SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
June 12, 2015
UN General Secretary holds a briefing for media representatives
UN General Secretary holds a briefing for media representatives - Uzbekistan News
UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon during a meeting with reporters briefed the media regarding a meeting in Tashkent and the prospects for further cooperation with Uzbekistan.
\"This is my second visit to Uzbekistan as General Secretary. I thank His Excellency Islam Karimov, the Government and the people of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome, hospitality and respect. During the meeting with the President, we have exchanged views on a number of global problems. In particular, we discussed such important issues on the agenda of the United Nations, as the strengthening of peace, development and more. It is worth noting, that Uzbekistan has achieved great success in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The international community appreciates the achievements of Uzbekistan in the field of poverty eradication, reduction of maternal mortality, achieving gender equality in secondary schools. Furthermore, Uzbekistan shows active participation in establishing regional dialogue. Especially the international community appreciates the initiative of Islam Karimov to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and the establishment of a zone that is free from nuclear weapons in Central Asia \", - said Ban Ki-moon.
UN General Secretary noted that he remembers the visit to Muinak in 2010. He stressed that the problem of the Aral Sea is relevant not only for Uzbekistan but also for the entire world community. It should be noted that measures to attract world attention to this issue were also discussed during the meeting with the President. Ban Ki-moon stressed that the problem of the Aral Sea creates challenges related to the use of water and energy resources. In addition, the General Secretary noted the need for countries in the region to use preventive diplomacy tools in addressing these issues. During the briefing, it was noted that the next stage of development of bilateral relations was recently signed agreement to support human development in Uzbekistan.
After the briefing, the UN chief flew to Bukhara to visit and explore the history and architectural monuments of the ancient city.