The German EU Presidency in the first half of 2007 has been used to provide impetus for more intensive cooperation between the European Union and Central Asia. Our goal is that, by the end of our Presidency, political guidelines for closer cooperation between the EU and Central Asia in the form of an EU strategy for Central Asia will be adopted by the European Council in June 2007.
The document directed to render help to young families at entering an independent life, creation of stable sources of incomes, improvements of housing and conditions of life.
On 24-26 May, the "Role of the city of Samarkand in history of the world cultural development" international symposium took place in Samarkand. For over the three days over 30 researchers, historians and scholars from 16 countries around the world along with their Uzbek counterparts have discussed various aspects of history and modern life of the ancient city.
The Brussels City Municipality hosted an event dedicated to the 15th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Belgium [on 23 May], Jahon news agency of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported.
The Committee on science, education, culture and sports of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan held a session to review implementation of the Law "On protection and use of the cultural heritage sites" and the Law"On procedures of taking in and out the cultural values" in Khorezm region.
Key development objective of Uzbekistan for long and mid term perspective is acceleration of economic growth with simultaneous maximization of benefits for the poor and socially vulnerable groups of population. Acknowledging the importance of this task, the Government of Uzbekistan initiated a process of mid-term Welfare Improvement Strategy (for 2007-2010) formulation in Uzbekistan in March 2006.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) opened in Bishkek on 29 May a regional meeting aimed at exploring better ways of delivering development assistance to the five countries of Central Asia.
In full partnership with the Government, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the UN family in Uzbekistan is focusing its efforts on the formulation and implementation of the Welfare Improvement Strategy, which is the national version of the PRSP (Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper).