Adham Ikramov, Chairperson of the Inter-ministerial Coordination Council on Disability, the Minister for Development of Sports, Roli Asthana, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan and Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan launched the Joint Programme implemented by UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and OHCHR aimed at transforming of social service delivery by implementing human rights-based approach for children, youth and women with disabilities in Uzbekistan.
Promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals has been a key long-standing priority for the UN Country Team in delivering together in Uzbekistan.
In June 2021, Uzbekistan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and reiterated its commitment to human rights and the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in line with the principles of the Convention, as well as the principle of Leaving No One Behind.
The newly launched programme will focus on following priority areas:
“Working directly with people with disabilities will build a sustainable, inclusive and transformative future where everyone can realize their potential and move to achieving the central promise of the 2030 Agenda: leaving no one behind,” highlighted Ms. Roli Asthana, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan.
“The Joint Programme lays an important foundation to address some immediate priorities for the domestication and the implementation of the CRPD,” said, Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “However, collective responsibility of all stakeholders to creating the requisite pre-conditions is required."
This joint programme worth $600.000 and will be implemented over the next two years.
The joint programme will be implemented in close coordination with the Government, particularly the Agency on Medical and Social Services under the Cabinet of Ministers, different ministries and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities.