UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged countries to fund a new initiative designed to reduce vulnerability, advance sustainable development and create decent living conditions for millions of people living around the Aral Sea, whose basin encompasses Uzbekistan, and six other countries in Central Asia.
Rule of law and access to justice play an important role in development, a senior UN official has said.
Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme, made the remarks during her visit to Uzbekistan.
She also visited an earthquake simulation complex in the capital city of Tashkent, which raises awareness on the central Asian nation’s vulnerability to seismic events.
Two major World Heritage sites in the ancient cities of Khiva and Bukhara were also part of her visit.
Young people in Uzbekistan have been challenged by the United Nations to come up with ways of promoting volunteerism through social media.
Part of the challenge is to create a one minute long video clip which will attract young people to volunteer for their communities.
Nigina Mirbabaeva has been speaking to the UN Development Programme's Bokhodir Ayupov, who manages the Social Innovation and Volunteerism project.
She began by asking him to share some of the most exciting success stories.