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4 Apr 2019

The Government of Norway and the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in New York signed a Standard Agreement confirming a contribution of NOK 9.5 million (around $1.1 million) to the UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral region in Uzbekistan, the UN information service in Uzbekistan reported.

The drying up of the Aral Sea, which was the fourth largest lake in the world until the 1960s, is among the greatest human-made global environmental disasters. Its negative effects transcend national and regional boundaries.

The Trust Fund, which was established under the auspices of the United Nations in late 2018, provides a single platform for national and international cooperation to address the ecological and socio-economic needs of communities living in the Aral Sea region, as well as to accelerate joint efforts to achieve global Sustainable Development Goals.

To date, the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan has officially pledged $6.5 million contributions, of which $2.0 million has already been disbursed. Norway is now the first external donor to contribute to the Fund.

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