Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator & UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the CIS visited TajikistanJun 14, 2016
Dushanbe, June 12-14, 2016
Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, visited Tajikistan from 12 to 14 June. During her visit Ms. Sultanoğlu, together with H.E. Sirojiddin Aslov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, opened the High-Level Experts Meeting on Finding Development Solutions to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and the UN Information Resource Center in the Tajik–Russian Slavonic University in Dushanbe. She also met with high-level government officials H.E. Mr. Qohir Rasulzoda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E. Sirojiddin Aslov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, and H.E. Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
The high-level meeting on preventing violent extremism aims to advance understanding of, and effective preventative measures against, radicalization that leads to violent extremism in the region and beyond. The meeting’s focus was on highlighting practical, context-specific initiatives, which balance human rights, development and security considerations. In her statement, Ms. Sultanoğlu underlined the critical importance of prevention of violent extremism through different strands of development work covering a wide range of support, from the institutionalization of the rule of law and human rights-based approaches to the provision of socio-economic alternatives for groups at risk.
In her meetings with high-level government officials, Ms. Sultanoğlu reconfirmed UNDP’s commitment to support the alignment of the global Sustainable Development Agenda with the national development strategies and plans.
Ms. Sultanoğlu also visited the “trust point and drop-in center” for people who inject drugs, operated by the Public Organization Spin Plus in Dushanbe, the winner of the 2010 Red Ribbon award.
Ms. Sultanoğlu completed her mission by attending the opening of the new UN Information Resource Center in the Tajik–Russian Slavonic University in Dushanbe. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Government of Tajikistan, UN Agencies in Tajikistan, the diplomatic corps, civil society, young people and the media. As noted by Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu: "This unique center will be a useful platform for all residents who are interested in the United Nations, especially school children, students, journalists, experts and scientists."
Mr. Safarbek Soliev, External Relations Advisor of the United Nations Development Programme
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