About UNICEF Uzbekistan
After independent Uzbekistan became a member of the United Nations, UNICEF opened its Country Office in Tashkent on 1 March 1994. Through its successive programmes of cooperation, UNICEF has assisted the Government at the central and local levels to address issues related to the rights and wellbeing of children and their families in partnership with civil society organizations, Members of Parliament, communities, youth, mass media, as well as multilateral and bilateral development partners.
The first Country Programme of Cooperation started in 1995 and supported an uninterrupted delivery of basic services for children and women. This included provision of supplies and trainings for service providers in health and education sectors. Water supply and sanitation needs of rural communities living in the Aral Sea basin were also addressed.
By 1999, provision of basic services for children was well underway, allowing UNICEF to shift the focus from emergency response to a longer term and comprehensive programming. A rights-based approach was also prioritized to ensure that the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) becomes the standard for health, education and protection of children. The CRC states that children need good health care services, proper nutrition, good quality education, protection from harm and exploitation, a safe environment, and encouragement to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
Since 2000, UNICEF’s assistance to Uzbekistan has gradually expanded to address all aspects of the rights and wellbeing of children, including the right to protection from violence and abuse and to participation (according to age and ability) in matters that affect their lives. In the past decade there has been a significant increase in UNICEF’s financial and human resource investment in Uzbekistan and the focus has shifted from supply and service delivery to technical assistance, evidence based advocacy and knowledge sharing on issues related to children and women.
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