On Tuesday October 24, the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations organized an exhibition at the National Museum of Tajikistan to mark the UN Day and partnership for sustainable development.

The exhibition of UN in Tajikistan has been inaugurated by UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Mr. Arthur van Diesen and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Mr. Farhod Salim.  The event took place with participation of state institutions, diplomatic corps, international organizations, civil society and mass media representatives and UN agencies represented in Tajikistan.

Mr. Arthur van Diesen, UN Resident Coordinator a. i. noted in his opening remarks: “Thirty years ago, the first UN operation was set up in Tajikistan.  With this campaign we want to capture the key moments in the long and fruitful partnership between the UN and Tajikistan.  We also wish to reaffirm our commitments to continue to support national efforts to harness the capabilities and creative energy of people and to ensure shared prosperity for all.”

The main event included the photo and practical exhibition of 30 years of UN operations in Tajikistan, cooperation with the Government, support to global initiatives, thematic areas (water, glaciers, disaster reduction, green economy, gender equality, equity, human rights, social development, innovations) among others.

UN agencies also organized several sessions on climate change and environmental sustainability, safe migration, presentation of School of Gender Advocates, Gender Action Learning System (GALS), Youth Talk on youth participation and disability inclusion. UN quiz was organized by young people to raise awareness about the key facts related to the UN and global development.

Other key interventions to inform the public about the UN work in Tajikistan within the UN Day 2023 campaign, which started on October 24 and last until the end of the year, include series of lectures for the students of universities on sustainable development and conduction of Model UN conference by the UN Tajikistan Association.

United Nations Day, on October 24, marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.  UN Day, celebrated every year, offers the opportunity to amplify our common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the UN Charter that have guided us for the past 78 years.

Tajikistan joined the United Nations on March 2, 1992 as a new independent state. The UN supports Tajikistan to achieve its national priorities. In the immediate years after becoming a UN Member State these priorities were largely related to conflict resolution, mediation, reconciliation and reconstruction.  Today, these priorities are focused on sustainable development, peace and security and human rights. The Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team (UNCT) and ensures the support of the UN is fully aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as well as to the National Development Strategy 2016-2030.  The current UN development assistance framework as agreed with the Government consists of six key priorities: 1) democratic governance, rule of law and human rights; 2) sustainable and equitable economic development; 3) social development (health, education, and social protection); 4) nutrition and food security’ 5) inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable groups; and 6) resilience and environmental sustainability.