To­ward Univer­sal Ac­cess to Ed­u­ca­tion

The doc­u­ment drafted by Uzbek­istan has found unan­i­mous sup­port of all mem­ber states of the United Na­tions at a ple­nary ses­sion of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - ACTUAL -

The adop­tion of a spe­cial res­o­lu­tion on En­light­en­ment and Re­li­gious Tol­er­ance em­bod­ied the prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ini­tia­tive of Uzbek­istan’s Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev put for­ward at the 72nd ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Septem­ber 2017 in New York.

In or­der to im­ple­ment this ini­tia­tive, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of Uzbek­istan, to­gether with other govern­ment agen­cies of the coun­try, has un­der­taken cer­tain ef­forts to elab­o­rate the text of the draft res­o­lu­tion and its co­or­di­na­tion with all the United Na­tions mem­ber na­tions.

It is note­wor­thy that the res­o­lu­tion was not only unan­i­mously sup­ported by all UN mem­ber states, but was also co-au­thored by over 50 coun­tries of the world.

The res­o­lu­tion em­pha­sizes the im­por­tant role of pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion, peace, hu­man rights, tol­er­ance and friend­ship, and also rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of in­te­gra­tion, mu­tual re­spect, pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights, tol­er­ance and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing in the name of bol­ster­ing se­cu­rity and peace in the world.

The doc­u­ment wel­comes all in­ter­na­tional, re­gional and na­tional ini­tia­tives aimed at pro­mot­ing in­ter­re­li­gious, in­ter­cul­tural and in­tereth­nic har­mony and com­bat­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion against in­di­vid­u­als based on re­li­gion or be­lief.

In ad­di­tion, the res­o­lu­tion rec­og­nizes the key role of UN­ESCO in pro­mot­ing peace and se­cu­rity in the world by ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion among na­tions through ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence and cul­ture.

The unan­i­mous adop­tion of this res­o­lu­tion by the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly is a clear man­i­fes­ta­tion and in­di­ca­tor of com­plete sup­port by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for the con­sis­tent, deeply thought-out strat­egy of the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan to con­sol­i­date the at­mos­phere of co­op­er­a­tion, mu­tual re­spect and sol­i­dar­ity among dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties and faiths, main­tain­ing and boost­ing in­ter­faith di­a­logue, en­sur­ing in­ter­cul­tural and in­tereth­nic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, se­cur­ing peace and har­mony in our coun­try.

The ini­tia­tive is seeks to se­cure univer­sal ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, erad­i­cate il­lit­er­acy and ig­no­rance. The doc­u­ment aims to “pro­mote the es­tab­lish­ment of tol­er­ance and mu­tual re­spect, en­sure re­li­gious free­dom, pro­tec­tion of the rights of be­liev­ers, and pre­vent their dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

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