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Uzbek Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency, MURAD ASKAROV, Ph.D presents "Future Water Use, Sustainable Development and the Aral Sea Crisis: an Uzbek Perspective"

  • 15 Nov 2012
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Friends Hall (SC219)

Masters in Sustainability Studies, the Roukema Center, Model UN, the Culture Club and 1STEP

Welcome

Uzbek Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency

MURAD ASKAROV, Ph.D.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lecture 11:30  - 1 p.m. Friends Hall (SC219)

"Future Water Use, Sustainable Development and the Aral Sea Crisis: an Uzbek Perspective"

Discussants: Michael Edelstein, Ph.D., Professor, Programs in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Astrid Cerny, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Program in Environmental Studies, Ramapo College of NJ

 

Reception with Ambassador Askarov: 1 - 2 p.m. (SC219)

Invitation to taste Uzbek traditional Plov

 

Welcome of and brief statement by Ambassador Askarov: 1:10¿1:25

 

Background: The ancient and historic Silk Road underscores the global importance of Central Asia, an importance that we now too easily overlook. Uzbekistan, the most populated nation in Central Asia, is a double land locked country formerly part of the Soviet Union. At the age of 21, this young country is trying to chart a future toward sustainable development. Water is a significant obstacle. Upland nations control the two major rivers that supply Uzbekistan with nearly all its water. How the issue is handled promises either peace and prosperity to this region or scarcity and conflict. As a further complication, the water issue is set against the Aral Sea disaster. Set underway by expanded irrigation for cotton production during the Soviet era, the fourth largest inland body of water on earth disappeared in less than fifty years. Its legacy includes expanding desert and contaminated dusts, declining soil fertility and expanding salinization of soil and water, a devastated fishery, widespread unemployment, health degradation and outmigration of population. Often described as the Earth's worst ecological disaster to date, the desiccation of the Aral Sea has enveloped the western part of Uzbekistan, threatening a cultural and architectural legacy that is unsurpassed in the world and presenting a major challenge to a fast growing nation of 30 million people. It is also a global-scale dry run for many of the dynamics of climate change.

 

Murad Askarov, Ph.D. earned his Doctorate in political science and a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent and spent 12 years in various posts before becoming Uzbekistan's Ambassador to the UN in 2009

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