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UN to continue to assist states in overcoming challenges, Sadyr Japarov hopes

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov hopes that the UN will continue to assist member states in overcoming challenges and solving urgent global problems. He stated this at the General Debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

Touching upon the general issues, he noted that a half of the period of implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) until 2030 has passed this year.

«The adoption of the SDGs in 2015 under the motto «Leave no one behind» was a bright example of the constructive negotiation capacity of the world community in the interests of all of us and subsequent generations. Meanwhile, it has already become obvious that due to objective circumstances, including due to the coronavirus pandemic, the implementation of the sustainable development goals in developing countries, including our country, has slowed down, and without adequate international funding, many of them may not even achieve the critical indicators of the sustainable development goals,» Sadyr Japarov said.

On his part, he confirmed the firm commitment of the Kyrgyz Republic to the SDGs and their gradual implementation, taking into account national capacity.

«I believe that our country’s own potential should be the main source and engine of sustainable development. For these purposes, our efforts are aimed at achieving an accelerated and qualitative growth of the economy, including through mutually beneficial regional and international trade and investment cooperation,» Sadyr Japarov said.

He noted that Kyrgyzstan actively participates in integration and cooperation processes, including the Eurasian Economic Union and One Belt — One Road initiative of the People’s Republic of China.

«We are also open to business cooperation and investment partnership with all interested parties. As you know, Central Asia does not have direct access to the sea, in connection with which the construction of the China — Kyrgyzstan — Uzbekistan railway is an important regional project. Its implementation will expand international trade and investment, transit and tourism opportunities for Central Asia, located on the route of the Great Silk Road,» the head of state said.

He emphasized that within the framework of the current policy, priority is given to the development of a green, digital and creative economy. The country is actively developing the locomotive of the green economy: the hydropower industry, small and medium-sized hydropower plants are being put into operation.

«Our esteemed neighbors — Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan — will participate in the construction of the largest hydroelectric power station — Kambarata, because this will strengthen the energy security and optimize the use of water resources in the region. In general, I want to note the spirit of unity, mutual understanding, trust and support, which was demonstrated in the city of Cholpon-Ata two months ago, when the Fourth Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia was held under the chairmanship of Kyrgyzstan. I hope that the signing by all parties of the Cholpon-Ata Agreement «On Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation for the Development of Central Asia in the 21st Century» will open a new page in our interstate relations,» the president said.

At the end of his speech, he assured that Kyrgyzstan firmly supports the UN as the only universal structure authorized by all UN member states to solve the endless challenges facing humanity.

«I hope that the UN will continue to properly perform all its functions and assist member states in solving urgent global problems and overcoming challenges,» the President concluded.