Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Oct.18
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbek President Islam Karimov said that the country productively cooperates with the United Nations in general and in particular with the United Nations Development Programme.
The head of state made the remarks during the meeting with the deputy secretary general of the UN, UNDP administrator Helen Clark, Uzbekistan national news agency (UzA) said Oct.18.
Islam Karimov received Helen Clark Oct.17, who arrived on a visit to Uzbekistan.
Welcoming the guest, the head of state said that Uzbekistan, as a full member of the international community, is actively involved in international processes, putting forward concrete initiatives on relevant issues, including provision of security and stability in the region, its sustainable development and environmental protection.
Uzbekistan jointly with UNDP implemented 211 projects totaling over $184 million for 20 years of cooperation.
More than 30 projects on the support of large-scale democratic, judicial and legal, social and economic reforms in Uzbekistan, aimed at improving the welfare of the population and achievement of the Millennium development goals are being carried out in 2014.
UN deputy secretary general praised the economic success of Uzbekistan, which shows an annual GDP growth rate of not less than 8 percent during the last 10 years.
Helen Clark, on behalf of the United Nations and the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed support for the international conference "Development of cooperation in the Aral Sea region to mitigate environmental catastrophe consequences" planned for late October in the city of Urgench.
The conference is organized within the framework of "The programme of measures to eliminate the consequences of the drying of the Aral Sea and prevent ecosystem disaster in the Aral Sea", proposed by Uzbekistan.
Exchange of views on other issues of further expansion between Uzbekistan and the United Nations also took place at the meeting.
It was previously reported that the program of the visit of the UN envoy involves meetings and negotiations in the government, ministries and departments.
Helen Clark will also visit a number of districts of Uzbekistan, including the Aral Sea region, which is in a state of ecological crisis due to the drying up of the Aral Sea. She will also get acquainted with the UNDP projects implemented in the country.
Uzbekistan joined the United Nations in March 1992, the UN office in Tashkent was opened in 1993.