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Strengthening regional and international cooperation for peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region

The text of the UN resolution adopted, at the initiative of Uzbekistan

United Nations

General Assembly

Seventy-second session

Agenda item 65
Peace-building and peace-keeping

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: draft resolution

Strengthening regional and international cooperation for peace, stability
and sustainable development in the Central Asian region


General Assembly,

Guided by the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, which encourage the adoption of measures to establish regional cooperation to advance the purposes and principles of the United Nations,

Recognizing the important role of the Central Asian countries in ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development in the region, as well as in promoting regional and international cooperation,

Taking into account the contemporary challenges and threats faced by the countries of Central Asia,

Noting the major regional and international initiatives of the Central Asian states
in the areas of security and development, including:

(a) establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia as an effective measure aimed at achieving a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons
of mass destruction,

b) proclamation by the General Assembly on 29 August of the International Day against Nuclear Tests as one of the key means to achieve the goal of building
a world free of nuclear weapons,

c) adoption of the first regional joint action plan for the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia and the Ashgabat Declaration,

d) elimination of risks arising from "uranium tailings" - the legacy of nuclear tests and radioactive waste,

e) proclamation of the period 2018-2028 as the International Decade for Actions "Water for Sustainable Development"

f) providing a reliable and stable transit of energy resources and energy resources, including through the effective implementation of existing regional energy projects,

g) developing a sustainable, cost-effective transport infrastructure and transit corridors and strengthening links between all modes of transport, including by opening new road and railways, as well as air routes, along with the implementation of agreements covering transport in Central Asia and transit,

h) ensuring the protection of ecosystems, biodiversity and critical species of flora and fauna,

Welcoming the efforts of Central Asian Governments to implement the Agenda for Sustainable Development to 2030 and the national sustainable development goals contained therein;

Referring to the results of the international conference "Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity", which was held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, November 10 and 11, 2017, during which the countries of Central Asia reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the bilateral and regional cooperation,

Noting with satisfaction the regional support for the initiative to convene the Consultative Meetings of the Heads of State of Central Asia on a regular basis,

Recognizing the importance of preventive diplomacy and noting in this context the role of the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia,

Recognizing also the efforts undertaken within the framework of the United Nations Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia, to which Afghanistan joined,

Stressing the importance of the Afghanistan Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan and other such important regional initiatives aimed
at promoting regional cooperation, welcoming the outcome documents of the Seventh Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, which was held on November 14 and 15, 2017 in Ashgabat, aimed at further development of economic cooperation, and encouraging the efforts of the Central Asian states and their contribution to the development of Afghanistan,

Noting the outcome of the Ministerial debate in the Security Council on the topic "Building a regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a model for work on a direction combining security and development", held on 19 January 2018 during the presidency of Kazakhstan as the first Central Asian country in the Council,

Recognizing the efforts made by the States of Central Asia to actively promote education as an important condition for effectively countering militant extremism in all cases when it creates a breeding ground for terrorism,

Taking into account the results of the international high-level conference "Counteraction to terrorism and violent extremism", held on May 3 and 4, 2018
in Dushanbe,

Supporting the holding of the World Nomadic Games on a regular basis, contributing to the development of intercultural dialogue,

1. Notes with satisfaction the substantial practical contribution of the Central Asian States to the strengthening of regional security and stability and sustainable development, as well as their efforts in this plan;

2. Expresses its support for the ongoing regional efforts and initiatives aimed at strengthening stability and economic cooperation in Central Asia;

3. Reaffirms that threats to stability and sustainable development in the region require closer and more coordinated cooperation between the states of Central Asia, as well as between them and international and regional organizations,
and also reaffirms the importance of regional cooperation with the participation
of regional and international organizations in eliminating these threats;

4. Calls upon the countries of the region to make effective use of the platform for regular consultations of heads of State and other forums with a view to encouraging cooperation in the region and beyond in ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development;

5. Supports active cooperation of the countries of Central Asia in implementing the initiatives outlined in the final communiqué of the International Conference "Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity";

6. Welcomes the first summit of Heads of States of Central Asia, held on 15 March 2018 in Astana;

7. Also welcomes the holding by Turkmenistan in 2018 of the summit of the Heads of States of the International Foundation for Saving the Aral Sea;

8. Supports the efforts made by the Central Asian States to promote the peace process and socio-economic development in Afghanistan and the participation of these States in regional political and economic processes and underlines the importance of the Kabul process as the main forum and instrument for the implementation of the Afghanistan peace initiative, and the importance of other regional and international conferences, including the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: "The peace process, security collaboration and regional cooperation", as part of ongoing efforts by the international community to support the Afghan-led process of peace and reconciliation;

9. Notes the importance of developing and strengthening the bilateral and regional cooperation in the rational and integrated use of water and energy resources
in Central Asia, taking into account the interests of all States in the region, and for this purpose calls for regular consultations so as to develop mutually beneficial, long-term sustainable mechanisms in this field as soon as possible;

10. Calls upon Member States to support the efforts of the Central Asian States
to mitigate the environmental and socio-economic consequences of the drying out
of the Aral Sea;

11. Supports the further strengthening of good-neighborly and friendly relations between the states of Central Asia on the basis of deepening ties in the fields
of education, science, technology, innovation, tourism, culture, arts and sports
and in the interests of further mutual assistance in emergency situations;

12. Notes the importance of the establishment of a modern transport system in the vast region of Central Asia and the widespread use of the transit potential of the region as one of the necessary conditions for sustainable development and free movement of people, goods and services;

13. Calls upon the specialized agencies, funds and programs of the United Nations system to harmonize their programs and activities in support of priority areas for regional cooperation, integration and sustainable development in Central Asia identified by the countries of the region;

14. Encourages the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia to continue its efforts to promote peace, stability and security and prosperity in the region, within the framework of its mandate to promote preventive diplomacy in cooperation with relevant regional and international organizations;

15. Endorses the efforts of the partners of the Central Asian states and the international community as a whole to strengthen and expand cooperation with the countries of the region in the areas of regional security and sustainable development.


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