SDGs under Discussion
More than 70 specialists from ministries and other government agencies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan gathered in Tashkent earlier this week for a two-day international meeting entitled “Supporting the
Organized by the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the Central Asia Bureau of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the event provided an opportunity to discuss the need for an integrated approach to the realization of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The focus was on SDG 16 “Peace, justice and effective institutions” and SDG 3 “Good health and well-being”.
Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Uzbekistan Gairat Hidoyatov emphasized in his speech that “On 20 October 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted Resolution 841 on Measures for Implementing the National Sustainable Development Goals for the Period up to 2030”. The document emphasizes the clear commitment of Uzbekistan to the execution of Resolution 70 of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted in September 2015. Resolution 841 reflects a systemic approach of the government to furthering the goals within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda toward 2030.”
According to Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNODC supports Central Asian countries in monitoring and reporting on targets for SDG 16 in terms of countering transnational organized crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, and SDG 3 on targets such as putting an end to the AIDS epidemic, including among drug users, improving prevention and treating substance abuse, including drug abuse, ensuring universal healthcare coverage.
Ashita Mittal also noted close collaboration with UNDP, UNICEF and WHO in supporting countries in setting baselines for monitoring the national indicators of the SDGs for Goals 3 and 16. UNODC operates in the region through the provision of best practices, expertise, tools and methodologies. The UNODC Central Asia regional office also hopes that the event would serve as a platform for building networks of interaction and strengthening regional cooperation in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In addition to sharing experiences, the experts from the participating countries worked to identify two sets of needs, regarding in particular the effective monitoring and reporting on progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, as well as the technical support needed to develop and implement strategies and programs to accelerate progress towards their priorities.
Since young people constitute the bulk of the population of Central Asian countries, students were also involved in the event. As future reform developers, they were given the opportunity to communicate with experts from the countries of the region in an informal atmosphere, ask questions of interest and share views.