Turkmenistan is hosting the International Conference “Rational use of water resources - key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”
On November 5-6, 2019, the International Conference “Rational use of water resources – key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” was held in the hotel “Yildiz” of Ashgabat which gathered more than 60 experts from 10 countries of the world. The representatives of nine international and regional organizations which are implementing the projects in the field of water resources management took part in the work of the conference.
The State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan initiated the hosting of the given Conference. The Global Water Partnership provided assistance and practical support in the arrangement of this international meeting.
The participants of the Conference reported on the attainments and achievements of their respective countries, shared experience gathered and determined the most pertinent vectors of expanding and deepening regional cooperation in the scope of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal 6 - ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. A number of reports of the Conference were dedicated to the measures realized by the countries of the region on reaching the target 6.5 which aims to implement the integrated water resources management at all levels by 2030, including the trans- boundary cooperation whenever applicable.
The discussions on the role of the water partnership at the national and regional levels in assessing the progress of resolving this issue took place. In the result of the discussions held, the participants formulated the ideas on strengthening regional cooperation, as well as enriched their understanding of the role and opportunities of each party engaged in the process of implementing the principles of integrated water resources management.
Upon completion of the main programme of the Conference, the participants visited the objects equipped with water saving technologies. The hosting country also prepared a cultural programme for the esteemed guests, during which they found an opportunity to visit the Turkmen “Alabay” dog breed nursery-garden in Ak-Bugday region where they witnessed how carefully and passionately the Turkmen people preserve their traditions and national cultural heritage.
THIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELDTHIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELD
On the 21st of October, 2020, the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates was held through videoconferencing. The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, while the Emirates side was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
After exchanging warm greetings and highlighting the high dynamics of development of bilateral relations, the Ministers started to discuss a number of key issues in political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres. The high level of trustworthy dialogue between the leadership of two countries was underlined. It was also specifically noted that the high-level contacts play the primary role in further promotion of interstate ties.
The Ministers reiterated the importance of cooperation between the external policy agencies of the two states. Emphasizing that at present year the 25th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates has been reached, the parties expressed satisfaction with the results of the work accomplished during the past period. Special accent was made on collaboration within international organizations, including the UN, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement. Gratitude expressed to the Emirates side for the support of Turkmenistan’s Neutrality and the initiatives of the state in the area of energy and ecological security, sustainable transport, sport and others. As is known, Turkmenistan is calling for the advancement of peaceful dialogue, emphasizes the role of preventive diplomacy and adheres to the “open door” policy. In this regard, the Turkmen side noted the significance of the UN General Assembly resolution declaring 2021 as the Year of International Peace and Trust initiated by the President of Turkmenistan. It was especially noted that Turkmenistan will be glad to welcome representatives from the UAE on the occasion of the relevant events planned for the upcoming year.
Speaking about the threats and challenges of the present, the parties noted the significance of strengthening international cooperation in combatting the global pandemic. The Ministers exchanged views on further steps for overcoming the social and economic impacts of the pandemic on world scale.
The trade and economic relations between the two countries were thoroughly discussed. The interest of both states in expanding the spectrum of cooperation between the governmental and private entities, as well as the enhancement of the investment climate was expressed. An exchange of views took place on the application and development of transport potential of Turkmenistan and the UAE. It concerned the issue of setting in motion the maritime, railway and air transport, application of port infrastructure for the promotion of bilateral and multilateral trade and economic relations. In this regard, the importance of the World “EXPO-2020” was stressed, in which Turkmenistan intends to take active part. It was noted that Turkmenistan is open for cooperation on the implementation of the energy and infrastructural projects, particularly the construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
The parties underlined the importance of “green economy” and exchanged views on the use of stable energy, advancement of innovative technologies and expert knowledge in the field of renewable energy. In this regard, the interest of Turkmenistan in expanding collaboration in the framework of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was expressed.
The Ministers discussed the issues of cultural and humanitarian scope and spoke for the strengthening of practical cooperation in the area of science, education, culture and sport.
In the end of the session, the parties expressed satisfaction with the successful work of the current meeting and spoke for the upkeep of active work of the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates for the coming future.
Upon the outcomes of the talks, Protocol of the Third Session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.
ONLINE DIPLOMATIC COURSES ON THE TOPIC "NEUTRALITY OF TURKMENISTAN - FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE, STABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" STARTED IN ASHGABAT
On October 21, 2020, at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, a three-day online diplomatic courses for young diplomats of foreign countries on the topic "Neutrality of Turkmenistan - for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development", organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, have started.
More than 30 diplomats from 13 countries of the world, in particular from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkey, Belarus, Austria, the USA, Hungary, the Republic of South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, Armenia, China take part in these courses.
As is known, these courses, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan, are aimed at increasing the participants' awareness of this status of the state, its role in the implementation of foreign policy.
On the opening day of diplomatic courses, the Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan J.Gurbangeldyev made an opening speech, who noted Turkmenistan's commitment to expanding political and diplomatic dialogue with the countries of the world within the framework of the policy of positive neutrality of the state. He expressed hope that these courses will allow diplomats from different countries of the world to learn more about the specifics of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which, under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is taking important steps to achieve peace, stability and sustainable development in the world and in the region.
On the first day of the course, the rector of the International University for Humanities and Development, as well as the mentors of Turkmen diplomacy - Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan, who teach young Turkmen diplomats the basics of diplomatic service, delivered lectures.
The lecturers spoke about the intricacies of Turkmen diplomacy and the foreign policy of Turkmenistan, carried out in accordance with the principles of permanent neutrality, which calls for peace, mutual understanding and objective interstate relations.
Leading diplomats, specialists from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the teaching staff of specialized universities of the country have been invited to deliver lectures in the online format, who will comprehensively cover novice diplomats on the above topics, as well as talk about the features of Turkmenistan's neutrality.
The program is very busy. Participants of online courses will immerse themselves in lively discussions and will be able to ask questions to experts of Turkmen diplomacy. Young diplomats of foreign countries will be aware of such topics as “The history of the Turkmen model of neutrality and its successful implementation”, “Turkmenistan and the United Nations - interaction on the humanitarian line”, “Energy, transport and environmental diplomacy of Turkmenistan” and others.
Tomorrow, on October 22, diplomatic courses for young diplomats of foreign countries will continue at the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia, where the leaders of the Center will speak.
The courses will run until October 23 inclusive.
SPORTING EVENTS DEDICATED TO THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PERMANENT NEUTRALITY OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS
On October 21, 2020, a two-day sporting tournament among the diplomats has started in the Olympic village of Ashgabat dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The tournament is held in such sports, as the billiards and tennis.
The representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, as well as the heads and representatives of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan are participating to the sporting events.
As is known, comprehensive work is being implemented in the country under the leadership of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the advancement of physical culture and sports, promotion of health lifestyle which has a favorable effect on the human health. The necessary conditions are created for the regular physical training and sport.
"PREVENTIVE DIPLOMACY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF TURKMENISTAN'S NEUTRALITY" - PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN
Turkmenistan is one of the states of Central Asia - a region that today attracts more and more attention of the world community. Here geopolitical and geo-economic interests of many countries of the world are intertwined. Realizing this, Turkmenistan, under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, actively participates in processes aimed at strengthening peace, stability, sustainable development and mutual understanding between the peoples of the region, which is of no small importance for achieving universal peace and progress.
One of the important partners of Turkmenistan in this regard is the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), established in accordance with the decision of the UN General Assembly with the support of neighboring states and members of the Security Council in 2007. The headquarters of this unique structure is located in Ashgabat.
The effectiveness of preventive diplomacy has been tested by time. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the role and importance of the activities of the UNRCCA in his video address to the participants of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. Turkmenistan actively supports the work and initiatives of this Center, which has done a lot since its inception, in particular, in promoting political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction between the states of the region and neighboring countries. Turkmenistan actively cooperates with UNRCCA in maintaining regional security, including the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Among the main areas of current cooperation is overcoming pressing threats and challenges, in particular the global pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
In 2020, Turkmenistan celebrates the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of the state. By maintaining friendly, impartial and mutually beneficial relations, the state has achieved a lot within this status, one of the pillars of which is preventive diplomacy.
As the President of Turkmenistan noted during his speech at the 75th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly: “Following the logic of its neutral policy to ensure regional peace, security and development, consistently unlocking the potential of preventive diplomacy, during the session, Turkmenistan intends to invite the General Assembly to consider the draft resolution “Role of Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia”.
Turkmenistan is committed to regional and international cooperation through established platforms and programs to achieve concrete results in the economy, trade, healthcare, education and science, the development of energy and transport corridors, and environmental safety. In this context, it is important to emphasize the partnership of Turkmenistan within the framework of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program and other significant structures.
Following the principles of preventive diplomacy, Turkmenistan intends to further make a positive contribution to the process of achieving peace, stability and sustainable development at the regional and international levels.
ПРЕВЕНТИВНАЯ ДИПЛОМАТИЯ - НЕОТЪЕМЛЕМАЯ ЧАСТЬ НЕЙТРАЛИТЕТА ТУРКМЕНИСТАНА» - ПРЕЗИДЕНТ ТУРКМЕНИСТАНА
Туркменистан - это одно из государств Центральной Азии - региона, который сегодня приковывает к себе все большее внимание мирового сообщества. Здесь переплетаются геополитические и геоэкономические интересы многих стран мира. Осознавая это Туркменистан, под руководством Президента Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова, активно участвует в процессах, нацеленных на укрепление мира, стабильности, устойчивого развития и взаимопонимания между народами региона, что имеет немаловажное значение на достижение всеобщего мира и прогресса.
Одним из важных партнёров Туркменистана в этой связи выступает Региональный центр ООН по превентивной дипломатии для Центральной Азии (РЦПДЦА), учрежденный в соответствии с решением Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН при поддержке государств-соседей и членов Совета Безопасности в 2007 году. Штаб-квартира этой уникальной структуры находится в Ашхабаде.
Эффективность превентивной дипломатии проверена временем. О роли и важности деятельности РЦПДЦА отметил Президент Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов в своем видеообращении к участникам 75-й сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН. Туркменистан активно поддерживает работу и начинания данного Центра, который сделал много с момента образования, в частности, в продвижении политико-дипломатического, торгово-экономического и культурно-гуманитарного взаимодействия между государствами региона и близлежащими странами. Туркменистан активно сотрудничает с РЦПДЦА в деле поддержания региональной безопасности, включая имплементацию Глобальной Контртеррористической стратегии ООН. Среди основных направлений нынешнего сотрудничества – преодоление насущных угроз и вызовов, в частности глобальной пандемии и её социально-экономических последствий.
В 2020 году Туркменистан чествует 25-летие постоянного Нейтралитета государства. Путем поддержания дружественных, непредвзятых и взаимовыгодных отношений, государство достигло многого в рамках данного статуса, одним из столпов которого является превентивная дипломатия.
Как отметил Президент Туркменистана в ходе своего выступления на юбилейной 75-ой сессии Генассамблеи ООН: «Следуя логике своей нейтральной политики по обеспечению регионального мира, безопасности и развития, последовательному раскрытию потенциала превентивной дипломатии, в рамках сессии Туркменистан намерен предложить Генеральной Ассамблее рассмотреть проект резолюции «Роль Регионального центра по превентивной дипломатии для Центральной Азии».
Туркменистан привержен региональному и международному сотрудничеству путем устоявшихся платформ и программ для достижения конкретных результатов в сфере экономики, торговли, здравоохранения, образования и науки, разработки энергетических и транспортных коридоров, экологической безопасности. В этом контексте важно подчеркнуть партнерство Туркменистана в рамках Программы Центральноазиатского регионального экономического сотрудничества (ЦАРЕС) и других значимых структур.
Следуя принципам превентивной дипломатии, Туркменистан намерен и далее осуществлять позитивный вклад в процесс достижения мира, стабильности и устойчивого развития на региональном и международном уровнях.