UNICEF’s Uzbekistan Representative receives Uzbekistan accolade
The UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan, Mr. Reza Hossaini, has been awarded the order Do‘stlik (National Friendship).
“It is a mark of the highest contribution in strengthening the cooperation between UNICEF and Uzbekistan in developing the young generation,” said the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, in a statement.
In the awarding ceremony, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyaev said: “There are many international organizations working in the country, but only UNICEF is known by people in every corner of the republic, thanks to its presence on the ground.” He acknowledged UNICEF’s collaboration at national level in policy development.
Commenting upon the results UNICEF had achieved during the last three years under the leadership of Mr Hossaini, the Prime Minister underlined the significant improvement of the lives of women and children in Uzbekistan. It had been made possible by professionalism and team work in bringing the best international experience and adapting it to local conditions.
In receiving the presidential order, Mr Hossaini thanked government, ministries, civil society and partners at national and local level for their commitment and hard work and said: “Together we have achieved a great deal and this order will further inspire us to do even more for women and children in the country”
Since Uzbekistan’s independence in 1991, this is the only second time this Friendship Order has been awarded to an international organization.
The ceremony was attended by the minister of health, first deputy minister of public education, deputy minister of foreign affairs, specialists from the Cabinet of Ministers and UNICEF staff.