UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, was established on 16 November 1945. UNESCO contributes to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. 

UNESCO’s intervention in Uzbekistan is planned and managed by the UNESCO Office in Tashkent in close cooperation with the UNESCO Headquarters, regional offices in Bangkok, Jakarta and Almaty, and the National Commission for UNESCO in Uzbekistan. 

Uzbekistan joined the United Nations in 1992 as a new sovereign and independent state. The United Nations Office opened in Tashkent the following year. The United Nations “family” in Uzbekistan comprises the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Educational, Scientifi c and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA), International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Migration Agency (IOM) and UN Volunteers (UNV) administered by UNDP.

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The Fund named after Konrad Adenauer

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a private cultural non-profit institution, it is committed

to the ideas and basic values of social democracy.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany?s fi rst democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung sees its activities in the developing countries as a contribution to:

  • promoting peace and understanding between peoples and inside its partner countries,
  • supporting the democratization of the State and society and strengthening civil society,
  • improving general political, economic and social conditions,
  • reinforcing free trade unions,
  • developing independent media structures,
  • facilitating regional and worldwide cooperation between states and different interest groups and
  • gaining recognition for human rights.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) maintains its own representations n 70 countries of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. 70 German staff are posted in these countries at present and – with the assistance of numerous local staff – are engaged in projects in the fields of socio-political development and economic and social promotion.

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The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

In Uzbekistan, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements projects and programmes on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI). GIZ opened a country office in the capital Tashkent in 1992. Other project offices in Syrdarya, Jizzakh, Kashkadarya and Andijan regions as well as in Karakalpakstan are responsible for activities in the country’s rural areas.

Currently 31 national and four international employees and one integrated specialist are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018).

After gaining independence in 1991, Uzbekistan began to adapt its centrally planned economy to the new economic realities. Traditional trade links and production chains collapsed and new national borders cut across transport and trading routes, impeding access to energy and water resources which had previously been shared with other Central Asian states. As a newly independent state, Uzbekistan faces numerous social and economic challenges.

Within the framework of international cooperation, GIZ is supporting reforms in the economy, health and the protection of natural resources.  Health is a priority area of Germany’s cooperation with Uzbekistan.

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