DAYS OF KOREAN CULTURE STARTED IN TURKMENISTAN
With the opening of the Korean Film Festival on November 9, the Days of Korean Culture, held to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two friendly countries, celebrated this year, started in Turkmenistan.
Speaking at the solemn ceremony on the occasion of a significant event, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Turkmenistan Sungchul Shin emphasized the importance of this large-scale cultural event, designed to strengthen trust and mutual understanding between our peoples.
It is noteworthy that already on the first day of the Korean Film Festival, a full hall of spectators gathered, including students of the Turkmen National Institute of World Languages named after Dovletmammet Azadi, who study the Korean language, as well as numerous residents and guests of the Turkmen capital, who wished to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of everyday life of the inhabitants of the Lands of morning freshness.
Also, within the framework of the Days of Korean Culture, on November 11, the National Music and Drama Theater named after Makhtumkuli will host a presentation and tasting of popular dishes of national Korean cuisine, a show of the traditional costume - hanbok, and then a joint concert of the State Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan and the Korean quartet "Gugak", whose musicians specialize in fusion-direction, combining several musical styles at once.
The Days of Korean Culture, which included acquaintance with modern music and cinema of the friendly people, their richest traditions and customs, once again confirmed the existing interest in studying each other's cultural heritage, as well as the importance of expanding humanitarian contacts to further strengthen interstate relations.
National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan took part in parliamentary elections
Today, National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in parliamentary elections of deputies of the Mejlis, members of the Halk Maslakhaty and Gengeshes.
Early in the morning, Hero Arkadag arrived in polling station № 48 of Kopetdag district of Ashgabat city located in specialized secondary school № 68 named after Annaniyaz Artyk for voting.
The National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan, having cast his vote for the most worthy candidate, fulfilled his civic duty and realized his constitutional right.
After voting, Hero Arkadag answered questions of numerous representatives of mass media present at the polling station.
Having underlined with satisfaction that the present historical social-political event is held in accordance with generally accepted standards of international law and Constitution of our country, the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan wished success to the parliamentary elections.
President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov took part in parliamentary elections
Today, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov took part in elections of deputies of the Mejlis, members of the Khalk Maslakhaty and Gengeshes.
Early in the morning, the head of the state arrived in polling station № 48 of Kopetdag district of Ashgabat city located in specialized secondary school № 68 named after Annaniyaz Artyk for voting.
As the President of Turkmenistan noted after voting, the holding of elections at high organizational level and on a wide alternative basis as well as support of the electoral process with cultural events significantly raise the level and importance of the socio-political event taking place in the country.
The head of the Turkmen state also expressed his satisfaction with a preparatory work, which was carried out on the eve of present elections. Preliminary organizational work and necessary conditions created for voting attest to the steady development of democratic principles in the country. It also testifies to unity and cohesion of society.
UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan expand cooperation to create sustainable health systems
27 February the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan signed new projects on health to improve access to treatment of the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and enhance national capacity for clinical laboratory diagnostics.
“We are happy to note the increased collaboration between UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan on strengthening health system of the country, which demonstrates a growing trust in UNDP as a strategic partner to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, by ensuring no one is left behind,”- said Ms. Narine Sahakyan, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan.
More specifically, UNDP launched the following new joint projects to support the national efforts to strengthen the country’s health system:
The project “Provision of medicines necessary for prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases and for maternal and child health in Turkmenistan in 2023-2024”, which is aimed at strengthening the national health systems capacities to control the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), rare diseases, and improve maternal and newborn health in Turkmenistan. . The project will ensure access to free, good quality, available, affordable medicines across the country through the provision of medicines for treatment of NCDs and other diseases. This project will continue providing quality and affordable medicines initiated by the first NCD project between UNDP and MoHMI for 2020-2021. Notably, the project includes: i) the provision of medicines for rare and orphan diseases which are very costly, making the patients with the rare and orphan diseases most vulnerable to financial hardships; ii) provision of essential medicines for NCD patients, including the most vulnerable people; iii) contribute to women’s health by providing medicines for pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period;
The project “Strengthening clinical laboratory services in Turkmenistan in 2023-2024” will focus on strengthening the national health system’s capacity for clinical laboratory diagnostics of diseases. The project will support health services to ensure availability, accessibility, reliability, and most-up-to-date laboratory investigations for accurate and timely diagnosis of the most common diseases, such as common infectious, non-infectious diseases, surgery, emergency cases, maternal and child health, and other. Important to note that the project will support laboratories of primary health care which serve most of the population. The availability of lab services at the PHC level in close proximity to the place of residence, reduces gender-related barriers and ensures equal access to a full range of lab investigations for women and girls, including lab investigations during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period. The project will particularly help vulnerable people with access to lab services by reducing the cost of the services and the cost of transportation if such services are not available at PHC.
It is expected that both projects, fully funded by the Government of Turkmenistan with a total budget of around 78 million US dollars, will help Turkmenistan to contribute significantly to the achievement of the universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Ensuring Universal Health Coverage in the country and enhancing the resilience of the national health system to pandemics and acute diseases is one of the main areas of our cooperation with indeed impressive results. The volume of our past and ongoing cooperation only on health totals approximately $150 million, with the vast contribution coming from the government of Turkmenistan,” – said Ms. Sahakyan. “The remarkable achievements and outstanding collaboration between UNDP and Turkmenistan on public health have been reflected in the letters of recognition and appreciation from the UNDP Administrator and the Global Fund Executive Director addressed to His Excellency President of Turkmenistan, demonstrating readiness of UNDP and our partners to further improve national health system, leaving no one behind”.
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
A PACKAGE OF DOCUMENTS WITH UN SPECIALIZED AGENCIES WAS SIGNED AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN
Today, on February 27, 2023, the ceremony of signing documents between the ministries, state agencies, public organizations of Turkmenistan and the representative offices of the structural divisions of the United Nations in Turkmenistan - UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
During the ceremony, 26 documents were signed regarding the interaction between Turkmenistan and the UN in the field of economy, healthcare, education, mass media, as well as other important areas. Among them are joint projects for 2023-2025, as well as work plans for the current year.
These documents reflect the goals and objectives outlined in the previously signed country program documents with specialized UN structures for 2021-2025.
MEETING AT MFA OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL OF ROAD WORKERS OF THE CIS
On February 25, 2023, the Deputy minister of foreign affairs of Turkmenistan V.Hajiyev met with the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers (ICRW) of the CIS Buri Karimov.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the main areas of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the ICRW, as well as the prospects for the development of international transport corridors in the region.
An exchange of views took place on the initiative participation of Turkmenistan in the global transport dialogue, comprehensive national programs were noted aimed at modernizing the material and technical base of the transport industry, expanding existing and forming new transport and communication networks to integrate the domestic transport system into the international transport infrastructure, creating in our country large logistics centers providing regional coordination of multimodal transportation.
Issues of preparation and holding of events of the Intergovernmental Council of Road Builders were touched upon, including the upcoming 46th meeting of the ICRW, as well as the possibility of organizing an international scientific and practical conference in Ashgabat and the 6th international motor rally.
In this context, B. Karimov noted the importance of the 6th international motor rally, designed to help improve the condition and development of international transport corridors, including roads, road safety, and reduce the number of barriers to traffic and cargo.
Following the meeting, the parties agreed to continue cooperation in organizing and holding joint upcoming events.
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