Representatives of a number of ministries and departments of our country, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Ministry of Justice, as well as the “Türkmengaz” State Concern take part in the first round of negotiations on the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), held in videoconference format by the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels (Belgium).
Earlier, the states - members of the Energy Charter Conference submitted their proposals for updating the Treaty. During the current meeting of the working group on the modernization of the ECT, the parties continued to discuss the main provisions of the draft of this document.
Among the main topics of discussions are the protection of investments in the energy sector. The meeting participants discussed a wide range of issues, including the role of the Energy Charter Treaty in creating an international investment regime, the specific features of investing in a new transit cross-border energy infrastructure, legal and commercial aspects of regulating partnerships between countries and other participants in energy projects.
In particular, it was underlined the importance of adapting the ECT to the modern requirements of the global energy sector, developing uniform rules that are obligatory for all participants and minimizing the risks associated with financial investments and energy trade.
In this context, it was emphasized the constructive nature of the initiatives put forward by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the aim to establish a new global architecture of energy security, which today stands as the most important factor in the sustainable development of states, global peace and stability.
Currently, the ECT that unites dozens of countries in Europe and Asia, is the only multilateral agreement that addresses complex political, economic and legal problems associated with energy transit, including through interstate gas pipelines and power lines.
For Turkmenistan, which has initiated a number of major international projects in this area, these issues are of great importance.
The Appeal of the January Conference in honor of neutrality is recognized as the document of the 74th session of the UN General AssemblyMonday, 17 February 2020 17:29
As is known, this year Turkmenistan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of gaining the status of permanent neutrality of the country. Since the beginning of the year, both in the country and abroad, conferences, forums, and exhibitions have been organized at various levels.
So, on January 14 of this year, the International Conference “Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development” was successfully held in Ashgabat, in which President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated.
The event was also attended by numerous representatives of international organizations, journalists and diplomats, who found an opportunity to discuss the importance of the policy of neutrality in terms of promoting peace, stability and security in the world.
The conference ended with an Appeal by its participants to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. This Appeal was recognized as a document of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly and published in the official languages of the UN.
PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “TURKMENISTAN AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: COOPERATION FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT”
On January 14, 2020, the International Conference “Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development” dedicated to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan in the year of 2020 marked by “Turkmenistan – Home of Neutrality” has started in Ashgabat.
The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated to the ceremonial opening of the International Conference.
The representatives of respected international organizations arrived to Ashgabat to attend the Conference. Also, the heads and representatives of the Government of Turkmenistan, regional executives of international organizations, including the UN, OSCE, EU, World Bank, EBRD, ADB and others, as well as the chiefs of diplomatic corps accredited in Ashgabat and representatives of local and foreign mass media participated to the event.
Speaking at the opening of the Conference, the President of Turkmenistan noted that Turkmenistan has chosen the model which has gained the name - Positive Neutrality and formulated its fundamental principles: peace-loving, noninterference in the affairs of other governments, respect of their sovereignty and territorial unity, nonparticipation to the international military organizations and pact. He added that Turkmenistan became a reliable ally and effective partner of the United Nations in the process of preserving and sustaining political stability in the region, developing good neighborly relations, friendship and cooperation.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Ms. Natalia Gherman, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Ms. Elena Panova, Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Ms. Natalya Drozd, Charge d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Turkmenistan Mr. Lubomir Frebort, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia Ms. Ashita Mittal, Officer-in-Charge of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski, and the Director of UNHCR Regional Office Ms.Yasuko Oda gave speeches during the Conference.
During the speeches, the unique character of the policy of Neutrality of Turkmenistan was stated which is implemented under the leadership of the Leader of nation and aimed at the attainment of global missions on sustaining stability, economic growth and security exclusively by peaceful means with the support of coordinated actions of all the participants of the international community.
In the framework of the Conference, the Annual Action Plans for 2020 were signed between the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the State Committee for Statistics and UNFPA, between the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Office of Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, between the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, between the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, as well as the Annual Joint Action Plan for 2020 in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Representation of the United Nations on cooperation in coordination of preparedness and response to emergency.
The work of the International Conference “Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development” will continue in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in the format of plenary sessions.
Turkmenistan is hosting the International Conference “Rational use of water resources - key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”Wednesday, 06 November 2019 17:03
On November 5-6, 2019, the International Conference “Rational use of water resources – key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” was held in the hotel “Yildiz” of Ashgabat which gathered more than 60 experts from 10 countries of the world. The representatives of nine international and regional organizations which are implementing the projects in the field of water resources management took part in the work of the conference.
The State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan initiated the hosting of the given Conference. The Global Water Partnership provided assistance and practical support in the arrangement of this international meeting.
The participants of the Conference reported on the attainments and achievements of their respective countries, shared experience gathered and determined the most pertinent vectors of expanding and deepening regional cooperation in the scope of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal 6 - ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. A number of reports of the Conference were dedicated to the measures realized by the countries of the region on reaching the target 6.5 which aims to implement the integrated water resources management at all levels by 2030, including the trans- boundary cooperation whenever applicable.
The discussions on the role of the water partnership at the national and regional levels in assessing the progress of resolving this issue took place. In the result of the discussions held, the participants formulated the ideas on strengthening regional cooperation, as well as enriched their understanding of the role and opportunities of each party engaged in the process of implementing the principles of integrated water resources management.
Upon completion of the main programme of the Conference, the participants visited the objects equipped with water saving technologies. The hosting country also prepared a cultural programme for the esteemed guests, during which they found an opportunity to visit the Turkmen “Alabay” dog breed nursery-garden in Ak-Bugday region where they witnessed how carefully and passionately the Turkmen people preserve their traditions and national cultural heritage.
14th International Silk Road Conference will be organized in Tbilisi, Georgia, October 11-12, 2019. Gathering of top professionals in the fields of Politics, Journalism, Economics, Public Administration, Law, Business, Technology, and History will cater for a wholesome environment dedicated to practices, challenges and opportunities we are experiencing in a globalized world.
The conference will provide its distinguished participants with a unique chance to initiate discussion on important global and regional events and urgent problems.
The conference is open to local as well as international participants. SR-2019 is hosting 78 papers from 16 countries.
This year’s conference is co-organized by the following institutions:
• International Black Sea University, Georgia
• Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia
• Vistula University, Poland
• Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Georgia
• Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
• Caucasus University, Georgia.
The working language for the conference is English, Georgian and Russian.
The conference strives to bring about valuable output on Politics, Journalism, Economics, Public Administration, Law, Business, Technology, and History.
How to Stand Out on Georgia’s Profitable Gambling Market? Leading Experts to Discuss Best Practices at Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference
On October 18, Tbilisi will host a practical event called Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference (GiAC). Gambling operators, advertisers, marketing specialists, affiliates, and webmasters will share their experience in current earnings on gambling.
The conference aims to unite online and offline casinos as well as to provide conditions for contacts and experience exchange in order to earn more, carry out legal operations, avoid penalties, and expand businesses.
Live communication with core industry experts is the best way to improve yourself and your business within a single day: you will discover how to establish a casino in Georgia, find investments, increase the customer flow, and obtain traffic sources.
The program includes the following:
How to make an attractive online offer.
Levon Nikoghosyan, entrepreneur and developer. He founded PartnerMatrix, a user-friendly software for affiliates and agents: with API integration, flexible rights adjustment, automatic payments, built-in reports, and analytics.
How to attract players to your casino among other million venues. Affiliate marketing strategies with a focus on betting affiliate website and organic SEO.
Nikola Minkov, entrepreneur. He dealt with SEO until it became a mainstream. He has founded Serpact in order to help businesses to sell their services via content. Serpact has implemented 700 client projects since 2012.
Amendments in laws and regulation of Georgian gambling business. How to run business legally, avoid penalties, and earn more on your own activity.
Teona Shiukashvili has been issuing permissions for establishing casinos for more than 10 years. Currently, she is the Head of Gambling Business Regulation Division at Georgia Revenue Service.
Must-see: panel discussion with practicing online and offline casino experts. Review of tools aimed at user attention.
Shota Amiranashvili, President of the Association of casinos in Adjara. Briefly about 13-year experience in land-based casinos.
Giorgi Gvenetadze, Head of Product Marketing Department at adjarabet.com. A bet on youth and a creative approach to business allowed Adjarabet to conclude an agreement for $132 million with Paddy Power Betfair. They allowed Giorgi to win in the Marketing Category at Cannes Lions Georgia 2019.
The party, as well as the whole event, is organized by Smile-Expo, an international company that has been holding business and high-tech events for 13 years.
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019.
Venue: The Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel.
Only 20 Business tickets left at the early bird price. Hurry up, the price will be increasing.
There will be no video recording of presentations and no online streaming.
Early in April, about 700 people from various sectors in the society such as educators, leaders of politics and religions, women and youth groups, global peace activists, and journalists gathered in Pentagon Events in Bucharest to discuss the practical approaches for realizing peace through peace education.
With the title of ‘The role of teachers for peace education’, 2019 Peace Education Conference was an event that presented the progress of the peace curriculum customized for European background and the direction of developing a culture of peace backed by international law for peace.
Planting the value of peace to the students, Peace Education
“This is a very complex subject. But just like all journey starts with a first step, raising the awareness of peace should be done for the most basic level. Through this education, children understood that they have the power to do good acts on their level. They can actually change their lives and the lives of their family in the future. I try to make them see the importance of the value of respect, helping others, and tolerance that create better students as righteous adults,” said Mr. Dumitru Marius-Gabriel, a teacher of 1 Mai Technical High-school of Ploiesti, who has operated the peace education.
“Working with HWPL for this project brought me much joy and fulfillment because I could blend my normal lessons with the message of peace. I realized how important it is for us, teachers, to become a role model of our students. I’d like to add this peace education exists to create a peaceful world for future generation to cease all wars. Furthermore, this education should spread not only to our students but to all the students everywhere. They are the future of our peace,” he added.
One of the distinguishing aspects of this education was the collaboration between a local organization and an international NGO to proceed with the curriculum. The teachers belong to Master Peace, a local Romanian youth group, have carried out the peace education. And the curriculum and materials for peace education were provided by an international peace NGO called HWPL.
According to the official of HWPL, the peace education is designed with the aim of to leave peace as a legacy to the future generations by raising the awareness of the importance of realizing peace and fostering a culture of peace. It recently provides the books, which contains the worldwide peace activities and peace agreements that HWPL has carried out, to the schools and libraries to encourage every citizen to participate in peace work.
As a part of peace initiatives, more than 200 educational institutions in 21 countries including Romania, Republic of South Africa, India, Israel, Kosovo, the Philippines are designated as HWPL Peace Academies to train the educators and students with the value of peace beyond boundaries, races, and religions.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said “As you can see the name of our organization, “Heavenly Culture” refers to the highest culture from heaven above worldly cultures that can realize peace by harmonizing all the people in the world. Even if you are born in a family or in a country with great wealth, you may feel infernal when there’s no peace in your family or your country. The first start is important, so the peace education should start from the family, and then to the schools and society. Everything you see, hear, feel, and learn should be engaged with peace education. We can call it practical peace education. And it starts with the mindset that we can achieve peace. HWPL aims to create a world like this. That’s the reason why we designed the peace materials and textbooks under several times of advice so that we send the materials to every educational institute to help encourage peace education.”
Since last year, Romanian schools and organizations including Comuna Sotrile College, 1 Mai Technical High-school of Ploiesti, and Master Peace have signed MOUs for further participation-based peace education and activities that customized for European culture using the peace materials provided by HWPL
Spreading a culture of peace with peace education, yet needs a legally binding international framework for peace
“What HWPL is proposing is the new way of seeing topics such as anti-bullying, non-violent communication, and collaborative activities that are very important currently in the Romanian educational system. The HWPL peace curriculum emphasizes the value of tolerance, care, social equality, peace, justice, cooperation, solidarity, and human right that can create a culture of peace. It helps us define peace and its value that would lead the students to the leaders of peace. I’d also like to stress that the students should be peace messengers and work for realizing peace with this systematic peace education.” Maglan Isabe, a student of Mihai Viteazu National College, expressed her impression of the HWPL peace education.
Mr. Dragomir Marian, President of Master Peace, said “My belief, that made me work with HWPL with its peace education curriculum, is that education in personality, skill, value, and attitude is important for social, economic, and political development in any country. This role is well articulated in the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” No. 4 containing a quality education for all to promote lifelong learning. This is also shared by the article 10, “Spreading a culture of peace”, in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) which mentions that education is important to promote respect and mutual understanding among different religions, ideologies, and ethnic groups.”
The DPCW consisting of 10 articles and 38 clauses addresses principles of conflict resolution and international cooperation for peacebuilding such as respect on the international law, peaceful dispute settlement, and spreading a culture of peace. Currently, it is in the process of submitting this declaration as a resolution to the UN in order to develop it into a legally binding document, while citizens around the world are supporting it by participating “Peace Letter Campaign”.
“Articles 1 to 5 of the DPCW deal with preventing conflicts, articles 6 and 7 are about resolving conflicts, and articles 8 to 10 present the measures for the sustainable peaceful global society. This declaration is different from existing clauses of international law because it offers a comprehensive solution and compassing principles for conflict resolution according to the international order,” said Mr. Young Min Chung, Director of the IPYG.
“The future is counting on us to complete the world of peace. Let’s take what we’ve learned from the peace education and put it into our lives as peace citizens. World peace can be achieved with the DPCW that will lay the foundation of international law toward world peace. I invite you all to join the “Peace Letter Campaign”.” He urged for the participation for establishing a legally binding international framework for peace based on the DPCW.
The conference held in April 2nd was hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under UN ECOSOC, organized by Master Peace, a youth group of Romania, and sponsored by International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).
WHO European High-Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases has successfully completed in AshgabatThursday, 11 April 2019 11:33
On the 10th of April 2019, the WHO European High-Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases “Meeting non-communicable disease targets to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe” has successfully ended in Ashgabat.
During the second day of the session, the participants spoke about the significance of strategic partnership between the countries and international organizations, particularly with the UN agencies and non-governmental entities. In this context the necessity of providing equal access to innovation technologies, appropriate data on the national and interregional level was mentioned.
The issues related to the consequences of tobacco smoking and alcohol use in the process of preventing and controlling the non-communicable diseases were discussed. Particularly, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and further development of plans in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals were discussed. Here, the effective input of Turkmenistan in the development of relevant programmes was noted.
The matters related to child obesity, malnutrition and oncological diseases were distinctly considered. During the speeches, the need to strengthen the cooperation on the preparation of preventive measures, gathering of statistical information and adjustment of rapid response systems in terms of NCDs was stressed.
Special significance was attached to the matters of equal access and cost acceptability of the medicines and medical devices used to prevent and treat the non-communicable diseases. The participants mutually agreed that these issues must be taken into consideration during the development of national healthcare programmes and systems of any country.
Summarizing the results of the Conference, the key officials of the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization expressed gratitude to the Turkmen side for assistance in hosting such significant event, which contributes to the mobilization of efforts on assisting the prevention and control of the NCDs, thus contributing to the overall task on protecting the rights of all people to have the best state of health. The Address on the outcomes of WHO European High-Level Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases devoted to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was recited.
On the 9th of April 2019, the WHO European High-Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases “Meeting non-communicable disease targets to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe” has started in the “Yildiz” hotel of Ashgabat city.
The heads and representatives of the Ministry of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, European Regional Office of the World Health Organization, as well as the responsible representatives working in the sphere of healthcare from around 50 countries across the world, including the employees of international organizations, representatives of local and accredited in Turkmenistan mass media participated to the event.
During the opening ceremony, the Minister of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan gave a speech and read the Congratulatory Message of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed to the participants of the WHO European High-Level Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.
Then the video address of the Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was shown to the participants of the Conference where he noted valuable contribution of Turkmenistan in the implementation of WHO international initiatives and wished to the participants of the Conference fruitful work.
Then Dr. Piroska Östlin, Acting Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization made an address. Highly appraising the long-term cooperation of the WHO with Turkmenistan, the guest has presented to the Turkmen side a Certificate for Valuable Input of Turkmenistan in Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases.
During the first day of the session, the representatives of relevant agencies of Turkmenistan, as well as the European Regional Office of WHO gave speeches at the event. It was noted that the adoption in 2013 of Ashgabat Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020 has become a milestone event for European region. This Document has affirmed the main regulations and obligations in the area of controlling the NCDs and became a vector in perfecting the healthcare systems, strengthening the monitoring of NCD programmes, including the preventive measures and preparation of plans on the national level.
In addition, the participants spoke about the work done up to the current time by the WHO member-states and partners which contributed to the attainment of positive results on the control of NCDs on global level, thus making an input in the process of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030.
As the result of the first day of the Conference, a briefing was organized for the political scientists and the stakeholders. During the event, the participants received information on the activities realized by the WHO in cooperation with Turkmenistan in the sphere of prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Tomorrow, on the 10 of April 2019, the WHO European High-Level Conference will continue its work.
Georgia will host NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019. For the first time, NATO-Georgia joint exercise, in its planning and execution phase, will be commanded by the Georgian Defence Forces.
During three days, the final details of the planning were discussed by the representatives of NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO member and partner countries and Georgian side at NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC).
The Final Planning Conference of NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 was concluded by the Commander of Train and Military Education Command of the Georgian Defence Forces Colonel Grigol Chelidze and summarized the results of the event.
NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 will be conducted at NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC). 23 NATO member and partner countries already expressed their willingness to participate in the event. During the exercise the Georgian military personnel will develop skills in planning NATO operations using computer simulations. The exercise will be conducted within the frames of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package and contribute to the enhancement of Georgia’s interoperability with the Alliance.