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The drying up of the Aral Sea, which was the fourth largest lake in the world until the 1960s, is among the greatest human-made global environmental disasters whose negative effects go beyond national and regional boundaries. It has affected the livelihoods of millions of people living in the region, with the epicentre in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, in Uzbekistan.

An evolving crisis, the Aral Sea disaster has a number of negative consequences, including land degradation and desertification, shortage of drinking water, malnutrition, deterioration of health conditions and the livelihoods of the local population. The socio-economic and environmental consequences are further complicated by the rapid speed of its negative effects.

Despite significant efforts to address these issues, the lack of a unified development strategy with an inter-sectoral, integrated approach, the inadequate coordination of aid flows, the duplication of activities, and low degree of government ownership of development assistance have limited the effectiveness of interventions so far and the sustainability of the results.

The Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan (MPHSTF), established jointly by the UN and the Government of Uzbekistan, aims to be transformative, evidence- and human-rights based and inclusive in its goal of catalysing and strengthening a multi-sectoral and people-centered response to address the consequences of one of the world’s biggest man-made environmental disasters. The MPHSTF provides a coherent strategy to coordinate aid flows and increase government ownership to enable sustainable results.  More information on the Aral Sea Programme can be found on:


Assistance Strategy

Using a multi-sectorial lens that is based on the human security concept, the MPHSTF develops a holistic set of interventions that are 1) people centered; 2) comprehensive; 3) context-specific; and 4) prevention oriented. The MPHSTF’s theory of change has identified six clusters of inter- related problems that include:

  • Environmental insecurity
  • Economic insecurity
  • Food insecurity
  • Health insecurity
  • Social insecurity
  • Ineffectiveness of donor assistance.

The MPHSTF is in line with the Busan development effectiveness principles on local ownership, focus on results, partnership of development partners, and transparency of aid.

The assistance provided through the MPHSTF is based on a single programmatic framework, which has been developed based on the results of an independent socio-economic survey conducted in the communities most affected by the environmental disaster.


The Fund aims to build the resilience of communities in Uzbekistan affected by the Aral Sea ecological disaster through achieving the following five outcomes:

Outcome 1: The stress on local communities due to the deteriorating environmental situation reduced.

Outcome 2: The employment and income generation opportunities for local communities increased.

Outcome 3: Local community access to affordable and healthy food and clean drinking water secured.

Outcome 4: The overall health of the local population improved and healthy lifestyle promoted.

Outcome 5: The living conditions of local populations improved, with particular focus on vulnerable groups such as women, children and youth.



The Steering Committee has the overall responsibility for the MPHSTF.  It is responsible for leadership, strategic direction, and decisions on eligibility, allocation and other managerial and oversight aspects. It will be co-chaired by a High Level Government representative and the UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, and will include the representatives of national ministries, UN agencies, NGOs and contributing donors.

The Technical Secretariat will provide operational and administrative support to the MPHSTF Steering Committee in ensuring coherence, qualitative development of operational documents, monitoring of the results achieved, and conformity of the MPHSTF activity with the priorities of the Government.

The implementation of interventions will be the responsibility of the Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs) – UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC and UNESCO.  Each PUNO will be programmatically and financially responsible for MPHSTF resources received.

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) is responsible for concluding Memorandum of Understanding  with Participating UN Organizations and Standard Administrative Arrangements with donor(s), as well as for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Participating UN Organizations; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Participating UN Organizations and Participating Non-UN Organizations and provision of these reports to the Steering Committee for onward submission to the donor(s).



The Steering Committee (SC) meets semi-annually and makes decisions by consensus.

Participating UN Organizations will be invited to submit proposals to the Secretariat upon issuance of a Call for Proposal. Funding proposals should be people centered, designed based on the conditions of the region and target communities’ needs, strategic and multidimensional, and focus on technology transfer and the use of innovative approaches.  A detailed description of the eligibility criteria for proposals is provided in the MPHSTF Terms of Reference.

The Technical Secretariat will review the proposals submitted by Participating UN Organizations and submit them to the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee will make decision on funding allocations on each Proposal, considering the findings of the appraisal by the Technical Secretariat as well as the alignment of proposals with the MPHSTF Strategy. Upon approval of a proposal, the Steering Committee will advise the Administrative Agent to disburse the authorized amount to the Participating UN Organization(s).


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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 15,506,642  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 113,154  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   15,619,796
Transferred to Participating Organizations 9,107,729  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -3,702  
Administrative Agent Fee 99,411  
Direct Cost 629,588  
Bank Charges 278  
Other 55,655  
Total use of funds   9,888,960
Balance with Administrative Agent   5,730,836
As a percentage of deposits   37.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 9,737,317  
Total resources   9,737,317
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 5,344,685  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -3,702  
Total expenses     5,348,386
Balance with Participating Organizations   4,388,931
As a percentage of transfers   45.1%
Total Balance of Funds   10,119,767
As a percentage of deposits   65.3%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, 4 Taras Shevchenko Street, UzbekistanTashkent 100029; Telephone: +998 71 120 3450; +998 71 120 6167; Fax: +998 71 120 3485

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  • Roli Asthana, Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Email:
  • Simon Hacker, Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Lead, E-mail:
  • Rusyan Jill Mamiit, Development Coordination Officer for Partnerships and Development Finance (RCO MPTF Focal Point), E-mail:


For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  

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