TURKMENISTAN ELECTED TO THE POST OF VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
In the period from 20 to 21 April 2021, a meeting of the 69th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was held in Geneva. The event brought together representatives at the level of ministers and deputy ministers from UNECE member countries to exchange best practices in the field of circular economy and set its course over the next two years.
During the high-level segment on the topic "Encouraging the development of a circulating economy and sustainable use of natural resources in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe", the Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan M. Serdarov made a speech on behalf of the Turkmen side.
In his speech, Minister M. Serdarov noted that the transition to a circulating economy based on maximizing added value will be possible if control over reserves of natural resources is strengthened and a sustainable balance of renewable resources is observed to preserve and maintain natural capital at an inexhaustible level.
On April 21, 2021, in the afternoon, elections were held for the post of Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the Commission from among the UNECE member states.
By unanimous decision, the following countries were elected as Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the UNECE for the period 2021-2023: Chairman - Republic of Austria; Vice-Chairmen - Swiss Confederation and Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan makes another step forward in global climate action
The Government of Turkmenistan approved the updated Nationally Determined Contributions for the submission to the Council of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to enhance its climate ambition in accordance with the recommendations set out in Article 4.4 of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of Turkmenistan demonstrates the country's ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the commitments under the Paris Agreement and in support of global efforts to tackle climate change.
This strategic national document in the field of climate change, developed by the Government of Turkmenistan in close collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), sets out a plan to prevent dangerous climate change, with the long-term goal of keeping average global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and attempting to limit the temperature increase to 1.5° to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The planned reduction of emissions in the new NDC is a confirmation of the ambitious goal of Turkmenistan, which intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030. This goal remains the highest of all possible ambitions that Turkmenistan can achieve by implementing measures to reduce GHG emissions in such sectors as energy, transport, agriculture, industrial processes, and product use (IPPU), waste, as well as by using co-mitigation benefits from adaptation measures to climate change.
The UNDP Country Office supported the development of updated NDC and will make its efforts to achieve the goals set out in the presented NDC and its national priorities for the implementation of integrated low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions to join the global efforts on saving the planet.
“The adoption of the Nationally Determined Contributions by Turkmenistan demonstrates country's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement,” – noted Ms. Narine Sahakyan, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan. “UNDP stands ready to continue providing global expertise and technical support to ensure effective implementation of country’s NDCs to address the challenges of climate change”.
NDC stands for Nationally Determined Contributions and represent the targets that each country has set to join the global efforts in tackling climate change, focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and plans to adapt to the challenges of a changing climate.
These targets were established following the Paris Agreement on Climate Change - the first legally binding international treaty on climate change, which was signed by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris on 12 December, 2015 and entered into force on 4 November, 2016.
Every five years, countries submit new and more ambitious targets, playing their part in helping the world achieve global goals.
The first NDC of Turkmenistan was submitted to the UNFCCC in October 2016.
Turkmenistan ratified the UNFCCC in 1995 and the Paris Agreement in 2016 and actively takes part in international efforts to combat climate change.
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan aim to strengthen inter-parliamentary dialogue
Chairman of the upper house of the Parliament of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discussed with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev topical issues of strengthening strategic partnership between the countries, the press service of the Head of the Republic of Uzbekistan reports.
During the conversation, the sides paid special attention to the development of fruitful inter-parliamentary dialogue both in bilateral and regional formats.
Mirziyoyev congratulated Berdimuhamedov on the successful holding of important international events in Ashgabat – the first Interparliamentary Forum of Central Asian countries and Russia, as well as the Dialogue of Women of Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation. The Head of the Republic of Uzbekistan supported the proposal of the Chairman of the People's Council of Turkmenistan to give the forum a regular character.
The interlocutors also exchanged views on the international agenda, including the issue of promoting peace and security, as well as the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan and the UAE held video talks
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov held talks with UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh. The meeting took place on Monday via video link.
The diplomats noted the high level of confidential dialogue between the top leadership of the two countries and discussed constructive interaction within the framework of international organizations, primarily the UN, speaking in favor of continuing partnership in the implementation of peace-loving initiatives, the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry reports.
The Foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan and the UAE assessed the trade and economic relations between the two countries and expressed interest in expanding business and investment ties.
The issues of preparation for the next meeting of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the UAE, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, were considered. Its agenda will include partnership issues in such areas as the textile industry, fuel and energy complex, investment, ecology and food security, education, science and culture.
A meeting with the Director General of the US Foreign Service was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
On Sunday, Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov held a meeting with Director General of the Foreign Service of the US Department of State Carol Perez and First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson. The meeting was attended by US Ambassador Matthew Stephen Klimow.
According to the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry, the meeting discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, touched upon regional and global issues, including climate change, on the topic of which the parties called for more active interaction.
The diplomats substantively discussed the state and prospects of trade and economic relations between Turkmenistan and the United States, noting the role of the Turkmen-American Business Council.
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN HAD A MEETING WITH THE DIPLOMAT FROM THE UAE
On May 11, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a meeting with the diplomat from the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al Ariki.
During the meeting, the parties discussed important aspects of bilateral cooperation in trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
Having underlined the need to prepare the conforming materials, the sides discussed the issues of preparation and holding the next meeting of the Joint Committee for Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates, which is scheduled to take place during current 2022 year in Abu-Dhabi.