Dear participants of symposium, ladies and gentlemen!
I have a great pleasure to greet you, our esteemed guests, representatives of prominent international institutions – World Health Organization, UNICEF, UN Development Program and Population Fund, – heads of healthcare systems of many countries, all the contributors to this symposium, and express my deepest respect to you.
This unique building complex that has embodied the best patterns of national and contemporary architectural design and urban planning, has been commissioned quite recently and comprises two parts – National Public Library and Symposiums Palace where we are meeting at the moment. Symbolic and historic is the very fact that you, the participants of this international forum addressing the most humane and noble sphere of human activity, namely, maternity and child healthcare – are the first guests we receive in this magnificent Palace.
Today we celebrate a great holiday, an unforgettable historic date – the twentieth anniversary of independence Mother Uzbekistan – across the entire nation, in every single town and kishlak.
Two decades ago, decisively rejecting the old, obsolete totalitarian Soviet system, we started a new stage of historical development - of building an open, democratic state with a socially oriented market economy, free and independent life that had been sought by our people for many centuries.
It gives me a great pleasure to cordially congratulate you, my dear - and in your person our entire nation - on the greatest, the dearest holiday for us all to express my deep respect and reverence.
Let me greet you and express my gratitude to the Russian side, President Dmitriy Medvedev, for the warm welcome and traditional hospitality.
The critical issue on the agenda of today’s summit meeting is to further improve the system of collective security within Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
Reasonable and timely, in our view, are the initiatives aimed at ensuring effectiveness and efficiency in decision-making within CSTO, at consolidating the Organization’s capacities in responding effectively to crisis situations.
As underscored in the UN Millennium Declaration, one of the most serious obstacles in fighting poverty, misery, hunger, growth of maternal and child mortality, epidemics and other problems facing humanity, are the ongoing wars and conflicts on our planet, continuing interstate, interethnic and inter-religious confrontations.
We can see the proof of this reality in the case of long-suffering Afghanistan where the hostilities have been going on for as long as thirty years.
We now have every reason to assert that for a relatively short period of time, Shanghai Cooperation Organization formed in 2001 has become an influential international organization of modern geopolitics.
Distinguished representatives of foreign countries and guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
First of all, allow me to cordially welcome the participants of the 43rd Annual Meeting of ADB Board of Governors, the representatives of high-profile international organizations and all guests who have arrived in Tashkent.
It is a great honor for us that the capital of our country has been first among those in Central Asia and Caucasus as a venue to hold this critical event, and we would like to express our sincerest words of gratitude to the governments of ADB member-states who took the decision.
Transcript of the address by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr Islam Karimov at the formal dinner in honor of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am tremendously honored to welcome you, dear Secretary General and the high-profile delegation of the United Nations Organization, on the ancient and hospitable land of Uzbekistan, and express my deep respect for the Organization.