Dushanbe, Tajikistan - December 5, 2016. International Volunteer Day (IVD), celebrated worldwide on 5 December, was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 through Resolution 40/212 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteers. The day gives an opportunity to thank and celebrate the billion volunteers all over the world who are making peace and sustainable development a reality. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international level.
International Volunteer Day 2016
International Volunteer Day 2016

“Volunteering is not just noble, but necessary. Let us give a round of an applause for all volunteers who are working for improving lives of others, and encourage those to volunteer, who wish to help making the world a better place,” says UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan Pratibha Mehta.

(Dushanbe, 13 October 2016) – hundreds of urgent e-mails and rushed meetings later, humanitarian partners in Dushanbe lay down their numerous gadgets and conclude a two-day simulation exercise that tested their preparedness for emergencies.
SIMULATING EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE IN TAJIKISTAN FOR BETTER PREPAREDNESS
SIMULATING EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE IN TAJIKISTAN FOR BETTER PREPAREDNESS

(Dushanbe, 13 October 2016) – hundreds of urgent e-mails and rushed meetings later, humanitarian partners in Dushanbe lay down their numerous gadgets and conclude a two-day simulation exercise that tested their preparedness for emergencies.

On 2 – 3 November a Regional Workshop on Gender and Diversity in Mine Action is being held in Dushanbe city. This important event is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Tajikistan National Mine Action Center (TNMAC), in cooperation with the Geneva-based organization, Gender and Mine Action Programme, which trains and supports organizations in the integration of a gender and diversity perspective into mine action programmes.
Regional Workshop on “Gender and Diversity in Mine Action”
Regional Workshop on “Gender and Diversity in Mine Action”

On 2 – 3 November a Regional Workshop on Gender and Diversity in Mine Action is being held in Dushanbe city. This important event is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Tajikistan National Mine Action Center (TNMAC), in cooperation with the Geneva-based organization, Gender and Mine Action Programme, which trains and supports organizations in the integration of a gender and diversity perspective into mine action programmes. The aim of the regional workshop is to present good practices of gender and diversity mainstreaming in mine action and share concrete experiences between countries in the region.

On the 20th of October , was held International conference on “Promoting the Development of Renewable Energy Sources and Improvement of Energy Efficiency at the Community Level in Central Asia”, which is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan jointly with the United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistan in partnership with the Michigan State University, the Institute for Global Engagement and the Sistemavtomatika Company.
International Conference on “Promoting the Development of Renewable Energy Sources and Improvement of Energy Efficiency at the Community Level in Central Asia”
International Conference on “Promoting the Development of Renewable Energy Sources and Improvement of Energy Efficiency at the Community Level in Central Asia”

International Conference on “Promoting the Development of Renewable Energy Sources and Improvement of Energy Efficiency at the Community Level in Central Asia”

April 4, 2016  The Head of Isfara city Mr. Dilshod Rasulzoda Jabbori also hosted the UN PBSO and UN Tajikistan delegation. During the meeting participants discussed initiatives aimed at strengthening cross-border relations and further steps for developing close cooperation between local authorities and UN agencies in efforts to address the sources of tensions between border communities of Isfara district in Tajikistan and Batken district in Kyrgyzstan.  The mission then visited the border village of Somoniyon in Chorkuh municipality, which is adjacent to the Kyrgyz village of Koktash. Local residents, women and men, warmly welcomed the guests. During the conversation they highlighted the problems the community currently faces in its relations with its neighbors. They proposed projects aimed not only at resolving the existing problems but also contributing to the improvement of relations with their neighbors. The mission’s next meeting was with residents of Langari Bifotimai Zahro settlement of Chorkuh municipality. Residents gathered near a pump station which supplies irrigation water to their farmlands. Construction of the pump was supported by UNDP in 2015. This facility was built for the purposes of addressing the problem of water shortages and unauthorized access by the residents to a channel located in the territory of Kyrgyzstan. It is expected that UN agencies in Tajikistan will work on a number of similar initiatives in the framework of the current project supported by PBF/PBSO.
UN Peace Building Support Office (PBSO’s) Advisory Group and staff in Isfara district of Sugd
UN Peace Building Support Office (PBSO’s) Advisory Group and staff in Isfara district of Sugd

April 4, 2016 The Head of Isfara city Mr. Dilshod Rasulzoda Jabbori also hosted the UN PBSO and UN Tajikistan delegation. During the meeting participants discussed initiatives aimed at strengthening cross-border relations and further steps for developing close cooperation between local authorities and UN agencies in efforts to address the sources of tensions between border communities of Isfara district in Tajikistan and Batken district in Kyrgyzstan. The mission then visited the border village of Somoniyon in Chorkuh municipality, which is adjacent to the Kyrgyz village of Koktash. Local residents, women and men, warmly welcomed the guests. During the conversation they highlighted the problems the community currently faces in its relations with its neighbors. They proposed projects aimed not only at resolving the existing problems but also contributing to the improvement of relations with their neighbors. The mission’s next meeting was with residents of Langari Bifotimai Zahro settlement of Chorkuh municipality. Residents gathered near a pump station which supplies irrigation water to their farmlands. Construction of the pump was supported by UNDP in 2015. This facility was built for the purposes of addressing the problem of water shortages and unauthorized access by the residents to a channel located in the territory of Kyrgyzstan. It is expected that UN agencies in Tajikistan will work on a number of similar initiatives in the framework of the current project supported by PBF/PBSO.