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UN: Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the remit of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in central Asia. [HL342]

The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, headed by ambassador Miroslav Jenca, has been charged by the UN Secretary General inter alia to liaise with the governments of the region and, with their concurrence, other parties concerned on issues relevant to preventive diplomacy; to carry out activities relevant to conflict prevention efforts in the region; to maintain contact with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation and other regional organisations; to provide a political framework and leadership for the preventive activities of UN country teams in the region; and to ensure relative to central Asia a comprehensive and integrated analysis of developments in Afghanistan. Full details of the centre can be found on its website at www.unrcca.unmissions.org.

My honourable friend the Minister for Europe met Miroslav Jenca on 26 November 2009 when he was able to have a wide-ranging discussion about the work of the centre.