At the Oqsaroy on October 17, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received Helen Clark, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Administrator of the UN Development Program
Greeting the guest, the head of our state stressed the constructive nature of Uzbekistan’s cooperation with the United Nations in general and the UNDP in particular.
As a full-fledged member of the world community, Uzbekistan takes active part in international processes by putting forward concrete initiatives related to pressing issues, including those with regard to providing for security and stability in the region, its sustainable development and environmental protection, among others.
As it was underscored during the in-depth conversation, 211 projects totaling more than 184 million US dollars have been implemented in Uzbekistan within the last twenty years. In excess of 30 schemes are underway this year to support the wide-ranging democratic, judicial and socio-economic reforms in our country and designed to boost the wellbeing of the population and to further the Millennium Development Goals.
The UN Deputy Secretary General highly appraised the economic successes of Uzbekistan, a country that has been demonstrating at least 8 percent GDP growth rates for the last ten years.
On behalf of the United Nations and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Helen Clark expressed support for the international conference “Promotion of Cooperation in the Aral Sea Region to Alleviate the Impact of Environmental Catastrophe” scheduled for late October in the city of Urgench and organized as part of implementing the action plan to weather the consequences of the drying out Aral and prevent a catastrophe of environmental systems in the Aral Sea Region, proposed by Uzbekistan presiding in the International Fund to Save Aral and distributed as an official document of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.
The meeting served also to exchange views on other issues pertinent to enhancing the interaction of Uzbekistan and the UN.