PRESS RELEASE: UN and the Government of Tajikistan review annual results of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016-2020)

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, Dushanbe Around 80 high-level officials from the government, UN agencies, civil society organizations and the media gathered today at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan for the annual UN-Government Joint Steering Committee meeting to review the results of implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in 2017.

The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan and Dr. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan.

UNDAF is a strategic programme framework that draws on the full range of expertise and resources of the United Nations Country Team to deliver development results in response to national priorities as reflected in the National Development Strategy 2016-2030, Mid-term Development Programme 2016-2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The meeting reviewed UN contribution towards Tajikistan's development in areas of good governance, human rights, inclusive economic development, access to quality services, support to vulnerable groups, environmental sustainability and human development as a foundation for sustainable growth to eliminate poverty.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Dr. Mehta acknowledged that achievements of the SDGs agenda requires a whole of government and whole of society approach. The UN's contribution strives to bring real change in the lives of women, men, girls and boys throughout the whole country, leaving no town, no district, no mahalla and no one behind, she added.

The Minister of Economic Development and Trade underscored the importance of an integrated approach to addressing national priorities for sustainable development and highly appreciated UN agencies' contribution towards addressing national development and achievements of SDGs in the country.

Source: United nations in Tajikistan