On June 26-27, 2019, a joint seminar was held in Tashkent, organized by the National Center for Human Rights in cooperation with the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Central Asia and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
The workshop was opened by the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Uzbekistan, Helena Fraser. Welcoming remarks were also made by Mirzatilla Tillabayev, First Deputy Director of the National Center for Human Rights of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Richard Komenda, Regional Representative for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Central Asia, and Khabibulla Murodkhuzhaev, Head of the Department for Social Statistics and Sustainable Development.
The objective of the seminar was to strengthen the conceptual and analytical link between the SDGs and human rights reporting, as well as to strengthen the state’s capacity in the area of a rights-based approach to data for implementing the 2030 Agenda in Uzbekistan.
On the first day, the seminar participants were provided with international human rights standards and an overview of the interaction of Uzbekistan with UN human rights mechanisms. 2030 Agenda were introduced to the participants and the links between the SDGs and human rights.
On the second day, SDG 5, 10 and 16 indicators were proposed for discussion. Using the recommendations of human rights mechanisms, the groups identified a list of indicators which are proposed to be included in the SDG indicators of Uzbekistan.
Experts from the UN OHCHR shared their experiences and knowledge, as well as methodological materials have been presented in the field of human rights. The head of the Department for Social and Sustainable Development, Khabibulla Murodkhujaev, addressed the seminar from the State Statistics Committee. In his presentation, he spoke about the work done in the SDGs sphere in Uzbekistan.
Along with this, representatives of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Office of the Ombudsman for Human Rights of the Oliy Majlis, the Scientific and Practical Research Center “Oila”, the Ministry of Education, the UN and civil society institutions.
During the seminar, were held question and answer sessions, group discussions on human rights. The experience gained will help eliminate the problems associated with the definition of the methodology for the formation of SDG indicators in the field of human rights and will further ensure the implementation of the goals and objectives adopted by the Government.