On August 22, 2020, the tenth meeting of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan of sixth convocation took place in the format of a videoconference.
The heads of profile ministries and departments of the country, as well as the representatives of the mass media participated to the session. During the session, the drafts Resolutions of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan on adopting a number of laws and joining various important international legal documents, including the modernization of the legislative base of the country were considered.
In the framework of the meeting, the draft Resolutions of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan “On Ratification of the Amendment to the 2016 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,” “On Joining the 1999 Agreement on the Protection of Afro-Eurasian Migratory Wetland Birds,” “On Joining the 1983 Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals,” “On Ratification of the Protocol on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context to the 2018 Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea,” “On Ratification of the 1975 European Agreement on Main International Traffic Arteries, on Ratification of the 1985 European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines,” “On Ratification of the 1991 European Agreement on Important International Combined Transport Lines and Related Installations,” “On Ratification of the European Agreement supplementing the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic,” “On Ratification of the European Agreement supplementing the 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals,” “On Ratification of the Protocol on Road Markings to the European Agreement supplementing the 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals,” “On Joining to the 2013 Marrakech Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled,” “On Joining to the 1961 International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations” have been considered.
The drafts Resolutions on joining the international legal documents submitted for consideration at the successive session of the Mejlis of sixth convocation were unanimously approved and adopted.
The Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan took part in the two-day 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, organized online by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in partnership with the Austrian Parliament and the United Nations.
Strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, which is aimed at solving urgent problems of our time, is an important component of the political and diplomatic activities of Turkmenistan in the world arena.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), established more than 130 years ago and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, includes about 180 national parliaments and 13 regional parliamentary structures. In addition, a number of international parliamentary organizations obtained the status of IPU associate members.
The current forum anticipated the main part of the 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held in Vienna, Austria. The meeting was attended by more than 200 parliamentarians and experts from around the world, representatives of authoritative international organizations.
Addressing the conference participants, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underlined the importance of consolidating the efforts of the parliamentary community to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, address global health, climate and economic problems, and take effective measures to mitigate socio-economic consequences caused by pandemic coronavirus infection.
The forum participants discussed a wide range of important political issues. Among them are strengthening of inter-parliamentary cooperation, confronting the global challenges of the time and promoting the Development Agenda for the period up to 2030.
The reports on the best world experience in implementing gender equality, empowering women, enhancing the participation of young people in political and parliamentary activities were presented during the forum.
Particular attention was paid to the urgent measures that need to be taken in connection with the climate changes, as well as labor migration. A special event was dedicated to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
The conceptual approaches of our country to the above aspects of international life were clearly formulated in the official speeches of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the sessions of the UN General Assembly and other high forums.
The importance of the initiatives put forward by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the establishment of an international Council of medical scientists, enhance of cooperation between scientists and specialists, and provision of conditions for the regular exchange of views of experts in various specialized fields in solving global problems related to the spread of viruses and microbes was underlined during the video forum.
The Declaration, which is consonant with the general theme of the Conference: the parliamentary leadership for a more effective multilateralism that brings peace and sustainable development to the people and the planet was adopted on the outcomes of the forum.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
A meeting within the framework of the Human Rights Dialogue “Turkmenistan - the European Union” was heldFriday, 19 June 2020 10:09
On June 18, 2020, a regular meeting as part of the Human Rights Dialogue “Turkmenistan - European Union” was held in the form of a video conference.
The heads and representatives of relevant ministries and departments of the country, including the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, the Ombudswoman of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs and others attended the meeting.
The European side at the meeting was represented by the head and representatives of the European Service for Foreign Policy Activities, as well as the Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, issues of expanding cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law were discussed. An exchange of views took place on such issues as the development of civil society, the rule of law and judicial reform, as well as intensive interaction between the parties to reduce the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the framework of the online meeting, the participants discussed the comprehensive promotion of economic, social and cultural rights of the people in the framework of international and local documents, including the National Plan of Action for Gender Equality for 2015-2020, the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2020, the National Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings for 2020-2022, the National Plan of Action for the realization of children's rights in Turkmenistan for 2018-2022, as well as the National Strategy of Turkmenistan for the Early Development of the Child for 2020-2025 and others.
Also during the dialogue, the parties expressed views on expanding cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU in the framework of multilateral forums and international organizations.
The current session of the Human Rights Dialogue “Turkmenistan - European Union” serves yet as another proof of the adherence of the parties to multifaceted bilateral cooperation.
On November 21, 2018, in accordance with the Presidential Resolution, Turkmen delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan has arrived on a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the aim to attend the event related to starting the construction of the mosque for 500 persons in Akina township, Andhoy region, Faryab province of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
At the same time, on the day of the beginning of the construction of the Akina mosque, a ceremony was held to start the construction of an additional railway line with the length of 10 km in order to develop the Akina railway station sector. The heads of railways agencies of the two countries have attended this event. As is known, in November 2016, with the participation of the Presidents of both states, the first line of the Kerki – Ymamnazar – Akina railroad was commissioned.
Turkmenistan permanently provides humanitarian assistance to neighboring Afghan state. The construction of the mosque will be carried out on the basis of the corresponding Program of the cultural and humanitarian direction for 2018-2020 between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The construction of the mosque will be carried out at the expense of the Turkmen side and will be another evidence of friendly relations.
The ceremony of laying foundation of the mosque has been attended by Mr. Nakibullah Gayik – the governor of Faryab province, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Turkmen and Afghan representatives of religious affairs, elders and other government officials.
The construction works will start in November, 2018 and the mosque will be ready by December, 2020.