On 11 November 2017, Rashid Alimov met with Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Asia and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).
The SCO Secretary-General congratulated Ms Gherman on her appointment to the high post and expressed confidence that her vast diplomatic experience and the knowledge of the region will contribute to strengthening interaction between Central Asian countries. Mr Alimov also said that "the universal experience of the UN, and the UNRCCA in particular, in counteracting terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and organised crime is very important for the practical activity of the SCO."
Natalia Gherman informed Mr Alimov in detail about the mid-term plans and perspectives of the UNRCCA. She expressed satisfaction with cooperation with the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, adding that the SCO was the main partner of the UN Regional Centre.
Mr Alimov congratulated Natalia Gherman on the 10th anniversary of the UNRCCA and wished her success in implementing all plans.
The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) was established by the Security Council on 16 May 2007 in Ashgabat. The centre aims to maintain connections with regional governments in areas related to preventive diplomacy.