MARCH 4, 2022

Here is the text of the video message of the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, for the Conference on Central Asia Cooperation and the United Nations Joint Plan of Action for the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and virtually today today:

This conference on cooperation in Central Asia reminds us of the importance of uniting in the fight against terrorism and realizing common values ​​such as peace, human rights and social progress for all.

When people do not see these values ​​reflected in their daily lives, division and extremism grow. Poverty, violence and insecurity create fertile ground for terror to take root and spread. The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan is a tragic example.

The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy has paved the way for comprehensive, integrated and principled efforts to address the security challenges of the 21st century. I commend Member States in Central Asia for adopting the first regional counter-terrorism strategy, the Joint Plan of Action, 10 years ago. And for their close cooperation with the United Nations in bringing it to life in all phases of the Joint Action Plan project. This includes anchoring efforts in the rule of law and human rights – and protecting and promoting the rights of women and young people.

My New Agenda for Peace — proposed in my report on Our common program — recognizes that we cannot address the challenges of terrorism and security without concerted action on development and human rights for all. We need societies defined by mutual trust, hope and respect for human rights. Not fear, mistrust and terror.

As you continue to implement your joint action plan, let us continue to work to help provide the security, prosperity and hope that every person in Central Asia deserves.

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