During his visit to the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan in June 2017, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the socio-environmental disaster as one of “the biggest ecological catastrophes of our time”. Capitalizing on the successes and lessons learned from previous human security programmes, the Governments of Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Uzbekistan have joined together with the UN Human Security Unit, the UN Country Team in Uzbekistan, and the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office to organize a High-Level Event on 27 November 2018.
The Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region: Advancing Regional and International Cooperation Towards Comprehensive Strategies in Support of Sustainable Development
The event aims to galvanize support towards collective action for reducing vulnerability and advancing sustainable development in the Aral Sea region through the Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund.
When: 27 November 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Where: Conference Room 4, UNHQ.
For more info, agenda and background, visit the event homepage.
Master of Ceremonies – Mr. Yukio Takasu, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Human Security
- Keynote address – Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Opening Remarks – H.E. Sukhrob Kholmuradov, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan
The Aral Sea Crisis and Efforts to Improve Human Security
- Advancing a more integrated, preventive and country-driven UN system towards the promise of the 2030 Agenda - by H.E. Knut Vollebaek, Chair of the UN Advisory Board on Human Security and former Foreign Minister of Norway
- The role of government and communities in addressing environmental degradation towards sustainable development - by Professor Michael Edelstein, Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies, Ramapo College
- ‘One UN’ responses and lessons on the value of the human security approach for advancing sustainable development in the context of environmental disasters - by Ms. Helena Fraser, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan
- Lessons from the Lake Chad Basin: Regional and international cooperation towards mitigating climate-induced crises - by H.E. Tijjani Muhammad Bande, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
- The importance and value of the human security approach in addressing complex and emerging challenges - by H.E. Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
- The Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region: Its vision and operations - by Ms. Henriette Keijzers, Deputy Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, UNDP
COMMENTS AND COMMITMENTS FROM THE FLOOR
- Closing remarks by Mr. Yukio Takasu, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Human Security