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A new partnership initiative to support primary health care launched in Georgia.

"Focusing and improving Georgia's primary healthcare is one of our top priorities" - Czech Ambassador to Georgia H.E. Petr Mikyska said at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Czech Development Agency (CzechAid) and UNICEF Georgia. The Memorandum was signed by the Ambassador on behalf of the Czech Development Agency and the Director of UNICEF Georgia Mr. Ghassan Khalil. Mrs. Tamar Gabunia, First Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, witnessed the signature.

Within the framework of the Memorandum, the Czech Development Agency and UNICEF unite their forces to support the strengthening of primary health care in Georgia, expanding the original CzechAid project (focused mainly on the adult population) to children, youth and maternity. The project was conceived in close cooperation with Georgian authorities, reflecting the urgent needs in this field.

In total, 46 primary health care facilities will be covered by the project, including 146 village doctors and nurses in Dusheti and Zugdidi municipalities. Project duration is from May 2020 till June 2023, with total funding by the Czech Government via CzechAid of 1.25 million EUR and UNICEF contribution of 70 000 USD with future expansion of around 85 000 USD.

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11 августа 2020 года в формате видеоконференции состоялось совещание министров иностранных дел Диалога «Центральная Азия+Япония».

На встрече, которая прошла под эгидой МИД Японии, приняли участие главы внешнеполитических ведомств пяти центральноазиатских стран.

В рамках конструктивной беседы высокопоставленные дипломаты обсудили региональное сотрудничество, а также слаженное взаимодействие между странами ЦА и Японией с учетом распространения новой коронавирусной инфекции в глобальном масштабе.

В ходе выступлений была особо констатирована эффективность данного формата разносторонней кооперации, основывающегося на принципах взаимного роста, солидарности и всесторонней поддержки по ключевым направлениям взаимовыгодного партнерства.

Министр иностранных дел Туркменистана Р.О.Мередов, выразив признательность руководителю МИД Японии за инициативу организации данной министерской онлайн-встречи, особо отметил своевременность совещания.

Без сомнения, с момента создания Диалога «Центральная Азия + Япония» в 2004 году данный формат многостороннего взаимодействия получил существенное развитие. Значительно расширилась тематика дискуссий в рамках этого формата, которая сегодня охватывает актуальные вопросы обеспечения международной и региональной безопасности, устойчивого развития, создания благоприятных условий для эффективных торгово-экономических связей, активного обмена в культурно-гуманитарной области.

Как отметил глава МИД Туркменистана, в этих условиях, когда мировое сообщество ведет безотлагательную борьбу против новой инфекции, данный формат общения, объединяющий государства Центральной Азии как важного региона планеты и Японию, не может оставаться в стороне от решения острейшей проблемы, с которой столкнулось человечество. В данном контексте нынешний диалог министров иностранных дел дает возможность для обмена мнениями о сложившейся в мире сложной ситуации и путях ее преодоления.

Основываясь на необходимости разработки глобального ответа вызовам современности, целесообразным является активизация процесса консолидации усилий стран в деле противодействия пандемии.

В этой связи, туркменская сторона выступила также с инициативой разработки в рамках Диалога «Центральная Азия + Япония» Программного документа, включающего в себя основные принципы солидарной деятельности государств-участников в борьбе с инфекцией нового типа и конкретные меры, нацеленные на предупреждение и лечение заболеваний, вызываемых ею.

Руководитель внешнеполитического ведомства Туркменистана, также выразил особую благодарность японской стороне за готовность предоставить грантовый проект в области медицины в рамках программы Официальной помощи в целях развития Министерства иностранных дел Японии.

Туркменские медики высоко оценивают знания и опыт, полученные в ходе проведения многочисленных многосторонних и двусторонних видеоконференций с ведущими японскими специалистами.

В настоящее время постоянный обмен знаниями и информацией по методам лечения и профилактике инфекционных заболеваний, медицинским технологиям, препаратам и оборудованию, средствам индивидуальной защиты в целях всестороннего задействования механизмов научной дипломатии приобретает огромное значение.

Как известно, за годы партнерства в рамках данного формата страны-участницы определили ряд областей многостороннего взаимодействия, включая такие сферы как безопасность, экономика, культура. Реализация совместных проектов в этих направлениях остается актуальной задачей на ближайшую перспективу.

В рамках совещания, министры обменялись мнениями касательно повестки дня предстоящего 8-го совещания Диалога «Центральная Азия+Япония». В частности, были обсуждены возможности разработки и принятия Концепции партнерства государств Центральной Азии и Японии в области безопасности, разработки новой Платформы для развития экономического партнерства, подготовки и обсуждения Дорожной карты по вопросам сотрудничества государств-участников в области высоких технологий, а также подготовки Программы сотрудничества между странами-участницами в социально-культурной сфере.

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On August 11, 2020, a special online meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue had been held.

The meeting, which was held under the auspices of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, was attended by the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of five Central Asian countries.

As part of a constructive conversation, high-ranking diplomats discussed regional cooperation, as well as well-coordinated interaction between the CA countries and Japan, taking into account the spread of the new coronavirus infection on a global scale.

During the speeches, the effectiveness of this format of diversified cooperation, based on the principles of mutual growth, solidarity and comprehensive support in key areas of mutually beneficial partnership, was especially noted.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.O. Meredov, expressing gratitude to the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry for the initiative to organize this ministerial online meeting, especially noted the timeliness of the meeting.

Undoubtedly, since the establishment of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue in 2004, this format of multilateral interaction has developed significantly. The topic of discussions within this format has significantly expanded, which today covers topical issues of ensuring international and regional security, sustainable development, creating favorable conditions for effective trade-economic ties, active exchange in the cultural-humanitarian field.

As the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan noted, in these conditions, when the world community is fighting an urgent struggle against a new infection, this communication format, which unites the states of Central Asia as an important region of the planet and Japan, cannot remain aloof from solving the acute problem faced by humanity. In this context, the current dialogue of the Foreign Ministers provides an opportunity for an exchange of views on the complex situation in the world and ways to overcome it.

Based on the need to develop a global response to the challenges of our time, it is advisable to intensify the process of consolidating the efforts of the countries in countering the pandemic.

In this regard, the Turkmen side also took the initiative to develop, within the framework of the "Central Asia + Japan" Dialogue, a Program document that includes the basic principles of solidarity activities of the participating States in the fight against a new type of infection and specific measures aimed at preventing and treating diseases, caused by it.

The head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan also expressed special gratitude to the Japanese side for their readiness to provide a grant project in the field of medicine within the framework of the Official Development Assistance Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

As is known, Turkmen doctors highly appreciate the knowledge and experience gained in the course of numerous multilateral and two-way videoconferences with leading Japanese specialists.

Currently, the constant exchange of knowledge and information on the methods of treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, medical technologies, drugs and equipment, personal protective equipment for the full use of the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy is of great importance.

It is known that over the years of partnership within the framework of this format, the participating countries have identified a number of areas of multilateral interaction, including such areas as security, economy and culture. The implementation of joint projects in these areas remains an urgent task for the near future.

During the meeting, the ministers exchanged views on the agenda of the upcoming 8th meeting of the "Central Asia + Japan" Dialogue. In particular, they discussed the possibilities of developing and adopting the Concept of partnership between the states of Central Asia and Japan in the field of security, developing a new Platform for the development of economic partnership, preparation and discussion of the Roadmap on cooperation of the participating states in the field of high technologies, as well as preparation of the Program of cooperation between the participating countries in the socio-cultural sphere.

 

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On August 10th, 155 youth groups with one million members from 62 countries around the world sent a joint letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN affiliates, including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The joint letter contained a request for recommendations to stop discrimination against Shincheonji Church, a new Christian denomination headquartered in South Korea, and a UN ECOSOC-affiliated organization named Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL).

The representative of this letter, the director and founder of FREE WATCH AFGHANISTAN, Mobeenullah Aimaq, said that he agreed with the UN's concern for the persecution of minorities and vulnerable groups as well as human rights violations that continue to occur in the pretext of fighting the coronavirus. To solve this problem, he proposed a joint letter to young people around the world to appeal to the international community.

He strongly urged that the Korean Government should knock off the prosecution of Shincheonji Church and HWPL in South Korea. "Prosecuting Shincheonji Church and HWPL should be immediately stopped so that the international reputation of the government, known as a proponent of peace in the globe, will be saved," he added.

In the letter, they reported the several acts of unfair discrimination and oppression of the Korean government and the media against these organizations by citing the concerns of UN Secretary-General regarding "disproportionate effects on certain communities, the rise of hate speech, and the targeting of vulnerable groups".

According to the report, there have been over 5,500 instances of human rights abuses of members of the Shincheonji Church during this period of the ongoing pandemic. Among the cases include two female members’ death in suspicious circumstances. Many of these victims are promising young people who are now facing increased discrimination in workplaces and schools, violence at home, and even forced deprogramming.

The letter highlights that the members of Shincheonji Church are also victims who were unfortunately infected with the virus despite following the government's guidelines related to the pandemic.

Furthermore, the unprecedented custody investigation against 89-years-old Chairman Man Hee Lee of Shincheonji Church and HWPL was recently determined. The charters of these two groups have been revoked by the government and they have been subject to rigorous tax investigations. Those in leadership positions within the organizations also have been taken into custody for questioning.

In the Korea Times column titled “Can unpopular sect expect justice?”, Michael Breen, CEO of Insight Communications, referred the current investigation into Shincheonji Church as a “witch-hunt” by saying that Shincheonji is a safe target for politicians and others who comment in public since it is unpopular.

In the joint letter, they urged that cases of human rights, social and religious repression, such as the ones occurring in South Korea, must be put to an end in order to build "more effective and inclusive solutions for the emergency of today and the recovery for tomorrow."

 

Press Release of the Department of Public Relations

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and the Restoration of Light

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