Fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Opens in Shanghai

20 May 2014

imageUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon greets Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan at the Conference. (UN photo)

The opening ceremony of the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) was held on 20 May 2014. The high-level event was attended by the United Nations Secretary-General, 11 Heads of State, and delegations from 40 countries and international organizations.

The two-day Conference will be themed around increasing dialogue, mutual trust, and collaboration to build a new Asia. China, which will assume the CICA presidency from 2014 to 2016, is expected to play a more important role in leading the regional body in its efforts to promote peace and development in Asia.

The Secretary-General discussed China’s presidency of the summit, remarking, "I have great expectation in China's leadership and vision in leading this CICA process … I hope through this CICA summit, the leaders of the Asia-Pacific region will be able to promote more harmonious [development] through dialogue."

Against the backdrop of the complex security situation in the region, Asian countries will strive to address challenges and threats in both traditional and non-traditional security fields. Through CICA, participating countries hope to inject fresh vitality into solving long-standing issues, including establishing stability in Afghanistan and reaching agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme.