Mass Cycling Training at Ashgabat Stadium Enters Guinness Book of Records
At the instruction of the head of state, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs held a cycling training at the capital’s multifunctional Ashgabat Stadium on 1 June. Representatives of Guinness World Records proclaimed the event the largest cycling awareness-raising event in the world.
The number of participants of this grand cycling campaign reached 3 thousand 246 people. They practiced cycling, and then were informed on the role of this mode of transport in the current logistical environment and on traffic rules and regulations for cyclists on city streets.
The event became a vivid reflection of this well-established innovation in Turkmenistan, where a growing number of people prefer bicycles as the healthiest and most environmentally friendly mode of transport.
The rise in such tendencies in Turkmenistan attracted attention of several foreign companies working to develop cycling infrastructures in cities. Representatives of SMOOVE French company were briefed on opportunities to introduce automated bike-share systems in Ashgabat and Avaza National Tourist Zone. In their opinion, our country managed to create perfect conditions for bicycle rides, and the city’s road infrastructure is fully compatible with cycling safety standards.
The guests noted that today, under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, sports in Turkmenistan are reaching mass levels. Being accessible to people of all ages and beneficial for health and fitness, cycling plays a special role in the lives of Turkmen citizens.
At the 82nd meeting of the 72nd session, the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution declaring 3 June World Bicycle Day, and this testified to the fact that the global community highly commends the proactive role of Turkmenistan in developing sports and mass sports movement, international cooperation in this sphere, and shaping the environmental culture of the society.
The Turkmen leader’s seriousness with regard to sports, primarily, as the best way to maintain people’s health, is reflected in the social policy consistently implemented by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov so as to improve the quality of life of the people of Turkmenistan and create all conditions necessary to bring up healthy and resilient generations.
OPENING EVENT TO LAUNCH THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PEACE AND TRUST WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT
On the 29th of January, 2021, the Opening event to launch the International Year of Peace and Trust was held in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The heads and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, deputies of the Mejlis (Parliament), chiefs of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, Rectors of the institutions of higher education of the country, Editors-in-chief of press and representatives of national mass media, as well as foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan took part in the event.
The heads and representatives of the United Nations and its structural agencies, Economic Cooperation Organization, Commonwealth of Independent States, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, as well as other regional and international organizations, and foreign mass media participated to the event via videoconferencing.
During her opening remarks, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Christine Weigand noted the importance of the International Year of Peace and Trust initiated by the President of Turkmenistan for the sake of sustaining peace, stability and mutual understanding between people which is the key to sustainable development.
In continuation of the topic, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov underlined that the unanimous adoption at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly of the Resolution declaring the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust has become a reflection of the efforts of the permanently neutral Turkmenistan calling for strengthening of the culture of peace and trust in the international relations. “Putting forward this idea, the Leader of Turkmen nation has specifically stated that it has a concrete nature and thus urged the international community to reinforce the adopted document with practical content, enrich it with real actions,” said R.Meredov. The head of the MFA of Turkmenistan underlined the significance of applying the means of diplomacy, the political dialog based on mutual understanding and cooperation in the advancement of friendly ties between countries and people and to achieve this Turkmenistan actively cooperates with the international partners.
Speaking at the opening ceremony Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalya Gherman underlined the importance of the International Year of Peace and Trust, which meant greater cohesion for the sake of peace and prosperity of the world community.
The timeliness of the International Year of Peace and Trust was also highlighted in the speech of the President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir. Thanking the Government of Turkmenistan for initiating the International Year of Peace and Trust, he underlined that in view of the global situation, the need in peace and trust is high as never before. Mr. Bozkir urged the international community to continue cooperating through political dialog and solidarity on the way to peace, security and sustainable development.
His words were complemented by the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Aksoltan Atayeva who noted the efficiency of peaceful initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan that help to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov highlighted in his speech the specific need in conducting International year of peace and trust which calls upon to activate efforts and activity on advocating the culture of peace.
In her speech the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd spoke about the importance of strengthening the culture of peace and trust.
The Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization Hadi Soleimanpour also gave a speech at the event. He highly appraised the level of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the ECO, as well as emphasized that the economic progress is inseparably linked to the security in the region and in the world, and to attain this it is necessary to strengthen trust between countries and people.
About the importance of strengthening peace and trust between countries and people has also spoke the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergey Lebedev. He highlighted the effective role of Turkmenistan in the development of friendly ties not only in the region, but also in the whole world.
The Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament Tatiana Valovaya and the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Lassina Zerbo highly appraised the role of Turkmenistan in the development of friendly and constructive ties between countries.
In turn, the President of the General Conference of UNESCO Altay Cengizer and Assistant Director-General for the Africa Department of UNESCO Firmin Edouard Matoko emphasized the timeliness of holding the International Year of Peace and Trust. They noted that the notion of peace and trust are the keystones of international cooperation.
Furthermore, the UNODC representative, Ppermanent representatives of Afghanistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Indonesia and Bangladesh at the UN have underlined the importance of conducting International year of peace and trust in the context of fully strengthening solidarity and mutual support on regional and global levels to create cohesion for addressing pressing issues of present.
During the event, the participants discussed the possibilities of holding joint events in the framework of the International Year of Peace and Trust. A constructive exchange of views and proposals on the improvement of activities on the platform of regional and international organizations for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development took place. Thus, upon the outcomes of the event, the Roadmap of the International Year of Peace and Trust was adopted.
PRESIDENTS OF TURKMENISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN TOOK PART IN THE COMMISSIONING OF A NUMBER OF JOINT INFRASTRUCTURES
Today, on the 14th of January 2021, the opening ceremony of 30 km long railway between Aqina and Andkhoy stations and the commissioning of the international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and from Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan), as well as the power transmission line from Turkmen city of Kerki to Afghan city of Sheberghan was held in participation of the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
After announcing the ceremony opened, the moderator of the event asked the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to make a speech. For this, a teleconference was established.
First, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed to the audience. His speech was listened by the participants of the event present in the “Rukhiyet” Palace of the Lebap region. The participants of the ceremony in Afghanistan, as well as in the Mary region observed the event via teleconference.
In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan said that “all three projects that have been completed in short time are united by a common meaning and goal – to give strong impulse and ensure long-term development of our countries, well-being and prosperity of Turkmen and Afghan people, assist expanded international cooperation, mutual understanding, political and social stability.” He also noted that the implementation of given projects was the result of multiyear close and constrictive Turkmen-Afghan cooperation.
Then, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who was watching the ceremony in the Presidential Palace of Kabul addressed the audience. Warmly welcoming the participants, he noted that these events have special meaning for Afghanistan and his people. Speaking about the origins of the given projects, the head of Afghanistan highlighted their importance not only from the perspective of socio-economic reestablishment of the country, but also from the prospect of regional economic integration. The head of Afghanistan expressed gratitude to the leadership of Turkmenistan for fraternal support and care about the close neighbor. He noted that Turkmenistan unites not only the countries of the region, but also of the whole world. The participants of the event listened to the address of the President Ashraf Ghani through a teleconference.
Then, the heads of railway transport, energy and communication sectors of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan made speeches. They told about the outstanding work done on the part of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan for the implementation of current infrastructures and informed about the readiness to the commissioning of railway between Aqina and Andkhoy stations, international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and from Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan), as well as the power transmission line from Turkmen city of Kerki to Afghan city of Sheberghan.
Upon the completion of these speeches, the moderators of the ceremony asked the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to give their blessings for the commissioning of the given facilities.
Thus, the participants of the ceremony saw through a teleconference how the railway carriage consisting of 20 loaded cars left from the Aqina station to Andkhoy city in festive setting.
Besides, the commissioning of the power transmission line from Kerki to Sheberghan took place through the use of special equipment. The participants of the event observed the transmission of electricity through the line that was shown on the screen by a technological imitation model.
Also, the participants of the ceremony watched the video presentation of the commissioning of the international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan).
Upon the completion of the ceremony, gratitude was expressed to the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for participation in the event.
HEAD OF THE OSCE CENTER IN ASHGABAT HELD A BRIEFING ON THE ADOPTION OF THE ASHGABAT FINAL DOCUMENT
On January 8, 2021, a briefing was held in premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan by the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Ms. Natalia Drozd. The main topic was the Ashgabat Final document, adopted on the outcomes of the International Conference "Policy of neutrality and Its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development" held on December 12 of last year in honor of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality. As known, this Document was circulated as the documents of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council.
The event was attended by Turkmen diplomats and faculty members of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
In the beginning of her speech, N.Drozd noted that the last year marked by the 25th anniversary of the international recognition of the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan was filled with important events.
She emphasized the significance of political, economic and humanitarian aspects of the policy of neutrality in strengthening the regional and global security and stability. In this context, Ms. Drozd highlighted the importance of the Ashgabat Final Document, which urges to develop the concept of neutrality and promoting the role of neutralism in international efforts to maintain peace and mutual understanding.
Also N. Drozd noted that this Document calls for the active use of the tools of preventive diplomacy, which is one of the key components of the OSCE functions. In this context, she stressed that the Organization highly appraises Turkmenistan's adherence to the principles of preventive diplomacy.
“It should be noted specifically that the Ashgabat Document welcomes the establishment of the Group of Friends of Neutrality for the sake of peace, security and sustainable development. This initiative of the Government of Turkmenistan is of particular importance, since the Group will serve as an effective platform for maintaining equal dialogue on applying the potential of neutrality in order to improve international political cooperation”, N. Drozd noted. She also expressed confidence that this Document will serve as a guideline for further joint activities.
During the briefing, the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat also emphasized the importance of the UN General Assembly Resolution declaring the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Confidence. “By initiating this Resolution, Turkmenistan reaffirmed its commitment to the use of neutrality to facilitate global efforts to promote peace and security. The resolution acquires special significance in the light of modern threats to global security”, N.Drozd added.
Head of the Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia held a press-conference
On the 6th of January 2021, a press-conference of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of the Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalia Gherman was held in Ashgabat.
The representatives of the local mass media and the journalists accredited in Turkmenistan participated to the event, including the foreign press that took part in the press-conference through videoconferencing. Among the participants, the representatives of the mass media of Azerbaijan, the Great Britain, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and other countries.
Opening the press-conference, N.Gherman congratulated everyone with the New Year and expressed gratitude for cooperation. She noted that in spite of the challenges faced by the humankind in the previous year, it was full of important events. “We marked the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan which has symbolically coincided with the historic 75th jubilee of the United Nations,” noted Ms.Gherman.
She told to the participants about the important events and achievements of 2020 and highly appraised the level of cooperation between the countries of the Central Asia in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
During her speech, Ms.Gherman highlighted the Final Ashgabat Document adopted upon the outcomes of the International Conference “Policy of Neutrality and Its Importance in Ensuring Universal Peace, Security and Sustainable Development” which was held in Ashgabat on December 12 of last year in honor of the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan. As known, the given Document was published on the official languages of the UN and circulated as the documents of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.
“It is vital to note that the role of the neutrality policy in the development of peaceful, friendly and mutually beneficial relations among the countries of the world is comprehensively stated in the Final Document. It contributes to the strengthening of international peace and security on the regional and global levels,” said Ms.Gherman.
It was also underlined that the policy of neutrality urges to use the mechanisms of preventive diplomacy which is one of main functions of the UN while preventing the conflicts and in the processes of peace building.
Also, during her speech N.Gherman underlined the importance of the resolution of the UN General Assembly initiated by the President of Turkmenistan on declaring the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust. “For us, the International Year of Peace and Trust stands as an efficient method of mobilizing the international community for actions aimed at reinforcing peace and trust in the relations among the states, in particular on the basis of political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation for attaining sustainable peace, solidarity and harmony,” added N.Gherman.
THE FINAL ASHGABAT DOCUMENT WAS DISTRIBUTED AS A DOCUMENT OF THE 75TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND UN SECURITY COUNCIL
As known, on the 12th of December 2020, the International Conference entitled “Policy of neutrality and its importance in provision of universal peace, security and sustainable development" dedicated to the 25th anniversary of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan took place in Ashgabat. The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated to the work of the Forum.
The video statements of the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr.Yousef Bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Vladimir Norov, and UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay were heard at the Conference. Upon the outcomes of the International Conference, the Final Ashgabat Document of the International Conference “Policy of neutrality and its importance in provision of universal peace, security and sustainable development” was adopted.
The Final Ashgabat Document was published on the official languages of the United Nations and was distributed as a document of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly and UN Security Council.
АШХАБАДСКИЙ ИТОГОВЫЙ ДОКУМЕНТ РАСПРОСТРАНЕН В КАЧЕСТВЕ ДОКУМЕНТОВ 75-Й СЕССИИ ГЕНЕРАЛЬНОЙ АССАМБЛЕИ ООН И СОВЕТА БЕЗОПАСНОСТИ ООН
Как известно, 12 декабря 2020 года в Ашхабаде состоялась Международная конференция «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития» в честь 25-летия постоянного Нейтралитета Туркменистана. В работе форума принял участие Президент Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов.
Также на конференции выступили с видеообращениями Генеральный секретарь Организации Объединенных Наций Антониу Гутерриш, Генеральный секретарь Организации Исламского Сотрудничества Юсеф Бен Ахмед Аль-Усаймин, Председатель Исполнительного комитета – Исполнительный секретарь СНГ Сергей Лебедев, Генеральный секретарь Шанхайской Организации Сотрудничества Владимир Норов и Генеральный Директор ЮНЕСКО Одрэ Азуле. По итогам Международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития» был принят Ашхабадский итоговый документ.
Ашхабадский итоговый документ распространен в качестве документов 75-ой сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН и Совет Безопасности и опубликован на официальных языках ООН.