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Aral Sea region gets international help

Tashkent hosted the first council meeting of the Board of the Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region.

Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region has been launched in UN headquarters in New York with participation of UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres on November 27, 2018. It is aimed to create an integrated platform for international cooperation and financial and technical support for mitigation of Aral Sea environmental catastrophe. The Fund will work until 2023.   

During the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the State Investment Committee Sukhrob Kholmurodov and UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan Helena Fraser were named the Co-Chairmen of the Fund.

 It is planned to allocate  123.2 million USD to reduce unemployment, improve social and environmental conditions in the area of disaster with population of more than 2 million people.    

According to S.Kholmurodov, Uzbekistan acts as the first donor of the Trust Fund, organized under the auspices of the UN. Norway and Japan also expressed their desire to become donors. Currently, work is underway on expanding the ranks of donors. In particular, over 80 applications for financial resources of various countries were sent.

State Investment Committee has also developed 16 projects worth 60 million USD to be realized within the Fund’s framework.

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