UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits Kazakhstan

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The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has visited Kazakhstan within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit and the opening of EXPO-2017.

The SG arrived to Kazakhstan on 8 June to participate in the SCO summit and the opening of Expo 2017. On 10 June, he visited Uzbekistan, namely Samarkand and the Aral Sea. On 11 June, he visited Bishkek and Osh in Kyrgyzstan. On 12 June, he participated in a local event on the SDGs in Dushanbe and visited Lake Sarez. And on 13 June he hosted a ministerial meeting on implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia in Ashgabat.

The priorities of the Secretary-General’s visit focused on the reform agenda, preventive diplomacy and regional cooperation as an answer to challenges and means of strengthening peaceful and stable development in the region. They included environmental and trans-boundary water sharing issues; attainment of Sustainable Development Goals, prevention of violent extremism and counter-terrorism; the situation in Afghanistan; the fight against drugs and organized crime; economic and infrastructure cooperation; human rights and good governance, among others. In addition, in each country bilateral issues were on the agenda as well. 

Antonio Guterres is the ninth United Nations Secretary-General. Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015), worked as the Prime Minister of Portugal (19915-2002) and was a member of the Portuguese Council of State (1991-2002).