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Bishkek Global Mountain Summit, 29 Oct.-1 Nov. 2002

Bishkek Global Mountain SummitAKDN played a major role at the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit, which took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, between 29 October and 1 November 2002. The summit promoted "the conservation and sustainable development of mountain regions". For more information, please view the background paper entitled "Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation", authored by Stephen F. Rasmussen and Safdar Parvez of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme.

A New University Dedicated to the Eradication of Poverty in Central AsiaA New University Dedicated to the Eradication of Poverty in Central Asia
The University of Central Asia, which was founded by a treaty signed in 2000 by the presidents of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, will offer a Master's in Mountain Development Studies, a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts and courses in continuing education. The Continuing Education programme, already underway in temporary premises (see photo at right), will eventually consist of four programme streams: agricultural and natural resource management; public and social sector administration; entrepreneurship and small business development; and ethics and culture. Initially, the University will be located on three campuses, in Khorog, Tajikistan; Tekeli, Kazakhstan; and Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. Eventually, it is expected to serve 50 million people across the mountain zones of Central Asia, including Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. For more information, please see the University home page.

BBC Earth Report to Profile AKDN Work in Central Asia
During the third week of October, BBC World will be showing "Where Families and Mountains Meet", a film which documents the Network's efforts to the help people overcome the hardships encountered in the wake of the collapse of Soviet subsidies. According to the filmmakers, the Network has helped people harness renewable mountain energy, create small businesses and markets, and grow seven times the amount of food they used to grow under the old Russian collective system. The programme will be shown at the following dates and times (all times are GMT). Please consult listings for local times.

Monday, Oct. 21 at 21.30
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 01.30 and 09.30
Saturday, 26 Oct. at 18.30
Sunday, 27 Oct. at 07.30

Clean, Sustainable Hydropower for Tajikistan
For the past ten years, the 250,000 residents of Gorno Badakhshan oblast' of Tajikistan have faced subfreezing winter temperatures without adequate heat. They have survived by using wood fuel for their heating and cooking needs. In the process, they have decimated the region’s tree cover (over 70 percent) and created acutely high levels of indoor pollution. In an ambitious and innovative investment, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have joined forces to develop a new electricity generation and distribution project in a remote eastern province in Tajikistan that will boost the region’s dangerously inadequate electricity supply, improve health conditions, reduce environmental degradation, and contribute toward the region’s economic recovery. For more information, please see the press release.

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