President of Uzbekistan: Youth is a generator of new ideas
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev believes that young people looking to the future are a generator of new ideas and creative solutions aimed at making life on our planet even more prosperous and prosperous. These words were voiced in the Address to the participants of the Samarkand Web Forum on Human Rights, which opened on 12 August 2020.
The Chairwoman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbaeva read the message of the head of state at the Forum on the topic "Youth 2020: global solidarity, sustainable development and human rights".
In his message, Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed special gratitude to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for supporting the initiative to hold this Forum.
The President of Uzbekistan also thanked representatives of the United Nations, UNESCO, the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other partners for the participation in its work.
"The UN Youth Strategy emphasizes that young people are a valuable and critical resource worth investing in, as this investment will pay off many times over." I fully agree with this key provision,”the leader of Uzbekistan said in his message.
"Since the beginning of this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a global issue on the agenda." The spread of a new type of coronavirus has led to serious economic and social consequences around the world. The population, especially the youth, is faced with many problems that require a comprehensive response from states and the international community.
In such circumstances, it is important that the voice of young people is heard. It is necessary to give her the opportunity to directly participate in the development and implementation of national, regional and global strategies and programs aimed at meeting her urgent needs, protecting her rights and legitimate interests, the message of the President of Uzbekistan says.
The document emphasizes that "In Uzbekistan, where young people make up more than half of the population, ensuring their rights, freedoms and legitimate interests is a priority of state policy."
In connection with all of the above, “the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Youth, initiated by Uzbekistan at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, will be important to ensure the rights of more than two billion young men and women around the world, will serve to expand multilateral cooperation in order to educate, support the young generation, protecting its interests and creating conditions for self-realization. This initiative is widely supported by the international community,” the President’s message says.
He also expressed confidence that "the participants of today’s forum will also support this initiative, complement the draft document with their constructive initiatives."
At the opening of the Samarkand Forum, a video message from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to its participants was also sounded. The UN head expressed gratitude to the Government of Uzbekistan for organizing the Samarkand Forum on Human Rights and noted that it is being held on International Youth Day.
“The theme of the Forum“ Youth 2020: Global Solidarity, Sustainable Development and Human Rights ”is aimed at promoting wider participation of youth representatives in public life and decision-making processes,” said the UN Secretary General. “This is important to improve the fairness of political processes, create better and more sustainable policies, and restore youth trust in public institutions. In this regard, the United Nations supports the efforts of governments to develop youth policies that enable young people to participate independently in social and political decision-making and strategic development goals that include the interests of young people.”
The UN Secretary General stresses that "The actions of young people are a key factor in solving major global problems, such as the climate crisis, protection of human rights, prevention and resolution of conflicts."
António Guterres also expresses concern that the COVID-19 crisis has disrupted "the education of more than 90% of the world’s students, exacerbating existing inequalities and complicating the global learning crisis." However, he notes that "While education is an obvious victim of the pandemic, it is also becoming a solution for long-term recovery and sustainable development." In this regard, the Message contains a call to join the educational campaign “Save our future”.
“Looking ahead, let us be committed to protecting and promoting the rights and aspirations of all young people in the world,” the UN Secretary General said at the end of his address to the participants of the Samarkand Forum.
National key organizer of the Forum is the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, represented by the National Center for Human Rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Samarkand Forum is supported by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UNHCR Regional Office for Central Asia, the UN Country Team, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, the F. Ebert Foundation and other international partners.