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The President of Uzbekistan calls for broad international cooperation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The Embassy of Uzbekistan in China | Updated: 2022-06-25 18:30
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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev attends a High-level Dialogue on Global Development in the BRICS Plus format on June 24, 2022. [Photo provided to]

On June 24, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in a High-level Dialogue on Global Development in the BRICS Plus format.

The heads of state and government of 18 countries of the world took part in the online forum, which was chaired by the Chinese side. Along with the leaders of Uzbekistan and China, President of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune, President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, President of Iran Ibrahim Raisi, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, Vice President of Brazil Hamilton Mourao, as well as the heads of governments of Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji and Ethiopia.

The organizers identified the development of global partnership and joint promotion of the Sustainable Development Agenda as the main theme of the event.

The issues of multilateral cooperation in the field of security and stability, expansion of practical cooperation in the field of trade and investment, "green" economy, high technologies and innovations, digitalization, transport and logistics, ecology, humanitarian sphere were considered.

In his speech, the President of Uzbekistan noted the special importance of the BRICS Plus dialogue as a popular platform for inclusive partnership in promoting the Sustainable Development Agenda.

It is emphasized that the modern world is undergoing a profound transformation, accompanied by a number of alarming trends – international tensions are increasing and signs of a systemic economic crisis are emerging.

The attention of the participants was drawn to the fact that under these conditions, the New Uzbekistan, consistently continuing reforms based on the principle of "Human interests above all", is open to broad international cooperation, including cooperation in the South-South format.

In order to overcome the consequences of the crisis phenomena in the global economy, the importance of taking coordinated measures to eliminate trade barriers, create new production and logistics chains, attract investment in cooperation projects and infrastructure, as well as technology transfer and innovation, deepen cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence, digitalization, biotechnology, and vaccine development was noted.

In order to promote joint projects and initiatives, it was proposed to launch the BRICS Plus Business Community Forum.

The President of Uzbekistan called for the strengthening of transport and communication interconnectedness and the inclusion of our region in the transcontinental routes "North-South" and "West-East".

The UN call to ensure stable and open turnover of food products in the markets was supported.

The importance of using the enormous potential of the BRICS countries, which account for up to half of the world's agricultural production, in order to deepen cooperation, form a reliable supply system and food availability was noted.

One of the key areas identified is the implementation of programs in the field of poverty reduction and entrepreneurship support, the activation of multilateral cooperation on the climate agenda and human development. The interest of our country in participating in the programs of the League of Universities and the BRICS Network University, as well as in the field of vocational education and youth policy was expressed.

The Uzbek side, as chairman of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, also proposed to develop mechanisms for practical interaction between the BRICS and the SCO.

In conclusion, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the holding of the Dialogue in the BRICS Plus format once again demonstrated the common spirit for overcoming common challenges as soon as possible, ensuring global stability and sustainable development of our countries.

In the speeches of other foreign leaders, theses were also made about the importance of expanding global partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation in promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Promising areas of multilateral dialogue in the field of economy, investment, innovation and "green" technologies, trade, transport and communications, ecology, and other priority areas are outlined.

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