion of investment in infrastructure.

From the first days of independence, the republic is consistent work on modernization, technical and technological renewal of basic industries — fuel and energy complex, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy and others. The development of these industries played an important role in accelerating the pace of economic growth, increasing exports, strengthening macroeconomic stability and creating a basis for sustainable growth in human well-being in the long term.

Accordingly, the policy of the leadership of Uzbekistan was aimed at attracting large-scale investment in basic industries and infrastructure development. Between 2002 and 2013 the volume of investments into the national economy increased by 6,4 times — from 2,0 to 12,1 billion USD. As a result, the structure of the national economy significantly changed. Republic from a predominantly agricultural country turned into a modern industrial state.

During 2001–2013, the share of industry in GDP has increased from 14.1 to 24.2%, the share of services — from 44% to 53%. With continued growth in production in the agricultural sector, its share in GDP fell from 30.0 to 17.6%.

Special attention should be the development of small business and private entrepreneurship (SBPE). Over the years of independence, the country formed a complete system of guarantees and incentives for that sector. Currently substantially simplified tax administration, measures were taken to reduce administrative barriers and other transaction costs of doing business.

With the implementation of measures for 2001–2013, the share of small business in GDP increased from 33,8 to 55,8%, in industry — from 12,5 to 28,1%, in agriculture — from 74,5 to 98,1% in the service sector — from 37 to 48,9%. The share of employment in the sector increased from SBPE 51,8% in 2001 to 76,7% in 2013. In the structure of incomes of the population is increasing the share of income from business activities, which in the years of independence has increased from 27% to 50,7%. This is one of the highest rates in the CIS countries.

 

UZBEKISTAN'S EXPERIENCE IN DEMAND BY INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Steady advancement of Uzbekistan on the path of democratization and liberalization of society and the economy, progress in creating a high quality of living conditions for its citizens and improving their well-being are highly appreciated in the world. This is evidenced by the ratings of numerous international institutions and research organizations, in accordance with which our country goes out to all the higher positions, which evoke a sense of pride and belonging.

Today, Uzbekistan - dynamically developing state and a full member of the world community, which plays an important role in the system of international relations. His wide-ranging experience in implementing democratic and socioeconomic reforms is growing interest in the international community as a successful model of steady progress, experts and political scientists studied in many countries.

This is largely due to the active cooperation of Uzbekistan in the framework of international and regional organizations that are considering our country as an important and time-tested reliable partner in addressing pressing issues on the international agenda.

Along with this, the authoritative international organizations are showing increased interest in the political and economic processes taking place in our country, its successes in sequential reforming the state and the society, ensuring the constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens, improving their well-being.

In recent years, modern development and achievements of Uzbekistan is increasingly regarded with great interest and are discussed in the framework of multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and other organizations.

For example, in the UN headquarters in New York on a regular basis as official documents of the General Assembly adopted the information on the results of large-scale reforms in our country. These documents reveal the results achieved in areas such as maintenance of high rates of economic growth, improving the welfare of the population, reform of the judicial system, education and health, the environment, youth policy, food safety, building and strengthening of civil society and NGOs.

Successful experience in the modernization of the state and society in Uzbekistan is also the subject of increased attention of international institutions within the framework of the UN. Among them - the United Nations Office at Geneva, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations HIV / AIDS, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and others.

Since the beginning of 2015 among the member countries of the United Nations as official documents of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly were distributed informational materials about the development of civil society in Uzbekistan, about the experience of our country in improving the institutional framework of the activities of NGOs, as well as on the results of socio-economic development of Uzbekistan in 2014 and key priorities of economic program for 2015.

In addition, these materials have been distributed to 57 participating countries, 11 cooperation partners of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the institutions and the OSCE field missions, as well as the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the countries of the CIS.

The growing attention and interest of the international community is manifested in a variety of activities - briefings, presentations and meetings, which are held in the UN headquarters in New York and Geneva, the OSCE in Vienna and the CIS in Minsk. This is evidenced by the numerous responses of leaders and representatives of competent intergovernmental bodies, positively assesses the achievements of our country in the field of human rights and interests, the process of democratization of state power and control, liberalization, modernization and diversification of the economy.

In particular, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Andrey Vasilyev stressed that ECE attaches great importance to cooperation with Uzbekistan. "Uzbekistan - is a key country in the Central Asian region, with a dynamic and diversified economy, - he said. - I have more than ten years regularly visit the republic and each time I witness how it is developing intensively. Much attention is paid to supporting small business and private entrepreneurship, service sector, infrastructure development, not only in the capital, but also in remote regions. Uzbekistan is an important partner for the ECE environmental, housing development, innovation development, entrepreneurship and other areas We also actively cooperate in the field of housing and land, and we are very interesting and necessary experience of Uzbekistan in this matter. We hope that cooperation in these areas will continue successfully. "

According to the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, the Republic of Uzbekistan is an important member of this organization. According to his confession, our country plays a significant role in promoting peace, security and friendship on a global scale, makes a contribution to the activities of the OSCE.

In turn, the WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab notes that against the background of global and regional financial crises in Uzbekistan has been significant progress in ensuring long-term sustainable development.

It appreciated the efforts made by the country to improve the health and education systems, which play an important role in the formation of harmoniously developed young generation. In particular, according to J.Yakab, Uzbekistan has made good progress in reducing maternal and child mortality, ensuring gender balance, improving the quality of education. Thus, the republic has made a contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Deputy Director of the Regional Office for Europe, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Sylvie Motard the high level of cooperation with our country in the field of ecology and promote issues such as the "green economy", protecting the environment and biodiversity. However, she stressed that UNEP adequately appreciate not only bilateral relations, but also a significant contribution of Uzbekistan in regional platforms such as the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) and the Interstate Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).

"I am aware of the upcoming presidential elections in Uzbekistan, which will be held on March 29 of this year, - she said. - This is a very important historical moment in the life of the state. The fact that four candidates are presented as candidates for the top job, says that policy reforms that are being implemented in the country. We, as part of the UN system, very pleased with this circumstance. Taking this opportunity, I want to wish success of upcoming elections".

Head of the Department of International Relations Inter-Parliamentary Union Anda Filip appreciates the active participation of Uzbek women in public life, particularly in the parliamentary activities. In this regard, it also welcomes the implementation of reforms in the country to improve the institute of parliamentarism, expanding and strengthening the powers of the legislature, as well as ensuring parliamentary control over the activities of state bodies. At the same time, as an important factor in achieving sustained progress and Uzbekistan A.Filip notes prevailing in our country an atmosphere of peace, harmony and tolerance between people of different nations and nationalities who are working together for the benefit of their common homeland.

Like a lot of attention and positive evaluation of the international community once again confirm the correctness and effectiveness of deep thoughtfulness elected leadership of the development of Uzbekistan, indicate a wide recognition in the world successes of our country, the full support of its domestic and foreign policies.