Known as one of the worst environmental disasters of our time, the shrinkage has brought severe unemployment and economic hardship for the locals, not to mention health issues sourcing from fertilisers and chemicals drying up in the air.
20 years after UNDP's first intervention in the region, hope begins to blossom. In the recent years, we were able to fill up Small Aral 1.5 times faster than planned (within 4 years instead of 7).
Entitled “Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century”, the UNDP’s flagship Human Development Report 2019 brings new approaches to measuring progress beyond economic growth alone.
The report notes that middle-income countries in Europe and Central Asia, including Kazakhstan, face pressing challenges exacerbated by existing inequalities such as shrinking middle class, high levels of informal and vulnerable employment, gaps in social protection, emigration of skilled and young workers, and perceptions of inequality before the law.
According to the report, the region has achieved higher living standards than ever before. Despite this, climate change and technological disruption, if unchecked, could slow down efforts to reduce inequalities.
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