One Past and a Common Future
The international conference on ensuring safety and sustainable development in Central Asia under the auspices of the UN, “Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity” is opening today in Samarkand.
The forum will become one of important practical steps on implementation of the initiatives forwarded by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, aimed at ensuring safety, socioeconomic prosperity, and strengthening of regional cooperation in Central Asia. As it is known, transformation of Central Asia into a zone of stability, steady development and good-neighborliness is defined by the Head of our state as the main priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.
Organizers of the conference are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia and the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia.
According to the organizing committee, more than 500 people will take part in the international event, including foreign ministers of Central Asian countries, highlevel official delegations from the CIS countries, Europe, Asia and America, heads of more than 10 international organizations, including the UN, EU, OSCE, SCO, CIS, EBRD, about 100 authoritative international experts and employees of leading foreign mass media, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Uzbekistan.
It is expected that conduction of Samarkand conference will provide an opportunity for its participants to exchange views on current issues of security and development of the region, to develop proposals on effective ways of their solution. The two-day forum will allow to discuss specific areas of enhancing cooperation between the Central Asian countries in political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication, hydropower, environmental, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as the role of international organizations and partner countries in promoting implementation of the regional development projects and enhancing the potential of countries in countering modern challenges and threats.