Community Empowerment towards Sustainable Rural Development in the Aral Sea Region

Apr 22, 2019

(The Case of Karakalpakstan)

As a result of the Aral Sea environmental disaster, Karakalpakstan faces devastating human insecurities. To reduce the destructive impact of the Aral Sea crisis, the Government of Uzbekistan, the UN system, bilateral and multilateral donors and many others have been raising awareness of this issue, and seeking to mitigate the human, ecological and economic impacts in the region.

As part of these efforts, in 2012 the UN Trust Fund for Human Security supported the first comprehensive and integrated UN Joint Programme to improve livelihoods, strengthen community development, and mitigate health and environmental risks in Karakalpakstan. The Programme underscored the importance of a multidimensional approach to addressing interconnected challenges and building the resilience of Karakalpakstan’s rural communities.

Building on the successes and lessons learned from the first UN Joint Programme, UN agencies in Uzbekistan have worked together with the Government to implement the second phase of the UN Joint Programme ‘Building the Resilience of Communities Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster Through a Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund’.

This publication provides information about the Programme’s approach to community empowerment, through the operationalization of Sustainable Development Goals, and through implementing the human security approach.

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