As one of the leaders of Kyrgyzstan’s Tulip Revolution (2005), former President Roza Otunbayeva played a key role in its development and success. The revolution ultimately led to the consolidation of a new parliamentary system in Kyrgyzstan and according to international observers, to the first truly free elections to be held in the country and in greater Central Asia.
Otunbayeva is also the former Foreign Minister and head of the parliamentary caucus for the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan. In the late 1980’s she served as Head of the Soviet delegation to UNESCO in Paris and later as the Soviet Ambassador to Malaysia. Former President Otunbayeva also became Kyrgyzstan’s first ambassador to the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Future of Central Asia
President Otunbayeva and Mr De Santis discussed at length the future of Central Asia and the future role of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in playing an active role in the international community of nations.
Each of these countries have an enormous amount of natural resources and a collective GDP of $166 Billion and population of 65 million people. The individual republics have each been crafted a different path, but within the collective margins of the region, issues of economic difficulties and general stability are problems that can be solved.
Kyrgyzstan is possibly the most progressive of these independent countries. Future challenges in the region include solidifying institutional democracy, upholding human rights, equally distributing wealth and having a more open and transparent system of governance. If reforms are not made in these varying areas of governance then dissent and radicalisation is likely to arise.
Gold Mercury’s Global Agenda
In the meeting, Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis presented Gold Mercury’s programme for 2013, including Glogo – The Global Governance Monitoring System which will be launched in 2013 – to former President Otunbayeva. Glogo offers a new framework for understanding our world and provides a global governance model that is based on cooperation, improved global synergies and advancements in global sustainability.
“Glogo is a project that aims to transform our view of the world and educate us as global citizens to see the world with a new mind-set. A more sustainable vision of our world”, said former President Roza Otunbayeva.
Part of Gold Mercury’s research agenda for 2013 includes projects that are aimed at improving the public’s understanding of how the European Union is a bastion of stability in the world and how by advancing global banking governance and culture, future systemic failures can be avoided.
In relation to these aims Gold Mercury will release ground-breaking reports and recommendations. On Global Public Health Governance, Gold Mercury is working with the Global Virus Network, founded by Robert Gallo (the co-discoverer of the HIV virus) in order to increase global cooperation in virology research and raise awareness about the necessity of global collaboration in combating global epidemics.