Dialogue of representatives of research centers of Central Asian countries« Back
At the initiative of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, a videoconference was held on June 22 by representatives of strategic research institutes in Central Asian countries.
The event was attended by the SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov, as well as the leaders of the Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan, the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Tajikistan, the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Tajikistan, the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The interlocutors discussed the practical implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution "Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region" of June 22, 2018. They also spoke about the agreements reached during the second Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia on November 29, 2019 and the strengthening of cooperation in key areas in the post-pandemic period.
Norov stressed the relevance of this event against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic, the consequences of which are observed in the field of security, as well as in the economic, environmental and humanitarian spheres. The pandemic also had a strong influence on the system of international relations as a whole.
To solve the problem, it is important to overcome on a global and regional scale the political confrontation, the rejection of nationalist and populist ideas and protectionism, Norov is sure.
Multilateralism and diplomacy must play a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic. The SCO at its very beginning called on the international community to strengthen interaction within the framework of the World Health Organization.
The Secretary General called Central Asia "the core of the Organization and its priority area of activity." SCO member states support the efforts of Central Asian countries to deepen cooperation in various fields.
According to him, in recent years, the political dialogue between the countries of Central Asia has been strengthened, which contributes to the development of regional cooperation in the interests of the effective implementation of the transit-transport, water-energy and tourism potential of the region.
In conclusion, Norov pointed out the advisability of holding such expert dialogues, emphasizing the importance of preventive diplomacy and the high role of scientific expertise in the study of urgent problems in the region.
Representatives of the research centers of Central Asian countries noted the importance of developing bilateral and regional cooperation to mitigate the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic.