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

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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.

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