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CENTRAL ASIA: UN calls for special envoy to the region

BISHKEK, 8 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - In a new report published this week, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for the creation of the post of Secretary-Generalís Special Envoy for Central Asia in an effort to boost regional cooperation and reduce poverty in the region.Full report

CENTRAL ASIA: Asian Development Bank to boost regional cooperation

ANKARA, 25 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday it has allocated US $952 million to supporting regional cooperation in Central Asia over the next three years. The Manila-based ADB said the package was part of an updated strategy for its Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) programme. Full report

TAJIKISTAN: Exhibition highlights UNís work

DUSHANBE, 24 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - A photo exhibition highlighting United Nations activities in Tajikistan is under way in the capital, Dushanbe, as the world organisation marked its 60th anniversary on Monday.Full report

PAKISTAN: Water shortage demands urgent attention

ISLAMABAD, 7 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Despite a normal wet season over the summer months, Pakistan faces a possible 17 percent water shortage during the upcoming cropping season from October to March next year, the countryís leading water regulatory authority has announced.Full report

PAKISTAN: Lack of status contributing to poverty in northern areas

ISLAMABAD, 9 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Pakistan's leading independent rights body expressed grave concern this week over the poor humanitarian situation across remote parts of northern Pakistan. Full report

IRAN: UNDP to tackle depletion of land and water resources

TEHRAN, 29 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - The Iranian government has recently signed a project with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help it tackle the depletion of land and water resources by adopting community-based methods.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Interview with rural development minister

KABUL, 4 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Most of rural Afghanistan continues to suffer from food insecurity and a lack of government input. In an exclusive interview with IRIN, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, said that despite billions of dollars worth of reconstruction over three years, rural areas continue to face huge challenges.Full report

TAJIKISTAN: Poverty reduction initiative announced

DUSHANBE, 26 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - A new initiative to reduce poverty in Tajikistan was announced on Sunday by President Emomali Rakhmonov, the day one day before National Reconciliation and Consent Day, a public holiday marking the end of the civil war that ravaged the former Soviet republic between 1992 and 1997. Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Locust invasion causes havoc in the south

KASHKADARYA, 23 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Locusts are causing havoc in the southern Uzbek province of Kashkadarya, where farmers and local authorities they have been unsuccessfully fighting the harmful insects since April, while they have destroying large swathes of cotton and grain crops.Full report

PAKISTAN: Landslide risk high in northern areas

ISLAMABAD, 3 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Pakistan's northern parts are under high risk of landsliding and flash floods as the temperature would rise in the coming days of June. The areas have received 30 percent to 40 percent above normal winter rains and snowfall earlier this year, according to meteorologists. Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Environment

AFGHANISTAN: Interview with rural development minister

PAKISTAN: Focus on the slow death of the River Ravi

UZBEKISTAN: Focus on cancer prevalence in the Ferghana Valley

KAZAKHSTAN: Interview with UN Resident Coordinator, Yuriko Shoji

TAJIKISTAN: Focus on rural drinking water

Related Internet Links

Afghanistan Online

The ICRC in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghanistan Information Management Service

Conflict Prevention Initiative portal on Central Asia

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