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22 July, Monday

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UN Secretary-General addressed participants of International Security Meeting in Ufa


UFA, 18 June 2019. /Bashinform News Agency, Ksenia Kalinina/ translated by Tatiana Aksyutina/.

On June 18, in the Ufa Congress Hall “Toratau”, the Deputy Secretary-General, Head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov read a greeting by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the participants of the 10th International Meeting of High Representatives for Security Issues. In his address, he expressed gratitude to Russia for organizing the forum and wished the participants fruitful work.

“I commend the Russian Federation for continuing this important initiative, and I am pleased to note that the main topics of this year’s meeting will be national security, sustainable development, and humanitarian response measures. These issues are of paramount importance. A deeper understanding of their connection and the development of common approaches to their resolution is crucial in the light of multidimensional, transnational threats and an increasingly complex global environment, in matters of peace and security. The United Nations will continue to intensify diplomatic efforts for the benefit of peace, paying more attention to prevention, mediation and conflict resolution”, the message says.

Besides, António Guterres believes that climate problems require an immediate solution.

“Due to the harder effects of climate change, our achievements can be negated. The global climate crisis threatens our very existence and equally concerns both security and development issues. Solving this problem requires a stronger political will. There is no time to lose. In  September this year, I convene a summit on measures in the field of climate change to encourage commitment, work out solutions, form partnerships and mobilize funds”, the message specifies.

As reported by the Bashinform News Agency, representatives of 119 states arrived in Ufa on a three-day forum. These are secretaries of security councils, ministers, presidential aides and prime ministers for national security, heads of special services. Other countries are represented at the level of their deputies or ambassadors.

Today, representatives of delegations will discuss the issue of ensuring national security and sustainable socio-economic development of states in the face of growing hybrid threats. The second day of the meeting will continue to examine the topics of international cooperation in the field of emergency humanitarian response and the prospects for its development at the present stage in the interests of maintaining strategic stability. On the third day of the conference, discussions will be held in the format of "round tables". One of them will be devoted to enhancing international cooperation in combating the terrorist ideology and countering the self-radicalization of single terrorists. The topic of another round table: "The system of international information security as a guarantor of strategic stability and equal partnership in the global information space."

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