SCO Secretary-General receives the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs
SCO Secretary-General receives the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs

On 7 April 2017, SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov received UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca at the SCO Headquarters.

The meeting participants compared notes and had a substantive exchange of views on a wide range of issues pertaining to the dynamically developing partnership relations between the two organisations, covering issues such as global and regional security, and prospects for cooperation in the economic, humanitarian and cultural spheres.

The SCO Secretary-General told his distinguished guest about the main SCO events in the run-up to the SCO Summit of the heads of state to be held in Astana in June 2017, and the SCO's key tasks and priorities outlined in the SCO Development Strategy until 2025.

The participants noted that the SCO strategy includes stepping up efforts designed to drastically improve cooperation across three main areas, namely, security and countering conventional and new challenges and threats, trade and economic cooperation, as well as cooperation in the humanitarian and cultural spheres. "Improving and expanding the SCO's ties with international and regional organisations, primarily the UN, ranks high on our list of priorities," the Secretary-General pointed out.

On a separate note, Rashid Alimov expressed gratitude for the UN's commitment and constructive approach toward building partnership relations with the SCO: "We feel continuous mutual interest in implementing joint initiatives and projects," he said. "Everyone benefits from this approach and important issues on the agenda get successfully resolved." In this context, the Secretary-General thanked Mr Jenca and through him, the UN leadership and officials, for their continued support, enthusiasm and professionalism in matters of cooperation with the SCO.

In turn, Mr Jenca informed his counterpart about the current UN activities and priorities for the near future, underscoring the interest in deepening cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

On a separate note, he expressed his satisfaction with the dynamically developing relations between the two organisations and agreed that they have reached a more substantive level.

The UN Assistant Secretary-General underscored the success of special high-level events held in New York and Vienna in November 2016 and March 2017, which clearly indicate the growing potential for cooperation and willingness of the global and regional universal organisations to interact in a new format. He agreed that holding such targeted events on a regular basis is in the interests of both organisations, and allows them to exchange experience and develop common approaches to addressing important issues of our time.

He also supported the proposal regarding the expediency of further deepening cooperation with the UN specialised institutions through regularly holding joint hands-on seminars and training courses on important areas of mutual interest.

The parties agreed to take joint steps to unlock the potential for cooperation.

The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

UN Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenca is a career diplomat. He has held senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and has served as Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia, and as a Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU Political and Security Committee. He headed the Mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to Uzbekistan.

From 2008 to 2015, he served as Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia with an office in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.