28 September 2013
Secretary-General
SG/SM/15360

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes Support Expressed at High-level Meeting


on Central Asia for United Nations Efforts in Region


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General welcomes the High-level Meeting on Central Asia held today at United Nations Headquarters.  The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, with the participation of countries of Central Asia and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, Miroslav Jenča.  United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator, Ms. Cihan Sultanošlu, also delivered remarks.


The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways for the United Nations, and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia in particular, to assist Central Asia in addressing emerging challenges in the region more effectively.  The discussion focused on key trends in the region and highlighted the usefulness of preventive diplomacy in Central Asia.  The Secretary-General welcomes that participants expressed their continued support for United Nations efforts in the region and for the current activities and future plans of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.


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