Government of Tajikistan and United Nations mark 30th anniversary of cooperation
03 March 2023
The Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations hosted a high-level event to mark 30th anniversary of the UN’s presence in the country and productive partnership.
The event took place with participation of all UN partners, Government ministries and organizations, diplomatic corpus , international organizations, civil society organizations, mass media representatives, activists and UN agencies represented in Tajikistan
The event highlighted the UN’s work since 1993 to support Tajikistan throughout its different stages of development. The partners had an opportunity to get acquainted with a A photo exhibition titled “UN in Action: 30 years in Tajikistan” depicting partnership of UN’s presence in the country.
Mr Farhod Salim, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Tajikistan noted: “30 years of productive cooperation with United Nations and Tajikistan's active participation in its agencies’ activities proved that the UN and Tajikistan have become reliable partners. We are confident that our country will further continue promoting global initiatives in the United Nations and will strengthen its cooperation with all UN member-states”.
Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator highlighted in her speech: “I am proud that the UN has been working hand in hand with the Government and partners to help Tajikistan realize its national development aspirations. Over the years, the nature of UN’s cooperation with Tajikistan has also evolved reflecting the needs and priorities of the country. Today, we have reached a new era. The era of “cooperation” versus “assistance.” And what better way to demonstrate this much more mature and elevated partnership than Tajikistan’s role in the global water agenda.”.
Within 30 years of actions in Tajikistan, UN contributed to achieving the peace and development in Tajikistan. Between 2005 and 2022 alone, UN Agencies provided more than 1 billion USD in development assistance. UN programmes cover a spectrum of sectors and topics. The type of assistance ranges from upstream policy development to capacity development of institutions to direct services and aid to the population. Within the new cooperation agreement between the UN and Tajikistan for 2023-2026, UN Agencies aim to deliver close to 370 million USD in development funding during this period.
Note: The Republic of Tajikistan became a full-fledged United Nations member as a new independent state in 1992. The first UN offices opened in Tajikistan in 1993 were the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) . The activities of UNMOT ensured the advancement of the peace process in Tajikistan, assisted in peacekeeping efforts, and provided urgent humanitarian assistance. In May 2000, on the initiative of the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan the United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peacebuilding (UNTOP) was established based on UNMOT. Currently the UN works with the Republic of Tajikistan within the new Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for 2023-2026.
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) to ensure the support of the UN is fully aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as well as to the National Development Strategy 2016-2030.