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MDGs in Uzbekistan
Improve living standards and reduce malnutrition
1. Improve living standards and reduce malnutrition
Improve the quality of primary and general secondary education while maintaining universal access
2. Improve the quality of primary and general secondary education while maintaining universal access
Promote gender equality and empower women
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
Reduce child mortality
4. Reduce child mortality
Improve maternal health
5. Improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria
Ensure environmental sustainability
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
Uzbekistan and global partnership for development
8. Uzbekistan and global partnership for development
Beyond 8 MDGs
9. Beyond 8 MDGs
Millennium Development Goals

MDG Campaign

Millennium Summit

The year 2000 marked an important event in the history of the world and the United Nations. The Millennium Summit brought leaders of 189 states together to call on the world’s most pressing challenges. They pledged to make the world a better place for all humanity. It is an opportunity of the millennium for states to join efforts to fight poverty, improve access to basic services, reduce the spread of diseases, and care for environment. The Millennium Declaration set the global agenda for the 21st century and established action-oriented targets around eight specific goals that are known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Millennium Declaration was thus born to reflect the decisions of the world leaders and outlined a road map for progress as far as the year 2015.

What are the MDGs?

The Millennium Development Goals are a framework world leaders agreed upon to reduce poverty and improve the wellbeing of people. They are a set of eight inter-connected development goals with time-bound targets and indicators. The MDGs focus the efforts of the world community on achieving significant, measurable improvements in people’s lives by establishing yardsticks for results:

GOAL 1 - Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
GOAL 2 - Achieve universal primary education
GOAL 3 - Promote gender equality and empower women
GOAL 4 - Reduce child mortality
GOAL 5 - Improve maternal health
GOAL 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
GOAL 7 - Ensure environmental sustainability
GOAL 8 - Develop a global partnership for development

The first seven goals are directed at reducing poverty in all its forms: hunger, lack of income, education and health care, gender inequality, and environmental degradation. Altogether, these goals form a comprehensive and mutually reinforcing approach to alleviating poverty.

The eighth goal provides the means to achieving the first seven. It is targeted to developed nations, calling them to provide additional debt reduction and development assistance.

Reporting Our Success with MDGs

As a signatory to the Millennium Declaration, Uzbekistan is fulfilling its promises to address the challenges outlined in the MDGs. The Government recognizes the relevance and acuteness of these challenges in the national development context. The Government, in collaboration with donor community and the civil society, has embarked on the process of formulating its own national MDG targets and indicators. The national experts’ team made major steps in analyzing the development context for each goal by setting appropriate baselines and indicators. The set of seven national MDG goals are:

GOAL 1 - Improve living standards and reduce malnutrition
GOAL 2 - Improve the quality of primary and general secondary education while maintaining universal access
GOAL 3 - Promote gender equality and empower women
GOAL 4 - Reduce child mortality
GOAL 5 - Improve maternal health
GOAL 6 - Combat hiv/aids, tuberculosis, and malaria
GOAL 7 - Ensure environmental sustainability
GOAL 8 -Uzbekistan and Global Partnership for Development

The Government recognizes, in particular, the successful adaptation and integration of MDGs into the interim - Welfare Improvement Strategy Paper (i-WISP). Additional work is needed to institutionalize monitoring and reporting. Since purpose of both the national MDGs and the country’s i-WISP is improving living standards, the MDG and i-WISP formulations complement each other, especially during the discussion processes. MDGs set a specific framework for the i-WISP formulation as well as benefiting wider national ownership.

The first national MDG baseline study was prepared in the course of MDG nationalization process. It examines the applicability of each of the seven MDGs into the Uzbek context and identifies possible challenges with respect to setting targets and monitoring MDGs.

Awareness campaign is one of the prerequisites for wider national ownership of the national goals. Government and United Nations are the chief advocates for the MDGs in Uzbekistan. They focus on raising awareness of MDGs among national institutions, civil society, media and the general public, appealing equally to policy makers and ordinary citizens.

Uzbekistan’s Progress Towards Achievement of MDGs

As a signatory to the Millennium Declaration, Uzbekistan is fulfilling its promises to address the challenges outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The government recognizes the relevance of these challenges in the national development context. In 2003, in collaboration with the donor community and civil society, the government began to formulate its own national MDG targets and indicators. A team of national experts analysed the development context for each Goal by setting appropriate baselines and indicators.

The first national MDG baseline study was prepared in the course of the MDG localization process. It examined the applicability of first seven MDGs to the Uzbek context and identified possible challenges in setting targets and monitoring the Goals. The main partner in this process is the Ministry of Economy. The localization of each MDG involved different ministries, government institutions, and independent experts.

The government recognizes, in particular, the successful adaptation and integration of the MDGs into the Welfare Improvement Strategy. Additional work is needed to institutionalize monitoring and reporting.

A campaign to promote awareness of the MDGs is one of the prerequisites for national ownership of the Goals. The government and the United Nations are the chief advocates for the MDGs in Uzbekistan. They focus on raising awareness of MDGs among national institutions, civil society, the media, and the general public, appealing both to policymakers and the citizens of Uzbekistan.

The first National MDG Report for Uzbekistan forms part of a broader effort by the United Nations and the government to use the MDGs as a tool for awareness-raising, advocacy, consensus-building, and to confirm the national commitment to socio-economic development. At the same time, it can help in the establishment of effective mechanisms for monitoring progress towards the achievement of the MDGs. Especially noteworthy is the involvement of youth in the MDG advocacy campaign throughout the country.

To complement the achievement of MDGs at local levels, the government and the United Nations system have turned their attention to regional development. For the last two years, UNDP and the European Union have supported regional development strategies in three different regions of the country. In addition, the United Nations system in Uzbekistan has identified two villages close to the Tashkent region to receive United Nations help in developing basic infrastructure and joint capacity-building initiatives for these communities.

Lending further support to the Government’s emphasis on MDGs, the UN Country Team recently started the CCA/UNDAF process for the 2010-2014 period, cooperating closely with the national partners to implement the Welfare Improvement Strategy and maximize MDG achievements by 2015.

The Government has endorsed an Action Plan on MDGs for 2011-2015 . top