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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

The Diplomat 
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have not always been the best of brothers. Nazarbayev, a long-time proponent of regional integration initiatives, never quite found a receptive partner in Uzbekistan's first president, Islam Karimov. Karimov guarded Uzbekistan ... See more..
FreshPlaza 
In 2017, Uzbekistan intends to increase their export of fruit and vegetable products to Kazakhstan to 560,000 tonnes, worth about 410 million US dollars, as reported to Gazeta.uz by the press service of the holding company "Uzbekzokovaktovholding". See more..
Times of Central Asia (subscription) 
TASHKENT (TCA) — Germany welcomes the steps of the new leadership of Uzbekistan to augment the openness of the economy and expand cooperation with neighboring countries, said Ambassador of Germany to Uzbekistan Neithart Hofer-Wissing, ... See more..
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These Football Times (registration) (blog) 
Ask a knowledgeable football expert about the powerhouses of Asian football and the answers would be familiar: Australia, South Korea, Iran and Japan. Uzbekistan may not be on that list, but its history and potential is just as compelling as any of the ... See more..
Reuters 
AMSTERDAM ING (INGA.AS) is facing a criminal investigation by Dutch prosecutors into its role in money laundering and corruption in Uzbekistan that could result in significant fines, a spokeswoman for the Dutch prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. See more..
Ministry of External Affairs (press release) 
The 13th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Uzbekistan were held in New Delhi on March 23, 2017. The Indian side was led by Smt. See more..
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty 
Uzbek rights activist Yelena Urlaeva was taken into custody on March 1 and confined to a psychiatric hospital. Urlaeva "has an enormous amount of compassion ... See more..
AKIpress (press release) (subscription) 
"Representative of the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov will consider issues of economic cooperation, implementation of the projects in energy, transport, agricultural and humanitarian spheres," said ... See more..
Zim News .NET Zimbabwe 
Singapore: Zimbabwe boxing superstar Charles Manyuchi is fighting today(Saturday 25 March) against Qudratillo Xabibullo Ogli Abduqxarov of Uzbekistan in Singapore. 4th ranked Manyuchi is defending his WBC silver welterweight belt title that he won ... See more..
EurasiaNet 
The Mega Planet supermarket in Tashkent (pictured here in 2013) is a notorious hangout spot for illegal currency traders. Lately, authorities have embarked on yet another – possibly quixotic – drive to eliminate the currency black market. (Photo ... 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

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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