On 18 May 2021 in New York, during the plenary meeting of the 75th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, a special resolution was unanimously adopted on declaring the Aral Sea region a zone of environmental innovations and technologies.
This was reported by the Uzbek Foreign Ministry.
The initiative of Uzbekistan received broad support from the world community, as evidenced by the fact that about 60 states from various regions of the world co-sponsored the resolution.
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly:
- declares its support for regional events and initiatives aimed at improving the environmental, social, economic and demographic situation in the Aral Sea region;
- encourages scientific and research advisory activities in the interests of further restoration and improvement of the environment, conservation of natural resources and improvement of the quality life of the population;
- emphasizes the importance of intensifying regional cooperation in the implementation of joint measures to overcome the consequences of the Aral Sea crisis and stabilize the ecological situation in the region;
- calls on all stakeholders to conduct joint interdisciplinary research, develop and introduce environmentally friendly technologies, promote sustainable inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic growth.
The document expresses the intention to further develop and strengthen cooperation in the Aral Sea basin. It was also decided to use the capabilities of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and the resources of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund to solve practical problems of attracting new knowledge, innovative technologies to the region, comprehensively introducing the principles of a “green” economy, preventing further desertification, environmental migration and other measures.
Today we are not talking about returning the Aral Sea, but at least overcoming its painful consequences for people. To minimize the disaster caused by this large-scale ecological disaster. Man was the cause of the death of the Aral Sea, but it was he who was able to return life to this land. Man-made forests, which rustled at the bottom of the former sea, give hope for this. This land is literally changing before our eyes, people are getting clean drinking water, modern houses, roads, schools and hospitals are being built. Foreign investors come here, the number of tourists from different parts of the world is growing. All this is evidence that the Aral Sea region is being revived and has great prospects.