The Winter School on Human Development is an annual online and interactive module organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that provides participants with critical knowledge and tools relative to political, economic and social processes. 25 participants from the online module are selected for an in-residence module consisting of workshops and role-play exercises conducted by human development specialists.
Each year, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uzbekistan organizes the Summer and Winter Schools on Human Development as a way to advance the concept of human development and teach tools relevant to socio-economic processes.
After visiting Uzbekistan in 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called the shrinking of the Aral Sea (a lake in in one of Uzbekistan’s most economically vulnerable regions, Karakalpakstan) “one of the worst environmental disasters of the world 1 ,” referring to the impact it would have on human security in the region. A Joint Programme called “Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster” was subsequently implemented by five UN agencies in Uzbekistan, including UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO and UNV in cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, to address the impacts of the retreat of the sea on multiple sectors, such as income generation, healthcare and community development.