On September 19, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres as part of his participation in the General Debate of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.
The prospects for further expansion of Uzbekistan’s cooperation with the UN, primarily in the implementation of national tasks and goals in the sphere of sustainable development, were discussed.
The sides noted with satisfaction the achievement of an unprecedentedly high level of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UN in recent years. Around 140 joint programs and projects are being successfully implemented. At the initiative of the Uzbek side, 6 resolutions of the UN General Assembly have been adopted, and a Trust Fund for social support of the population of the Aral Sea region is operating.
Uzbekistan is elected a member to a number of high-profile UN bodies and actively participates in their activities. Major international events with a global agenda are jointly held, particularly on food security, tourism development, poverty alleviation, and climate change.
António Guterres highly assessed the address by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the 78th session of the General Assembly and emphasized his support for the program of irreversible reforms in the country, as well as the importance of the proposals and initiatives voiced in tackling pressing global and regional issues.
The Secretary-General underscored the scale of goals and objectives of the new reform strategy «Uzbekistan – 2030», its full consonance with the Sustainable Development Goals. He also expressed readiness of the UN and all its institutions to facilitate practical implementation of this program document.
Following the talks, an agreement on developing a road map on priority areas of deepening the full-scale partnership between Uzbekistan and the United Nations was reached.