UN and Tajikistan reaffirm ‘strong partnership’ in new cooperation agreement — Global Issues

The UN-Tajikistan joint document, signed on Tuesday by Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda and UN resident coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu, sets out national development priorities and goals for the next four years.

“This cooperation framework has ambitious goals to improve the lives of people in Tajikistan and create equal opportunities for every person to realize his or her human rights on the basis of equality, justice and respect for human dignity,” said Ms Mohammed.

Water and health

Together with President Emomali Rahmon, she attended the second Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference, where government delegations, UN entities, civil society organizations and the private sector will spend three days discussing how to foster partnerships to achieve the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The deputy UN chief also visited a primary care health center in Rudaki district, where she saw how the joint UN-European Union Spotlight Initiative supports accessible health services for local populations, as part of the drive to end by 2030 to sexual and gender-based violence. †

Noting that access to essential services, including health care, legal and social protection, are essential to eradicate violence against women and girls, she reaffirmed the UN’s commitment, particularly to support the most vulnerable.

In 2021, the UN in Tajikistan helped 2.2 million people with access to various essential health services.

Education in the spotlight

Back in Dushanbe, she visited the Teacher Innovation Center and met the Minister of Education and Science, where she observed how the UN supports the Ministry to create innovative educational tools, such as educational podcasts for children.

Ms Mohammed emphasized how COVID-19 had shown the world the importance of reforming education for children and adolescents and ensuring its availability, even in difficult circumstances.

In collaboration with the ministry, the UN reached 183,391 children in Tajikistan with digital learning materials last year.

She also welcomed Tajikistan’s intention to participate in the upcoming Transforming Education Summit, to be convened by the UN Secretary-General in September 2022.

Strategic partners

On Monday, the UN deputy chief was in Turkmenistan, where she expressed the willingness of the UN development system to support the country in its sustainable development ambitions, as set out in a newly adopted socio-economic development strategy for 2022-2052.

In a meeting with President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, she highlighted the value of the strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and the UN, and emphasized the importance of collecting statistical data on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“During our meeting, I emphasized the importance of ensuring gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, eradicating negative social norms and zero tolerance for gender-based and domestic violence,” she said.

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