The theme of the Report 1997 is social cohesion and human development. Social cohesion is an elusive concept; it is easier to recognize it by its absence than to define. Lack of social cohesion reveals itself in increased social tension, crime, minority emigration, and ultimately in civil strife. All these impact negatively on human development. Positive social cohesion can be described the invisible glue that keeps society together even in difficult, stressful times, such as the process of independence which Uzbekistan is going through at present.