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Statement by Dr. Pratibha Mehta UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan at the High-level conference “Strengthening partnership for sustainable development achievement in t ...

Your Excellency, President of Tajikistan Mr. Emomali Rahmon,

Your Excellency Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share some remarks on behalf of the UN Country Team in Tajikistan on operationalization of SDGs. I would like to begin by first congratulating the government for making tremendous progress in drastically reducing income poverty from 81% in 2000 to 32% in 2015 and for achieving several other MDG targets at the national level and now for being one of the first countries in this Region to nationalize SDGs.

As we know, the 17 SDGs adopted by the world leaders in 2015 were defined by people’s aspiration of the “world they want to live in”. By adopting SDGs, the world leaders made highest level commitment to put people in the centre of sustainable development.

It is widely known that the world faces many threats and risks to achieving sustainable development. For example, risk of exclusion and marginalization of some population groups; risk of gender inequality; risk of climate change and repeated disasters; risk of growing intolerance, injustice and conflict;  risk of jobless growth and unemployment; risk of isolation, etc. 

The National Development Strategic vision emphasizes the need to prevent and mitigate domestic vulnerabilities and external risks to sustainable development. As Minister of economic development and trade mentioned NDS is also aligned to 78 % SDG targets including many SDGs targets for health, education, energy, food security, water and infrastructure but more needs to be done to align the NDS to the SDG targets to achieve rule of law and civil society participation for peaceful and inclusive societies; targets to ensure access to social services like health, water, sanitation, nutrition and education by all groups of population in remote rural and urban areas; targets for gender equality and women empowerment, which are not limited to SDG 5 but cuts across all 17 SDGs and the SDG targets for jobs creation, especially for the youth to eradicate income poverty.

SDGs are ambitious and integrated. For effective implementation, an action oriented and costed implementation plan, taking into account the unfinished MDG agenda and SDGs, that can lead to transformational changes, as well as actions to unblock institutional and governance bottlenecks can help accelerate progress. Given the level of ambition of SDGs, Government alone will not be able to achieve the goals by 2030, active participation and partnership with CSOs and private sector will be needed, in addition to mobilizing resources in innovative manner. The Government is preparing a comprehensive roadmap to implement SDGs and we hope that it will help roll out the implementation and monitoring process in a systematic way.

The UN Country Team in Tajikistan is committed to working together with the development partners in supporting the Government and people of Tajikistan in achieving the SDG agenda in the spirit of its core principle to leave no one, no woman no man and no child, behind.

Thank you. 

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