Implementation of Youth and Child-Friendly Local Governance initiative starts in Uzbekistan

Six cities create enabling environment for children and young people

29 April 2022

TASHKENT, 29 April 2022 – Today, Nationwide Movement ‘Yuksalish’, Youth Affairs Agency, and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with six (6) khokimiyats to participate in the Youth and Child-Friendly Local Governance (YCFLG) initiative in Uzbekistan.

This initiative supported by the Swiss Cooperation Agency will pioneer in selected cities, which will be model cities of the YCFLG initiative launched last year in Uzbekistan.

This initiative joins a global movement of cities and towns across the world that seek to ensure communities where the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children and young people are an integral part of public policies, programmes and decisions.

Under a USD$400 000 Swiss Cooperation Agency grant, UNICEF will support the local governments of Asaka in Andijan region, Kokand in Fergana region, Zarafshan in Navoi region, Termez in Surkhandarya region, Yangibozor in Khorezm region, Buston in the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Support will be geared towards ensuring that the rights of children and young people are met, through engagement of young people in planning and programme implementation on vital municipal decisions.

“At its best, this initiative is an empowering tool that creates an enabling environment for the younger population to fulfill their rights, to be heard and to meaningfully participate in the life of their communities,” said Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “We are pleased that the first 6 cities in Uzbekistan are joining this global initiative to compete for the title of being the best Youth and Child-Friendly in the world.”

As the next steps, the local governments will drive a bold agenda rooted in tangible Action Plans to improve the state of children and youth. All activities will be done jointly with young people in their cities. Local government will create statutory platforms to engage youth, activities to enhance skills will be prioritized and principles of active participation and social innovation adhered to.

“Ensuring the rights and interests of children and young people is one of the priorities of the state policy,” said Bobur Bekmurodov, chairman of the ‘Yuksalish’ Nationwide Movement. “Joining the global initiative on the children and youth-friendly cities will further ensure a systematic approach to the participation of children and young people in decision-making processes that directly affect their well-being. This provides an opportunity for developing effective mechanisms for interaction between local khokimiyats and youth.”

The initiative covers a number of areas such as enhancement of youth employment; expanding opportunities for equitable and quality education; meaningful leisure; creation of a safe environment; promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

“Uzbekistan is a country of young people who consists of about 60 percent of the population. With the direct initiative and practical support of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a completely new system of working with young people in our country protects their interests is based on a vertical system of working with young people, so their interests are protected in all makhallas,” said Alisher Sadullaev, Chairman of the Youth Affairs Agency. 

At the end of 2022, the cities will present their Action plans tailored to the needs and interests of children and youth and developed jointly with children and youth. Three out of six cities with the Action Plans most responsive to the rights of children and youth, will receive additional funding to their budget for further implementation jointly with young people. By the end of 2023, an effectiveness of the programme will be assessed and a plan for scaling the programme nationally will be developed. Cities with the top results will receive the status of Youth and Child-Friendly City.

For more information, please contact: 

Jahongir Turakhanobv

Head of Press Service, Nationwide Movement ‘Yuksalish’

Phone: + 998 97 737 03 73

E-mail: turahanov82@gmail.com

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Sharofiddin Khonimov

Chief of Section Youth Affairs Agency

Phone: +998 91 2349595

E-mail: sharofiddin_2017@mail.ru

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Inna Wolfson

Youth and Adolescent Health Specialist, UNICEF Uzbekistan

Phone: +998 71 233 95 12

Email: iwolfson@unicef.org

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Nargiza Egamberdieva

Communication Officer, UNICEF Uzbekistan

Phone: +998 71 233 95 12

E-mail: negamberdieva@unicef.org

Media contacts

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UNICEF Uzbekistan
Tel: +99893 380 34 19

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