HIGH-LEVEL EVENT “2022 SDG MOMENT” TOOK PLACE AT THE UN HEADQUARTERS

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 20 September 2022 14:45

On September 19, 2022, the delegation of Turkmenistan took part in high-level event “2022 SDG Moment”. The event was organized to give impetus to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN leadership, world leaders, Goodwill Ambassadors, as well as the representatives of state and private sectors, academic circles and civil society attended the event.

Opening the event, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted, that at present he world faces various conflicts and climate catastrophe, mistrust and division, poverty, inequality and discrimination, unemployment and massive displacement, rising food and energy prices, consequences of the global pandemic and lack of funds to finance recovery measures in developing countries.

To overcome multiple crises, according to the UN, it is necessary to ensure the transition to renewable energy sources, reform food systems and increase digital connectivity, as well as invest in human capital.

The President of the 77TH General Assembly Csaba Körösi, echoed Mr. Antonio Guterres’s words, and said that it was timely and more necessary than ever to “re-dedicate ourselves to the SDGs” as the world falls behind.

Speaking at the event Goodwill Ambassadors and other personalities noted that time is running out, as we are nearly halfway to the 2030 deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and invited Member-states and world leaders to take specific actions to tackle climate change and boost sustainable development.

Transport connectivity is critical for the future of our countries – UN Secretary General

Published in World
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 15:04

Transport connectivity is critical to the future of our countries, in particular to reduce the cost of trade and improve access to global markets, promote the integration of economies and people, and achieve the SDGs.

This was stated by UN Secretary General António Guterres in his address to the participants of the Ministerial Transport Conference of Landlocked Developing Countries “Ashgabat Process: Funding for Better Connectivity”.

– For various reasons, today there are great obstacles to improving the transport interconnection of landlocked countries-Guterres said. The large number of border crossings, complex transport and border procedures, and restrictions imposed by the pandemic have resulted in costs and delays.

– We must work together to return transport to its previous path of development,” the UN Secretary General said. – For landlocked countries, this need can be addressed through a roadmap that describes the activities and the cost-effectiveness of the activities.

Guterres called on the participating countries of the Avaza conference to use innovation and technology to achieve the set goals, as well as join forces to ensure sustainable transport and real interconnection of landlocked countries.

THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN RECEIVED THE FIRST DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Published in Society
Tuesday, 07 June 2022 19:35

On June 6, 2022, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received the First Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chairperson of the UN Sustainable Development Group, Ms. Amina Mohammed.

Turkmenistan became the first country of the Central Asian region, which was visited by a high-ranking representative of the UN as part of a working trip undertaken to participate in the upcoming Second International High-Level Conference "Water for Sustainable Development" in Tajikistan.

Expressing gratitude for the time devoted to the meeting, the guest conveyed warm greetings from UN Secretary General António Guterres and noted that she was very glad to have the opportunity to visit independent neutral Turkmenistan, which is not only one of the most dynamically developing states on the planet, but also a long-standing, reliable partner of the United Nations Organization in the Central Asian region.

Having cordially greeted Ms. Amina Mohammed, the head of state conveyed his best wishes to the UN leadership. As noted, Turkmenistan attaches particular importance to cooperation with major international organizations, primarily with the UN, which is a time-demanded platform for conducting a productive and effective dialogue on topical issues of our time.

During the meeting, the interlocutors exchanged views on the state and prospects for the development of long-term fruitful cooperation, evidence of the effectiveness of which are dozens of projects implemented in various fields. They also discussed possible areas of joint work within the framework of the Agenda for Sustainable Development for the period up to 2030, which is closely related to the key goals and objectives outlined in the National Program for the socio-economic development of Turkmenistan in 2022-2052.

Ms. Amina Mohammed expressed the deep interest of the organization she represents in further deepening and steadily building up the traditional partnership that meets the interests of the well-being of all mankind and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Saying goodbye, the Head of the Turkmen state and the First Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina Mohammed, head of the UN Sustainable Development Group, exchanged mutual good wishes, expressing confidence in the successful continuation of a constructive dialogue built on a long-term and mutually trusting basis .

GLOBALink | UN chief sends video message for opening of Beijing Winter Olympics

Published in CHINA
Friday, 04 February 2022 18:49

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every Olympian and Paralympian to carry forward the Olympic spirit in a video message for the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

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António Guterres: "The status of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan will contribute to strengthening peace and security in Central Asia"

Published in World
Monday, 14 December 2020 11:19

As part of his speech at the International Conference "Policy of Neutrality and its Role in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, congratulating the leadership of Turkmenistan and the entire Turkmen people on the glorious date, emphasized that by adopting this resolution the General Assembly recognized the status of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and expressed the hope that it will contribute to strengthening peace and security in Central Asia.

The leadership of the United Nations also expressed gratitude to Turkmenistan for hosting the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia since 2007 and supporting its activities.

The UN Secretary General also expressed his gratitude to Turkmenistan for recognizing the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations system will continue to provide unwavering support to Turkmenistan in its efforts to achieve these goals.

Антониу Гутерриш: «Статус постоянного нейтралитета Туркменистана будет способствовать укреплению мира и безопасности в Центральной Азии»

В рамках своего выступления в ходе международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития», Генеральный секретарь ООН Антониу Гутерриш, поздравив руководство Туркменистана и весь туркменский народ со славной датой, особо подчеркнул, что, приняв эту резолюцию, Генеральная Ассамблея признала статус постоянного нейтралитета Туркменистана и выразила надежду, что он будет способствовать укреплению мира и безопасности в Центральной Азии.

Руководством Лиги Наций была также выражена благодарность Туркменистану за то, что он с 2007 года принимает у себя Региональный центр ООН по превентивной дипломатии для Центральной Азии и поддерживает его деятельность.

В выступлении Генсека ООН также звучали слова признательности в адрес Туркменистана за признание важности Целей устойчивого развития. Система Организации Объединенных Наций будет и впредь оказывать непоколебимую поддержку Туркменистану в его усилиях по достижению этих целей.

China announces concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 as Xi addresses WHA session

Published in World
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:51
BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 including providing international aid and making the country's COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when available.
 
Xi made the announcement as he addressed the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) via video link.
 
"China will provide 2 billion U.S. dollars over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries," Xi said.
 
China will work with the United Nations to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China, ensure the operation of anti-epidemic supply chains and foster "green corridors" for fast-track transportation and customs clearance, he said.
 
Besides, China will establish a cooperation mechanism for its hospitals to pair up with 30 African hospitals and accelerate the building of the Africa CDC headquarters to help the continent ramp up its disease preparedness and control capacity, said Xi.
 
"COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good," said the president.
 
"This will be China's contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries," he added.
 
Moreover, China will work with other G20 members to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative for the poorest countries, Xi said, adding that China is also ready to work with the international community to bolster support for the hardest-hit countries under the greatest strain of debt service so that they could tide over the current difficulties.
 
The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO. The 73rd session of the WHA, scheduled from Monday to Tuesday, is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic.
 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), its agenda was condensed only to essential issues, such as COVID-19 and the executive board members selection.
 
Currently, COVID-19 has hit over 210 countries and regions, affected more than seven billion people around the world and claimed over 300,000 precious lives.
 
"China stands for the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind," said Xi, adding that China takes it as its responsibility to ensure not just the life and health of its own citizens, but also global public health.
 
China has all along acted with openness, transparency and responsibility in the fight against COVID-19, said Xi, adding that the country "has done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need."
 
Noting that "nothing in the world is more precious than people's lives," Xi urged all countries to put the people first and do everything they can for COVID-19 control and treatment.
 
He expressed China's staunch support to the WHO, calling on the international community to increase political and financial support for WHO so as to mobilize resources worldwide to defeat the virus.
 
"At this crucial juncture, to support WHO is to support international cooperation and the battle for saving lives as well," Xi said.
 
Xi called on the world to provide more material, technological and personnel support for African countries, saying that "helping them build capacity must be our top priority in COVID-19 response."
 
Furthermore, Xi said the international community must strengthen global governance in the area of public health.
 
"China supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19 after it is brought under control to sum up experience and address deficiencies," said Xi.
 
"This work should be based on science and professionalism, led by WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner," he added.
 
He also proposed to restore economic and social development and strengthen international cooperation.
 
Noting that the mankind is facing the most serious global public health emergency since the end of World War II, Xi said "solidarity and cooperation is a sure way through which we, the people of the world, can defeat this novel coronavirus."
 
He called on the international community to work as one and make concerted efforts to protect the life and health of people in all countries, safeguard planet Earth and build a global community of health for all.
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and leaders from other countries addressed the opening via video link, expressing their support to the WHO and multilateralism, as well as enhanced joint efforts in the global fight against COVID-19.

MEETING IN THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UN AND ITS STRUCTURAL AGENCIES WORKING IN THE COUNTRY

Published in World
Monday, 27 April 2020 20:09

On April 27, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov held a meeting with the representatives of the United Nations and its structural agencies working in Turkmenistan.

The meeting was focused on the main topic of the recent telephone conversation between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.

As the chief of the external political agency has mentioned, the President of Turkmenistan and the UN Secretary-General reiterated the high level of cooperation, as well as discussed the urgent matters of the international agenda, particularly the social and economic situation in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.  In this regard, the parties considered the opportunities for the perfection of collaboration by strengthening joint efforts.  Thus, the Turkmen side is ready to present its experience and possibilities for the resolution of problems and is designing a National plan under the auspices of the UN.      

Based on the aforesaid, Minister underlined the need to intensify cooperation with all the UN structures functioning in Turkmenistan for the implementation of the goals voiced by the Head of State that are aimed at overall wellbeing.   

The representatives of international organizations highly appraised the actions of the Government of Turkmenistan, as well as the openness of the country and its commitment to establish the international mechanisms in the field of healthcare, food security, and transport. It was stated that the given telephone conversation serves as a vivid proof of friendship, trust and mutual understanding between Turkmenistan and the UN. 

It was emphasized that Turkmenistan, being an active member of the UN intends to cooperate further with its international partners for the search of effective resolutions and approaches to the challenges and threats of modern times.

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