Uzbekistan holds the first national consultations on environment and climate within the framework of the "Stockholm +50" international meeting

Posted April 29, 2022

 

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The UN General Assembly is convening an international meeting, “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” in Stockholm on 2 and 3 June 2022, on the eve of World Environment Day.

Five decades after the 1972 Stockholm Conference, the Government of Sweden, with support from the Government of Kenya, will host Stockholm+50, an international meeting in 2022 to commemorate the 50 years since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and its outcome documents, as a contribution to the environmental dimension of sustainable development to accelerate the implementation of commitments in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development, including a sustainable recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In preparation for Stockholm+50 international meeting, a number of national consultations are being held, organized by UNDP Uzbekistan in cooperation with national and international partners.

The objective of the national consultations is to stimulate an inclusive whole-of-society and whole-of-government dialogue on the main themes of Stockhom+50. The country is given the opportunity to express its position and bring the environmental issues of Uzbekistan to the international level, present the achievements and directions of state measures to ensure the conservation of nature, its resources, as well as the contribution to climate change mitigation. The results of the national consultations will shape the prospects for national development programs as an input to the international meeting.

Together with the government and development partners, four national consultations will be held in Uzbekistan as a integrated and accountable process:

✅ Discussion of the Strategic Framework for Green Transition and the launch of the Green Hub in Uzbekistan - Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction of the Republic of Uzbekistan - April 29, 2022;

✅ Strengthening the sustainable development of the Aral Sea Region (around the Integrated Roadmap for the Aral Sea Region) - Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade - May 6, 2022 Nukus;

✅ Nationally Determined Contributions and Climate Change Adaptation - Center for Hydrometeorological Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan - May 11, 2022;

✅ Solving environmental issues related to biodiversity conservation and public participation in natural resource management in Uzbekistan - State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection - May 12, 2022.

April 29, 2022, the first consultation was organized jointly with the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction of the Republic of Uzbekistan and was dedicated to the Green Growth Framework. The round table discussion was attended by representatives of various national ministries and departments, international organizations, as well as representatives of civil society, academia and community groups.

This Strategic Framework will allow Uzbekistan, based on international experience and proposals, to outline a sustainable path for economic development in six blocks of green growth and key cross-cutting themes with specific sectoral priorities. In light of the new focus on practical implementation of the Green Economy Transition Strategy, UNDP will continue to be actively involved in assisting the Government in the development of the Green Growth Strategic Framework through joint consultation and sharing of the latest updates.

Matilda Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, in her speech noted ‘Today we express our readiness to expand and continue our participation and support in the development of the Green Growth Strategic Framework. It is symbolic that consultations coincide with the launch of ‘Green Hub’, designed to contribute to the process of transition to a ‘green’ economy by generating ideas, accumulating and sharing knowledge. We are pleased that this is how the foundation is laid for the first national consultation within the framework of the Stockholm+50 international meeting.

This consultation coincides with the launch of the national center ‘Green Hub’ at the Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research under the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, which aims to further contribute to the transition to a green economy in the country by generating ideas, accumulating and sharing knowledge, involving and bringing together experts, research organizations, international financial institutions, and organizing joint work.