IMPROVED LIVELIHOOD OF POPULATION IN RASHT VALLEYMay 25, 2016
Dushanbe, 25 May 2015. Five UN agencies have joined their efforts in improving livelihoods and social protection in Rasht Valley. The second Steering Committee meeting on Project “Empowering Rural Communities with Better Livelihood and Social Protection”, jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UN WFP, has been conducted today. The three-year Project is financed by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and five UN Agencies involved in project implementation.
The event was attended by the representatives of the Government of Tajikistan and Rasht valley authorities, UN Agencies and SDC, civil society organizations of Rasht valley.
Ms. Lucia Elmi, United Nations Children’s Fund Representative in Tajikistan, chaired the meeting. In her speech Ms. Elmi highlighted significant contribution of the Project in improvement of economic, food, environmental, health and personal security for the population of the Rasht Valley, which is in line with the national priorities reflected in the country development strategies and have a direct linkage with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Steering Committee members reviewed and discussed achieved results for the three years of the project implementation and noted good level of progress made by the implementing UN Agencies jointly with the government partners.
“Economic security issues become very important in all directions reflected in the new National Development Strategy 2016-2030 and the Med-term Development Program 2016-2020. Our next strategic goals should be directly related to energy, food and communication security” - stated Mr. Umed Davlatzod, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Republic of Tajikistan.
Participants emphasized the importance and significance of ‘Delivering as One UN’ approach since the human security challenges of Rasht valley are multifaceted, and it is widely recognized that joint efforts of different development partners are much more effective to address all these challenges.
Cooperation of implementing UN Agencies and national counterparts within the Project contributed to addressing such challenges as unemployment, impact of climate change and disaster to population in Rasht valley, through improving food and economic, environmental, health and personal security, reducing the vulnerability of communities to natural disasters, strengthening land management practices, improved access to water, irrigation, pasture lands and energy.
Mr. Nozirjon Solijonov, Project Manager by email at email@example.com