UN Priorities in Uzbekistan in 2013. UN Volunteers
Santeri Eriksson, UNV Programme Officer spoke to the UN Information Office about the organization`s two main projects for this year.
For the start, Santeri Eriksson spoke about the “Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster”Joint Programme implemented jointly five UN Agencies in Uzbekistan. Thanks to the UNV more than 1500 community volunteers of Karakalpakstan carry out awareness raising campaigns to better inform the nation on tuberculosis and others preventable diseases. Volunteers talk to communities about the advantages of modern diagnostics and treatment methods that help to prevent infections from spreading.
Mr.Ericsson also noted that the UN Volunteers are very excited about this year’s opportunities created for the Uzbek youth within the Mini-Grants Programme. Carried out by UNV in partnership with the UNDP’s “Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan” project, the programme offers funding of up to 2 000 000 UZS as a mini-grant to young people aged16 to 25 to implement a development initiative in their neighbourhoods. UNV`s Facebook page has more information on the Grants.