Uzbekistan, with its population exceeding 30 million, is the most populous country in Central Asia. The country’s population is predominantly young, with children younger than age 15 comprising about 40% of the population, and youth under the age 24 accounting for nearly two-thirds. The government makes significant efforts in advancing reproductive and maternal health, improving access to information and services related to family planning and ensuring youth-friendly health services.

UNFPA has established its Country Office in Uzbekistan in 1993. Relationship between the Fund and the Government of Uzbekistan is governed by the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) of the Government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the document stipulating basic conditions under which Agencies shall support the Government in carrying out its development projects.

Currently, UNFPA implements its third Country Programme in Uzbekistan, for the period of 2010-2015. Under this strategic plan, UNFPA continues to focus on:

  • advancing national capacities in using population data for development programmes;
  • promoting reproductive health and rights, including access of young people to information of reproductive health;
  • ensuring full implementation of women and men’s rights, opportunities and responsibilities.