Dr Jetn Sirathranont, member of the Senate of Thailand and AFPPD Secretary-Basic addresses the convention on Worldwide Convention on Demographic Resilience in Uzbekistan. Credit score: UNFPA Uzbekistan
  • by Cecilia Russell (johannesburg & tashkent)
  • Inter Press Service

The Chairperson of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan outlined a few of the key points Uzbekistan confronted, together with enhancing and selling applications for wholesome dwelling, creating inclusive and respectable jobs, making certain equal entry to training for all, and persevering with to cut back maternal and youngster mortality charges.

Legislators from Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Tajikistan, and Thailand attended the Worldwide Convention on Demographic Resilience in Uzbekistan with help from the Asian Discussion board of Parliamentarians on Inhabitants and Growth (AFPPD). The discussions over the course of two days included discussions on demographic resilience, labor markets, training, and wholesome ageing.

“It’s exactly by means of conferences reminiscent of this that AFPPD fosters dialogue and cooperation amongst legislators and gives a stage to carry collectively parliamentarians from throughout Asia, providing them a chance to collaborate and advocate for insurance policies that promote sustainable improvement with emphasis on accountable and responsive demographic insurance policies and a human rights-based method to lawmaking,” Edcel C. Lagman, Appearing Chairperson of the AFPPD, stated in his opening deal with.

Lagman spoke of the importance of holding the convention in Uzbekistan.

“Central Asia is actually on the coronary heart of the world. The Silk Street didn’t solely support in transporting items and merchandise throughout historical occasions; it was a key artery by means of which concepts and innovation flowed and reached far-flung corners of the world and thus influenced the rise and fall of empires and the expansion of civilizations,” Lagman stated.

“Central Asia remains to be probably the most multi-cultural areas worldwide, at the same time as its present demographic profile is taken into account by the Eurasian Analysis Institute to be “very favorable for financial progress throughout the subsequent three many years.” All of us have a lot to be taught from this various and dynamic area, significantly from our member nations, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.”

Zulaykho Makhkamova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, expanded on a nationwide programme operating since 2022 on ladies’s empowerment, together with providing financial, enterprise, and job alternatives.

“We’re reaching out to our ladies within the remotest areas of Uzbekistan and providing them entry to raised training … to advertise and encourage demographic resilience.”

Makhkamova advised the convention that the nation was additionally cooperating with the WHO and implementing finest medical practices.

She harassed the significance of evidence-based planning, and with the UNFPA’s help, the nation took a proactive stance.

“We all know that our inhabitants is rising in a short time,” and subsequently, social and financial indicators had been essential to understanding the dynamics of the nation.

The nation’s president had taken a transparent stance on mom and youngster safety, gender equality help, and the enlargement of financial alternatives for ladies, she famous.

Planning for wholesome ageing and a dignified loss of life began earlier than delivery when dad and mom deliberate their being pregnant and continued with correct care and diet in infancy, training and coaching in youth, high quality work in maturity, and take care of the ageing inhabitants, stated Dr Jetn Sirathranont, member of the Senate of Thailand and AFPPD Secretary-Basic.

Dr Yongjie Yon, Technical Officer on Ageing and Well being, WHO Regional Workplace for Europe, who moderated a session on the Decade of Wholesome and Energetic Longevity in Uzbekistan, put it succinctly: “We live longer than ever earlier than. That is the trigger for larger celebration and is a testomony to our public well being system.”

Elmira Basitkhanova, Deputy Minister of Well being of the Republic of Uzbekistan, spoke about well being initiatives in Uzbekistan, together with conducting preventive medical examinations for 4.6 million folks 55 years of age and older and selling more healthy existence. This is only one of a number of interventions.

Delegates had been reminded by Lisa Warth, Chief of the Inhabitants Unit, United Nations Financial Fee for Europe (UNECE), that “there are 11 million older folks dwelling in Uzbekistan in the present day. In 2070, this shall be 5 million extra… And these are the very younger youth college students in the present day that we’re investing of their training. So it’s actually about beginning to lay the muse for his or her wholesome ageing.”

The important thing to this was well being, but additionally a “crosscutting inter-departmental method taking a look at training, employment, city planning, intergenerational relations, and gender relations” relating to policymaking.

Throughout their displays, the representatives of Indonesia, Sri Wulan Jasmin, shared his nation’s expertise in addressing demographic resilience, and Surayyo Dustmurodzoda from Tajikistan shared their views on youth and labor coverage, whereas each made particular suggestions for Uzbekistan.

“AFPPD will proceed delegating members and contributing to related regional and world occasions sooner or later with the platform supplied for parliamentarians and policymakers to share information, experiences, and finest practices,” stated Dr Usmonov Farrukh, interim Government Director of AFPPD.

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