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15 июля 2020 года в здании Торгово-промышленной палаты Туркменистана состоялся брифинг по итогам визита в Туркменистан консультативно-технической миссии Европейского регионального бюро Всемирной Организации Здравоохранения (ЕРБ ВОЗ).  Как известно, данную миссию возглавила г-жа Катрин Смолвуд, старший специалист по вопросам чрезвычайных ситуаций ЕРБ ВОЗ.

В брифинге приняли участие руководители и представители Министерств иностранных дел, Здравоохранения и медицинской промышленности, Сельского хозяйства и окружающей среды Туркменистана, Государственного комитета водного хозяйства Туркменистана, главы дипломатических миссий и представители международных организаций, работающие в Туркменистане, представители национальных средств массовой информации Туркменистана, а также зарубежные корреспонденты, аккредитованные при МИД Туркменистана.

Выступив на мероприятии, Министр здравоохранения и медицинской промышленности Туркменистана Н.Аманнепесов, дал высокую оценку работе миссии ЕРБ ВОЗ в Туркменистане и озвучил результаты последнего заседания Правительственной комиссии по борьбе с опасными инфекционными заболеваниями, состоявшегося 12 июля текущего года. Министр озвучил практические действия, осуществляемые в контексте дальнейшего усиления превентивных мер, нацеленных на предупреждение распространения опасных инфекционных заболеваний в стране. Данная информация была также наглядно представлена в видеоматериалах.

Далее выступила Глава странового офиса ВОЗ Паулина Карвовска.  Она выразила благодарность туркменской стороне за содействие в организации визита миссии ВОЗ и отметила усилия Правительства Туркменистана по консолидации действий в борьбе с глобальной пандемией.

Затем руководитель миссии Катрин Смолвуд поделилась итогами проделанной в Туркменистане десятидневной работы, в ходе которой эксперты посетили различные медицинские учреждения, пункты въезда, лаборатории в регионах и столице страны, встречались с медработниками, ознакомились с проводимыми мероприятиями в области эпидемиологического надзора.  Она отметила, что Туркменистан остаётся единственной страной в европейском регионе ВОЗ, где не зарегистрировано не единого случая заболевания вызванного COVID-19.  Поэтому, нужно продолжать укреплять превентивные меры, начатые в Туркменистане, добавила она.  Так, эксперты ВОЗ поделились стратегическими рекомендациями по повышению уровня готовности и мер реагирования на случай COVID-19.  

Затем выступил Министр иностранных дел Рашид Мередов. Он выразил благодарность экспертной миссии ВОЗ за конструктивную деятельность, рекомендации и предложения которые дополняют практические меры, предпринимаемые в Туркменистане по предотвращению распространения коронавируса нового типа. Была подчёркнута ключевая и лидирующая роль ВОЗ в координации деятельности международного сообщества в борьбе с COVID-19.

Р.Мередов отметил необходимость учитывать все научные исследования, включая воздействие природных факторов на возникновение и распространение различного рода опасных инфекций. В этом контексте была затронута Аральская проблематика и подход к ней Правительства Туркменистана. Ввиду географических особенностей Туркменистана, говорилось о пыльно-солевых бурях, способных переносить вредные вещества со дна высохшего Аральского моря на большие пространства, что представляет собой угрозу для жизни человека. Здесь подчеркивалась значимость продолжающихся научных исследований по изучению взаимосвязи между уровнями загрязнённости воздуха и заболеваемости отдельными видами болезней. Так, Министр отметил о начале процедур обеззараживания воздуха посредством специальной авиационной техники с целью предотвращения распространения патогенных микроорганизмов воздушным и воздушно-капельным путем.

В этом контексте, Р.Мередов еще раз призвал к сотрудничеству по линии научной дипломатии, что способствует поиску информации о происхождении особо опасных вирусов, а также разработке методов и средств лечения опасных инфекционных заболеваний и их профилактики, включая разработку вакцин. Было подчеркнуто, что приверженность Туркменистана данным целям уже отражена в присоединении страны к Платформе C-TAP и другим механизмам ВОЗ.

В своем выступлении, Постоянный координатор ООН в Туркменистане Елена Панова отметила высокий уровень сотрудничества Туркменистана со всеми структурами ООН. Отметив значимость национального Плана Туркменистана по обеспечению готовности к противодействию и реагированию страны на острые инфекционные заболевания разработанного в сотрудничестве с ООН, Е.Панова подчеркнула необходимость снижения последствий социального и гуманитарного характера, вызванных пандемией.

В заключение брифинга, стороны выразили необходимость продолжать совместную работу на благо всего человечества, путем солидарности и взаимной поддержки. 

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On July 15, 2020, a briefing was held in the premises of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan upon the results of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe consultative-technical mission’s visit to Turkmenistan.  As is known, Catherine Smallwood, Senior Emergency Officer at WHO/Europe is heading the given mission.    

The heads and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Agriculture and Nature Protection of Turkmenistan, State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan, heads of foreign diplomatic missions and representations of the international organizations working in Turkmenistan, the representatives of the national mass media of Turkmenistan, as well as foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan participated to the briefing. 

During his speech at the event, Minister of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan N.Amannepesov highly appraised the work done by the  WHO/Europe mission in Turkmenistan and voiced the results of the latest session of the Governmental Commission on Combatting the Acute Infectious Diseases which took place on July 12 of the current year. The Minister voiced the practical actions implemented in regard to further strengthening of preventive measures aimed at the counteraction against the acute dangerous diseases in the country.  This information was also visually presented through video. 

Then the Head of WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan Paulina Karwowska gave a speech. She expressed gratitude to the Turkmen side for assistance in organizing the WHO mission’s visit and highlighted the efforts of the Government of Turkmenistan on consolidating the actions in combatting the global pandemic.     

The head of the given mission, Catherine Smallwood shared the outcomes of the ten-day work done in Turkmenistan, during which the experts visited various medical institutions, points of entry, laboratories in the regions and in the capital of the country, met with the medical personnel, got acquainted with the activities in the area of epidemiological surveillance. She stated that Turkmenistan remains the only country in the European region of WHO, where no cases of diseases evolved from the COVID-19 were registered. Therefore, it is necessary to continue to strengthen the preventive measures adopted in Turkmenistan, she added. Thus, the WHO experts shared strategic recommendations on the elevation of the level of preparedness and response measures in case of COVID-19.            

Then the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov made an address. He expressed gratitude to the expert mission of WHO for constructive work, recommendations and proposals which added to the practical measures adopted by Turkmenistan on the prevention of the spread of new type of coronavirus. The key and leading role of WHO in coordinating the actions of the international community in combatting the COVID-19 was underlined.      

R.Meredov noted the necessity of taking into account all the scientific researches including the impact of environmental factors on the emergence and spread of various types of dangerous infections. In this regard, the Aral problems and approach to it of the Government of Turkmenistan were noted. Taking into account the geographic peculiarities of Turkmenistan, it was noted about the dust and salt storms which are able to transmit the hazardous substances from the dried ground of the Aral Sea along vast territories which pose threat to the health of the human being.

  Hereby, the significance of ongoing scientific researches on studying the interrelation between the levels of air pollution and special types of morbidity was emphasized. Thus, the Minister noted the start of disinfection procedures by the means of aviation for preventing the spread of pathogenic microorganisms through air and airborne droplets.     

Thereupon, R.Meredov once again called for cooperation in the field of scientific diplomacy, which can contribute to the search of information on the emergence of acute dangerous viruses, as well as develop the methods and means of curing the hazardous diseases and their prevention, including the development of vaccines.  It was underlined that the adherence of Turkmenistan to these goals is reflected in the fact that the country has joined the C-TAP Platform and other WHO mechanisms.   

In her speech, the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Elena Panova noted the high level of cooperation of Turkmenistan with all the UN structures. Emphasizing the importance of the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for Acute Infectious Diseases developed jointly with the UN, E.Panova stated the necessity of reducing the social and humanitarian impacts evolved from the pandemic.

In the end of the briefing, the parties expressed the need of continuing joint work for the sake of the whole humankind through solidarity and mutual support. 

 

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With support from the European Union, the two UN sister agencies will work with government bodies and civil society partners in six countries to challenge deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, increase men’s involvement in domestic work and childcare, and engage with potential perpetrators to prevent gender-based violence.

UN Women and UNFPA, together with the European Union (EU), have launched a three-year regional programme to tackle gender stereotypes and gender-based violence in six countries of the Eastern Partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

The programme, entitled “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together Against Gender Stereotypes and Gender-Based Violence,” ultimately seeks to strengthen equal rights and opportunities for women and men by challenging perceptions about men’s and women’s roles in the family and in society and working to eliminate gender-based violence.

“This is our first regional programme covering gender equality in the Eastern Partnership region and we are intensely proud of it,” said Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission. “We can and we will do more to develop this underused economic and social potential with our Eastern neighbours. As we emerge from the pandemic, we will propose that the future Eastern Partnership be more inclusive.”

A first of its kind, the programme has been informed by an in-depth situation analysis and intergovernmental consultations with the six countries. It is designed to engage a wide range of government bodies, civil society organizations, and individuals.

“We will work closely with governments and civil society organisations in the six countries to ensure the success of the programme,” says Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. “This work is even more crucial now as the COVID-19 crisis has put into stark relief the imbalanced distribution of responsibilities based on traditional gender stereotypes.”

The programme aims at achieving real behavioural change. It relies on strategies designed to challenge structural gender barriers and norms, with particular emphasis on transforming gender-stereotyped behaviour, strengthening men’s involvement in parenting and domestic responsibilities, increasing men’s access to parental leave, and reducing the number of people affected by gender-based violence through prevention interventions with potential perpetrators.

“During the COVID-19 crisis, we have unfortunately seen an increase in women’s unpaid care workload and in cases of gender-based violence across the six countries,” says Alanna Armitage, UNFPA Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “Our programme comes at the right time to fight these trends. We all have to work hand-in-hand to build a more just, equal, safe and secure world for all.”

The programme has a budget of €7,875,000 and is anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, launched by the United Nations in 2015, and the EU Action Plan 2016-2020 on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women Through EU External Relations. It provides a unique opportunity for the EU and the six participating countries to affect social discourse, perceptions, and practices related to gender equality with the ultimate goal of achieving gender equality and related SDGs.

For more information, please visit: https://europa.eu/european-union/

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NGOs in association with the United Nations and religious communities in the globe are raising their voices on the need to correct inappropriate persecution and human rights violation against a religious group in South Korea named Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

11 NGOs including European Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP-LC) submitted a report for “annual report for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights” to the UN Secretary General at the 44th session in the UN Assembly Human Rights Council. The report is titled “scapegoating members of Shincheonji for COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea.”

By referring to the report from United States of America Commission of International Religious Freedom, the report to the UN said, “Shincheonji was suffering harassment from the South Korean government and society. Although some government measures appeared to be driven by legitimate public health concerns, others appeared to exaggerate the church’s role in the outbreak.”

“The government of Seoul locked down Shincheonji churches in the capital, and some mainline Protestant groups have accused the church of deliberately spreading the disease,” it continued.

The report stated, “The virus cannot be an excuse to violate human rights and religious liberty of hundreds of thousands of believers. Intolerance, violence, and discrimination against Shincheonji should be put to an end.”

Religious communities initiated to issue statements to advocate improvements in the unequal treatment against Shincheonji.

"The news of Chairman Lee and Shincheonji are being singled out and blamed for COVID-19 spread and sued is deeply concerning to all faith leaders who valued freedom of religion and the protection of human rights. This adverse action shall have chilling repercussions through the religious world," said Mr. Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Chairman of Islamic Cultural Center of North America.

And Swami Vedanand Saraswati, a Hindu Spiritual Leader based in Durban stressed the tolerance and harmony. “As members of the HWPL, our primary goal is unity, equality, respect and tolerance. Only together can we overcome the enormous challenges we face. United we stand, divided we shall fall. Let us unite and support each other and stop these unwarranted attempts to tarnish pure intentions and righteous actions.”

Recently, Chairman Lee of Shincheonji Church of Jesus encouraged the members who recovered from the COVID-19 to voluntarily join in donation of plasma. Around 4,000 recovered members said they are willing to donate plasma for research on a new treatment.

He said that there has been political motives in persecution of Shincheonji Church of Jesus and HWPL (a peace NGO) by “using us (Shincheonji), the victims of COVID-19, as their scapegoat in order to hide their own faults.” He added, “Persecuting peace organizations, religious organizations, and violating human rights must be stopped in Korea.”

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