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Climate change for Uzbekistan is expected to increase average temperatures and further reduce the availability and accessibility of water supplies. Waterborne diseases and health issues will become compounded with the debris from dust storms that affect 5.5 million people.1 The UNDP is partnering with Uzbekistan to improve upon the disaster recovery infrastructures and institutions. The country is very vulnerable to earthquakes and is need of preventive measures to decrease the effect on the population.2 Over 65% of Uzbekistan's population live in areas at high risk of natural disasters, particularly earthquakes.3

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1 http://www.who.int/globalchange/projects/adaptation/en/index7.html
2http://www.uz.undp.org/content/uzbekistan/en/home/operations/projects/environment_and_energy/strengthening-disaster-risk-management-capacities-in-uzbekistan.html
3 Ibid
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Uzbekistan News

gulfnews.com 
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently led a delegation of UAE business leaders to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to explore trade and investment opportunities within the country's agricultural sector. During the visit, delegates met with ... See more..
Insidethegames.biz 
Boxers from across Asia will be getting in the ring tomorrow in Tashkent as they search for qualification to the World Championships later this year. See more..
MENAFN.COM 
During the meeting, the sides discussed the current state and prospects of development of cooperation between #Uzbekistan and the EU in political, trade and economic, investmentand financial, and technical areas, as well as special regional issues, and ... See more..
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EurasiaNet 
In advance of the May 9 holidays to mark victory in World War II, the Russian Embassy in Uzbekistan is getting busy distributing St. George remembrance ribbons to the public. In the first few days of May, anybody wishing to do so can drop in on the ... See more..
Times of Central Asia (subscription) 
TASHKENT (TCA) — On 26-28 April, a mission of EU officials paid an official visit to Uzbekistan. They held talks with central government officials in Tashkent ... See more..
Yeni Şafak English 
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu says in Uzbek capital: Turkey hopes to enhance relations based on mutual respect and equality. See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
TASHKENT (Reuters) - France and Uzbekistan need to strengthen security cooperation in order to combat jihadist groups and prevent violent attacks, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told Reuters on Saturday during a visit to the Central Asian ... See more..
AzerNews 
Special attention was paid to the expansion of mutually beneficial economic and investment cooperation, practical implementation of projects on modernization of tourism infrastructure in Uzbekistan with the participation of leading Turkish companies ... See more..
The Diplomat 
By all indications, the first four months of Shavkat Mirziyoyev's tenure as Uzbekistan's head have seen the new leader place his own stamp on the presidency. See more..
Trend News Agency 
Rhythmic gymnastics gives incredible emotions, Uzbekistan's athlete Anastasiya Serdyukova, who is taking part in the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, told reporters in Baku. “I like to perform,” she noted adding that it's an incredible feeling. The ... See more..
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Geography

Central Asia, north of Turkmenistan, south of Kazakhstan
Area

Total 447,400 sq km
Land 425,400 sq km
Water 22,000 sq km

Climate

mostly midlatitude desert, long, hot summers, mild winters; semiarid grassland in east
Natural Resources

natural gas, petroleum, coal, gold, uranium, silver, copper, lead and zinc, tungsten, molybdenum ;
Natural Hazards

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Current Environmental Issues

shrinkage of the Aral Sea has resulted in growing concentrations of chemical pesticides and natural salts; these substances are then blown from the increasingly exposed lake bed and contribute to desertification and respiratory health problems; water pollution from industrial wastes and the heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides is the cause of many human health disorders; increasing soil salination; soil contamination from buried nuclear processing and agricultural chemicals, including DDT

Demographics

Nationality
Uzbekistani
Population
28,661,637 (July 2013 est.)
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Uzbekistan is a dry, landlocked country; 11% of the land is intensely cultivated, in irrigated river valleys. More than 60% of the population lives in densely populated rural communities. Export of hydrocarbons, primarily natural gas, provided 18.5% of foreign exchange earnings in 2011 and 35.1% in the first nine months of 2012. Other major export earners include gold and cotton. Despite ongoing efforts to diversify crops, Uzbekistani agriculture remains largely centered around cotton, although production has dropped by 35% since 1991. Uzbekistan is now the world's fifth largest cotton exporter and sixth largest producer. The country is aggressively addressing international ...See More criticism for the use of child labor in its cotton harvest. Following independence in September 1991, the government sought to prop up its Soviet-style command economy with subsidies and tight controls on production and prices. While aware of the need to improve the investment climate, the government still sponsors measures that often increase, not decrease, its control over business decisions. A sharp increase in the inequality of income distribution has hurt the lower ranks of society since independence. In 2003, the government accepted Article VIII obligations under the IMF, providing for full currency convertibility. However, strict currency controls and tightening of borders have lessened the effects of convertibility and have also led to some shortages that have further stifled economic activity. The Central Bank often delays or restricts convertibility, especially for consumer goods. According to official statistics, Uzbekistan has posted GDP growth of over 8% per year for several years, driven primarily by state-led investments and a favorable export environment. Growth may slip in 2013 as a result of lower export prices due to the continuing European recession. In the past Uzbekistani authorities have accused US and other foreign companies operating in Uzbekistan of violating Uzbekistani tax laws and have frozen their assets, with several new expropriations in 2012. At the same time, the Uzbekistani Government has actively courted several major US and international corporations, offering attractive financing and tax advantages, and has landed a significant US investment in the automotive industry, including the opening of a powertrain manufacturing facility in Tashkent in November 2011. Uzbekistan has seen few effects from the global economic downturn, primarily due to its relative isolation from the global financial markets. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$106.4 billion (2012 est.); $98.54 billion (2011 est.); $90.98 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, vegetables, fruits, grain; livestock
Industries

textiles, food processing, machine building, metallurgy, mining, hydrocarbon extraction, chemicals