Distinguished Mr. President,
Distinguished Ms. UNDP Administrator,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great honor to join the cordial congratulations and wishes of the previous speakers extended on the occasion of the 50-th anniversary of the establishment of UNDP, the key UN agency for advancement of the agenda for development.
Today, I would like to note with great satisfaction our cooperation with UNDP, which started in 1993 with signing of the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and UNDP. In those years we were facing the challenges of a transitional period that were aggravated by the civil conflict. For this reason, at the initial stage our cooperation with UNDP and other UN agencies mainly focused on restoration of stability in the country, on rendering humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people and bringing refugees back to the country. Thanks to the overall support of the UN and its agencies, first of all the UNDP, we were able to overcome this hard period in the history of our country and embark on the road of democratic development.
The constructive period of our cooperation began in early 2000s that coincided with the adoption of the UN Millennium Declaration. We closely cooperated with UNDP and other UN agencies on achievement of MDGs, rehabilitation and reinforcement of infrastructure, social sector, national development capacity, poverty reduction, and elimination of effects of natural disasters. Over this period, the UNDP and other UN agencies involved in our efforts in building up our national capacity in combating terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, human trafficking, corruption and transnational organized crime. The foundation for a long-term development laid down with the UNDP assistance contributed to the engagement of the country into international processes of interaction on a broad range of items on the agenda for development and other related issues.
The Tajikistan Drug Control Agency established by the initiative of the UNODC and with the support of UNDP continues to play the key role in the struggle against illicit drug trafficking.
In cooperation with the UNDP, Tajikistan as a pilot country for MDGs implementation developed its National Development strategy and presented it in the UN Headquarters. We have enjoyed very good cooperation in development and monitoring of MDGs implementation in our country.
Taking into account the lessons learned and experience gained during the implementation of the MDGs, we have the intention to establish a national mechanism for the implementation and survey of SDGs in order to ensure a smooth transition toward the implementation of a new plan of action.
In conclusion, I would like to note that it is quite obvious that the road towards sustainable development, on which we have just embarked, is not going to be easy or simple. That is why it is important to retain our collective resoluteness to go to the end and render support to those countries that are facing the utmost challenges. It also needs to be taken into account that a number of developing countries start implementing the new plan of action on sustainable development from the least advantageous points. In this regard, there is still a need to render comprehensive assistance to the group of countries that find themselves in a special situation.
Thank you for attention.