To the participants of the Samarkand Forum on Human Rights “Youth 2020:
Global Solidarity, Sustainable Development and Human Rights”
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To the participants
of the Samarkand Forum on Human Rights
“Youth 2020: Global Solidarity, Sustainable Development
and Human Rights”
Dear participants of the Forum!
It accords me a profound great pleasure to welcome all of you, the
participants of Samarkand Forum on Human rights “Youth 2020: global
solidarity, sustainable development and human rights”. I cordially
congratulate you from the bottom of my heart on the International Youth Day.
I am sincerely grateful to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for
supporting the initiative to hold this Forum.
I am also thankful to the representatives of the United Nations, UNESCO,
International Labor Organization, International Migration Organization,
Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Commonwealth of Independent
States, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other partners for their
participation in this Forum.
As we know, the young people with a vision to future are generators of new
ideas and creative solutions to make our planet a more peaceful and
The UN Youth Strategy emphasizes that “the young people represent the most
valuable and extremely important resource which is worth investing in, as
the investment will be repaid manifold in the future”. I fully agree with
this key provision.
Since the beginning of the year, the COVID-19 has become a central issue on
the global agenda. The emergence of a new type of coronavirus has had
serious economic and social consequences throughout the world. The people,
particularly the youth, have faced many challenges that require
comprehensive responses from the states and the international community.
In these circumstances, the youth voice must be heard. It must be enabled
the direct participation in the formulation and implementation of national,
regional and global policies and programs aimed to meet their basic needs,
protect their rights and legitimate interests.
It is noteworthy that, in today’s difficult situation, the young people meet
the challenges, including the pandemic, with their promising initiatives and
social projects. Young volunteers around the world are actively involved in
supporting vulnerable population and promoting new economic and humanitarian
Dear participants of the Forum!
In the modern world intellectually and spiritually developed, proactive
young people are becoming the drivers of sustainable progress. Today, new
Uzbekistan’s young generation is a driving force and an active participant
in dynamic and large-scale reforms to modernize the country.
In Uzbekistan, young people make up more than half of the country’s
population and safeguarding their rights, freedom and legitimate interests
is the priority of state policy.
During recent years, many laws, resolutions, Presidential decrees and
government decisions have been adopted, the aim of which the comprehensive
support and harmonious development of the young generation. So, every youth
can take his or her place in society.
The Youth Parliament, Agency on Youth Affairs and Interdepartmental Youth
Council were established at the Chambers of Oliy Majlis.
At present, the “Youth of Uzbekistan 2025” Concept is being developed. The
common criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of work with young people
and a national index for evaluating youth policy are being introduced.
Most of the challenges faced by humanity today, such as peace and security
threats, terrorism and extremism, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic
require concerted global action and active involvement of youth in the
In this regard, the adoption of the Convention on Youth Rights initiated by
Uzbekistan at the UN 72nd session will be important to ensure the rights of
more than two billion young people around the world, will serve to enhance
multilateral cooperation for education, social support for the young
generation, protecting its interests and creating self-realization
conditions. The initiative is widely supported by international community.
I am sure that the participants of today’s Forum will also support this
initiative and complement the draft document with constructive proposals.
I hope the current Samarkand International Youth Forum will become another
important practical step and significant contribution of the young
generation to global solidarity, sustainable development and ensuring human
rights for peace and prosperity.
I wish all participants of the Forum a productive work.
Tashkent, August 12, 2020