EARTH DIALOGUES 2013: ROZA OTUNBAYEVA


Closing Panel and Geneva Earth Dialogues Declaration

Former President of Kyrgyzstan

Roza Otunbayeva currently heads the Roza Otunbayeva Initiative International Foundation.

She held the role of Deputy Head of Government and Foreign Minister of the Soviet Kyrgyz Republic before being invited to the Soviet Foreign Ministry in Moscow and later working as President of the Soviet National Comission of UNESCO.

After 1991, Roza Otunbayeva returned to the newly independent Kyrgyzstan to serve as Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. She was the first Kyrgyz Ambassador to the United States and Canada, and later to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

During 2002-2004 she worked as Deputy Head of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in peacekeeping mission to Georgia before returning to Kyrgyzstan to take an active role in democratic changes of the country. In 2007 she was elected to the Kyrgyz Parliament and led the opposition fraction until April 2010. As result of the 7 April Revolution, Roza Otunbayeva became a Head of the Interim Government leading the transition from an authoritarian to a parliamentary democracy. She served as President of the Kyrgyz Republic from July 2010 until December 2011, providing the first peaceful transition of political power in the whole region.

Roza Otunbayeva holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Moscow State University.

For more information about Roza Otunbayeva, visit the Club of Madrid website.

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