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May 15, 2014

Millennium Development Goals in Action

The Committee for Information and Communication Technologies of the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis has hosted a meeting to address the role of information sphere in furthering the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Chairman of the lower house Committee for Information and Communication Technologies of the Oliy Majlis Abdurashid Jurabaev, Chairman of the Committee for Democratic Institutions, Nongovernmental Organizations and Citizens’ Self-Government Bodies Akmal Saidov and other speakers stressed that consistent efforts are undertaken in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The approval of a complex of additional measures to execute the MDG in Uzbekistan during 2011-2015 facilitates the further expansion of the scale of works on this front.

In order to implement this development strategy, the resolution of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis was adopted 9 September 2010, as was the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan on 26 January 2011. The meeting participants were presented an information report on the progress in the realization of tasks outlined in abovementioned resolutions. It expounded on the achievements being made in education, healthcare, environmental protection, the development of information technologies.

Modern information technologies are used extensively in Uzbekistan’s education system. Education institutions are provided with electronic textbooks and methodological guides. In addition, necessary measures are taken to raise the environmental and medical culture, combat the spread of infectious diseases. Particular emphasis is placed on the extensive coverage of these endeavors in mass media and propaganda and explanatory works to boost the vigilance of the population. To this end, 1,448 television and 4,386 radio shows were aired in 2013, and in excess of 2,650 articles were published in the press. More than 30 websites operate to address environmental security and the improvement of ecological situation. Interactive education programs are being instituted, various literature, brochures and banners are printed to present to the wide segment of the population.

It was noted at the meeting that it is essential to bolster the quality of education by a more effective use of modern information and communication technologies, the media coverage of achievements being made in Uzbekistan to further the Millennium Development Goals, the extensive engagement of civil society institutions in this process.

The meeting included an exchange of views in the further development of mutual cooperation among the government and management bodies, civil society institutions, those in the sphere of information technologies and the mass media in the implementation of UN MDGs.