In Kyrgyzstan, UN secretary-general speaks on importance of governance for sustainable development

UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev at a joint press conference on June 11 (

BISHKEK (TCA) — Underscoring the importance of accountable and inclusive governance and institutions for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on June 11 called for public services in Kyrgyzstan to be more responsive, efficient and collaborative, the UN News Centre reported.

“Public service is a critical component for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) […] we need to pioneer new approaches, work differently, take risks and innovate,” Secretary-General Guterres said at the Taza Koom Conference on Public Service in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

“We need governance that is capable of delivering results and earning public trust; governance that is coherent and accountable; governance that is inclusive and that listens to all the country’s citizens; governance that upholds human rights and leaves no one behind,” Guterres said.

The Taza Koom (Clean Society) is a project that seeks to transform digital technologies and e-governance in Kyrgyzstan to improve not only the way the State and the administration function, but also the way the people can benefit from new technologies and the impact on their lives.

The UN chief also spoke of the need to fight corruption to ensure effective and accountable public services, and highlighted the need for mechanisms that not only support people but also includes the poorest and the most vulnerable, so that they are able to not only define their needs but also to be a part of the efforts in ways to address those challenges.

“As the President said, it [is] clear that ‘Taza Koom’ can be a way to empower the poorest and the most vulnerable,” said Mr. Guterres, noting that the UN would continue to assist the country in these efforts.

Earlier on June 11, Secretary-General Guterres held a meeting with Almazbek Atambayev, the President of Kyrgyzstan.

Speaking to the media at a press conference, alongside the President, Mr. Guterres hailed the country’s efforts for democracy, rule of law and protection of human rights, as well as a vibrant and active civil society.

“I am also sure that Kyrgyzstan will play a very important role in what I hope will be future developments in Central Asia for better cooperation, better integration among the different countries and peoples of [the region] to guarantee its prosperity and its development,” he said.

Also on June 11, Mr. Guterres took part in the commemoration of the June 2010 events in Osh, where he laid a wreath at the Mother’s Tears monument and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the inter-ethnic violence as well as solidarity with the people of Osh, Jalal-Abad and all other places where the violence broke out.

“The Mother’s Tears [monument] should remind all of us that societies in the world are becoming multiethnic, multireligious, multicultural and that must be seen as a positive thing. It is a richness, not a threat,” he said, underscoring: “Diversity needs to be cherished, not condemned.”

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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