The United Nations is seeking to ensure that emergency aid, including winterized tents and reconstruction materials, reaches victims of last month’s earthquake in Tajikistan before the cold season starts.
Largely Muslim Tajikistan should take a balanced approach to religion, ensuring that legislation and policies respect the right to freedom of belief while also protecting the population, especially vulnerable individuals, from harassment by non-State entities in the name of religion, according to an independent United Nations rights expert.
With thousands of children returning to school in Tajikistan in the first week of September as usual, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that those living in areas hit by a recent earthquake will be able to learn despite the devastation wrought by the disaster.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the receipt of a pioneering contribution of $6 million worth of wheat from Russia to the agency’s relief and recovery operation in Tajikistan.
The mandate of the United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peacebuilding (UNTOP) has been extended until June of next year, in view of the pressing needs in the post-civil war Central Asian country, according to an exchange of letters between UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council.
More than two metres of snow have fallen in the eastern and southern parts of Tajikistan and at least 16 people have died in the heavy storms, prompting the Government to ask for United Nations assistance.
As concerns receded in Tajikistan over contamination of the country's water supply - which was polluted during floods last month - the Government has stopped trucking clean drinking water into the capital, prompting the UN to monitor the supply.
The United Nations is rushing relief funds to Tajikistan, where massive floods and landslides have polluted the water supply in the capital, Dushanbe, leaving an estimated 40,000 people without clean water and susceptible to disease.
The United Nations presence in Tajikistan is continuing to make an important contribution to that country’s post-conflict transition as it encourages the continuation of national dialogue and reconciliation and helps to bolster democratic institutions, the Secretary-General says as he seeks to extend the work of the UN Tajikistan Office of Peace-building (UNTOP) for another year, until 1 June 2005.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to continue for another year the activities of the United Nations office in Tajikistan in order to support the country's post-conflict peace-building efforts, particularly in light of the various problems that contribute to a "fragile political equilibrium."