16th South Caucasus Media Conference - Strengthening media freedom and safety of journalists in a changing environment
The 16th South Caucasus Media Conference titled "Strengthening media freedom and safety of journalists in a changing environment" will be held in Tbilisi on 9-10 October 2019.
The conference will gather participants from Armenia and Azerbaijan and Georgia representing the public authorities, media, journalists' associations, civil society, academia, and international experts to discuss the issues of the regulatory frameworks, safe working environment, and new media technologies.
The event will offer four plenary sessions providing an overview of media freedom developments in the region, as well as focus on news creation, quality journalism and distribution of media in the age of digital reporting; the safety of journalists offline and online in times of political change; and the regulatory environment for media freedom and media pluralism.
The working languages will be English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation.
The event will take place at the Hotel Marriott Courtyard Tbilisi.
OSCE REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON COUNTERING TERRORIST FINANCING AND TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME
On May 11, 2021 OSCE Regional Conference on Countering Terrorist Financing and Transnational Organized Crime was held. The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance and Economics of Turkmenistan in cooperation with the OSCE Transnational Threats Department (TNTD).
OSCE participating States from Central Asia and from other parts of the OSCE area, senior experts from the academia, private sector and civil society, as well as from the United Nations and other relevant international and regional organizations were invited to participate in the conference.
During the presentations, the participants noted the need for further expansion of cooperation between the OSCE participating states for a timely response to the challenges and threats of our time.
Within the framework of the conference, the experts presented international experience in the field of countering the financing of terrorism, noting the important role of strengthening cooperation and information exchange between all stakeholders from the public and non-governmental sectors. During the hands-on exercises, the participants discussed in groups case studies related to the investigation of terrorist financing cases by the efforts of financial and criminal intelligence.
THE DELEGATION OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE MEETING OF THE OSCE COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION
On April 14, 2021, in a hybrid format, a meeting of the OSCE Committee on the Economic and Environmental Dimension was held on the topic "Biodiversity and security - the consequences of environmental degradation for security, including the reduction of biodiversity." The meeting was attended by the adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Ambassador M. Akmuradov.
In his speech, M. Akmuradov informed the participants about the policy of Turkmenistan to save the Aral Sea and improve the ecological and socio-economic situation in the region.
In particular, he noted that Turkmenistan, being a supporter of a systematic approach to solving the issues of the Aral Sea problem at the national, regional and international levels, for decades has been carrying out a number of practical measures aimed at ensuring a high level of environmental conditions in the country.
At the same time, Turkmenistan is consistently promoting in the international arena initiatives and proposals aimed at consolidating the efforts of the countries of the region and the international community to address the overall Aral Sea problem.
Further, the diplomat informed the participants in detail about the experience of Turkmenistan in improving the ecological state of the Caspian Sea and creating conditions for sustainable development of the region.
We should provide important assistance to the conflict-affected population and enact an instrument needed for a dialogue and de-escalation of the conflict - the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office
"Georgia is a strong partner of OSCE in resolving conflicts, as well as within the OSCE concept of security encompassing 3 dimensions”- the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde said following her meeting with the Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani.
According to the Swedish diplomat, Georgia and OSCE should play an important role in establishing peace and security in the region. She reaffirmed strong support for Georgia’s constructive participation in this significant effort.
Ann Linde stressed that active engagement in Russia-Georgia conflict resolution process is one of the key priorities of the Swedish chairmanship of OSCE.
In her words, the challenges facing the European security should be resolved by adhering to OSCE principles and commitments, as well as through dialogue and engagement. “OSCE has long been playing an important role in Georgia through its active engagement in the Geneva International Discussions and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism. We hope that we can provide an important assistance to the conflict-affected population and enact an instrument needed for a dialogue and de-escalation of the conflict and strengthen the democratic institutions of Georgia” - Ann Linde said.
According to Ann Linde, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, Co-chair of the Geneva International Discussions, Annika Söder will play an important role in this regard.
Within the framework of her visit to Georgia, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office will hold meetings with the Georgian President, Salome Zourabichvili, Speaker of Parliament, Archil Talakvadze, the Georgian PM, Giorgi Gakharia. Ann Linde is also to visit the village of Khurvaleti.
All responsibility for the Gakheladze case rests with Russia taking its aggressive actions to overweigh in importance the international support for Georgia – Lasha DarsaliaSpeaking about the occupation regime’s sentencing of illegally detained Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to 12 years and six months in prison, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia described this step of Russia as a provocation and part of the Hybrid war.
According to him, Russia never takes such steps spontaneously. Rather, it is following its own plan. “The maximum escalation of the situation is part of the hybrid war Russia is waging against Georgia and this war has its foreign-political and domestic dimensions” – the Deputy Minister said.In the words of Lasha Darsalia, Russia’s political message to both Georgia’s foreign partners and internal audience is that however great the pressure on Russia, it will in any way continue its spiral of destructive steps. Besides, one of the key goals of the hybrid war is to impose nihilism and “create a false impression that Russia is on the winning side and that Russia will never pay the price of its destructive actions”.
According to Lasha Darsalia, by undertaking aggression and attempts of destabilizing the situation, Russia tries to overweigh in importance the international support for Georgia and the fact that the Russia-Georgia conflict is currently one of the key items on the international agenda. The Deputy Minister added that “this support is further reaffirmed by the fact that the OSCE Chairman-in-Office discussed the issue of Georgia during his visit in Russia, the U.S. Secretary of State also mentioned Georgia in his conversation with Lavrov. I’d also like to recall up to 70 international resolutions and reports recently adopted, including on the human rights situation in the occupied territories, and most importantly, the Strasbourg Court’s judgment holding Russia responsible for the occupation of the Georgian territories and exercising effective control there, on the one hand, and on the other, for grave human rights violations taking place on the ground, which means Russia’s responsibility for ethnic cleansing” – Darsalia said.
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan took part in the OSCE Ministerial Council
On December 3, 2020, the 27th meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) began in the format of a videoconference, in the capital of the Republic of Albania, Tirana.
The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov.
The agenda of the meeting is very busy. On the first day of the meeting, the addresses of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and the President of the Organization's Parliamentary Assembly were heard. The report of the OSCE Secretariat was also presented to the attention of the participants. This was followed by plenary sessions, during which the heads of delegations, heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the OSCE participating States and the partner countries for cooperation made statements.
The parties assessed the current level of cooperation in political, economic, environmental and humanitarian directions in the OSCE area. Special attention was paid to security issues, protection of human rights and freedoms, and the fight against the global pandemic. The need to strengthen the work of the OSCE through closer coordination and cooperation, improved strategic planning and openness to reform was emphasized.
Speaking at the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reaffirmed Turkmenistan's commitment to multifaceted cooperation with the OSCE. The participants were presented with specific proposals to improve cooperation on the OSCE platform, in particular, in the field of social, economic, environmental and energy security.
"Our country will continue to make every effort to establish the principles of international law, the ideals of humanism, justice, tolerance, mutual respect as factors that determine modern relations between states," R. Meredov said.