Trainings on application of Human Security Concept

Aug 19, 2017

On 17-18 August 2017, Nukus hosted a two-day training for 48 representatives of governmental bodies of the Republic of Karakalpakstan - specialists of local ministries, district khokimiyats and public organizations of Karakalpakstan. The trainings aimed at  enhancing professional skills of specialists involved in socio-economic development of the region with focus on application of the principles of the Human Security Concept.

United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan has been supporting the Government of Uzbekistan in further improving the effectiveness of the local governance, improving the performance of local authorities, enhancing their accountability and transparency as well as promoting public participation in local governance. In the context of the Aral Sea region, given the existing climate conditions and the impact of the Aral Sea disaster on the well-being of the local population, particular attention is paid to integration of the Human Security Concept into this process to ensure economic and food security, improvement of education and healthcare systems, as well as enhance environmental protection.

During her presentation on the UN Human Security Concept, Muattara Rahimova, lecturer of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan noted that the Concept is aimed at creation of social, ecological, economic and cultural systems that are to provide people with necessary conditions for their livelihoods, as well as development and self-realization.

The trainings were organized by the UN Joint Programme  “Building the resilience of communities affected by the Aral Sea disaster  through a Multi-Partner Human Security Fund for the Aral Sea” in collaboration with the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The training participants discussed the issues related to formulation and implementation of regional development strategies, introduction of the principles and requirements of Human Security Concept in such processes, as well as the advantages of applying this concept in the context of the Aral Sea region.  Discussions will also touch upon the budgeting of regional development programmes. Special attention was given to full-fledged participation of both women and men in implementation of regional development programmes on the ground. 

- I have got positive impressions and learned a lot of interesting and useful facts during these trainings. A special emphasis of this event was placed on the Human Security Concept; such approach is of a great significance for the population living in the region, suffering from the climate change because of the Aral Sea disaster. I think, that the Human Security approach in rework of the local development plans will serve to increase opportunities of the rural population, improve the social and economic situation and accelerate the pace of development in the most remote areas of our region, - said Feruza Khojamuratova, chief specialist of the Social Development Department of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic Karakalpakstan.

These trainings and other events envisaged by UN Joint Programme, aim to provide comprehensive support to the development of  the Aral Sea region including, among others, through possible adoption of the Human Security Concept as a conceptual basis for drafting and implementation of the Road Map for development of the Aral Sea region.

- Besides, interactive method used during the training to map the Sustainable Development Goals together with the aspects of the Human Security Concept in the region enabled participants to consolidate the skills explained by the leading experts and specialists by exact examples on the implementation of this concept and its sustainable benefits. In addition, issues covering the rework of the development strategy and the role of women in development gave us a strong impetus for our day-to-day work, held to identify needs and opportunities between different segments of the population, - noted Khojamuratova.     

In accordance with the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), the Concept of Human Security implies establishment of efficient governance system, improvement of economic situation, development of education and healthcare systems, as well as environmental protection. This approach allows to create a link between various types of human activity in such sectors as economy, social sphere, policy, ecological as well as healthcare to consistently overcome complex and yet interconnected development issues. The implementation of this approach plays an important role in the Aral Sea region, where the negative impact of the ecological crisis is felt in many aspects of the local population’s life.