On 21 April 2021, upon the invitation of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev took part in the virtual roundtable on climate change.
The event in participation of authorized representatives from dozens of world countries is taking place in the framework of the preparations to the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) planned to take place in Glasgow in November of current year.
The participants of the roundtable discussed a wide range of issues in the area of climate change, including the mobilization of efforts of the state and private sectors, the opportunities for providing assistance to the vulnerable countries in adapting to the climate impacts and the role of embedding the innovations into the given process.
Speaking at the roundtable, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev voiced the cardinal actions of the Turkmen side on overcoming the global climate crisis on the national, regional and international levels.
Turkmenistan stands for the proactive and long-term international partnership and the development of ecological diplomacy. During the roundtable, the national programmes and strategies of Turkmenistan were voiced, which among others provide for the collective preventive measures on combatting the climate change, transition to the use of ecologically clean and resource-saving technologies, as well as the attainment on the national level the zero level and decrease of greenhouse gas emissions until 2030.
TURKMENISTAN ELECTED TO THE POST OF VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPEThursday, 22 April 2021 16:55
In the period from 20 to 21 April 2021, a meeting of the 69th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was held in Geneva. The event brought together representatives at the level of ministers and deputy ministers from UNECE member countries to exchange best practices in the field of circular economy and set its course over the next two years.
During the high-level segment on the topic "Encouraging the development of a circulating economy and sustainable use of natural resources in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe", the Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan M. Serdarov made a speech on behalf of the Turkmen side.
In his speech, Minister M. Serdarov noted that the transition to a circulating economy based on maximizing added value will be possible if control over reserves of natural resources is strengthened and a sustainable balance of renewable resources is observed to preserve and maintain natural capital at an inexhaustible level.
On April 21, 2021, in the afternoon, elections were held for the post of Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the Commission from among the UNECE member states.
By unanimous decision, the following countries were elected as Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the UNECE for the period 2021-2023: Chairman - Republic of Austria; Vice-Chairmen - Swiss Confederation and Turkmenistan.
TURKMENISTAN IS ELECTED TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE UN ENTITY FOR GENDER EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMENThursday, 22 April 2021 16:52
On 20 April 2021, during the consecutive session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Turkmenistan was elected to the membership of the Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) for 2020-2024.
UN-Women is a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly established in 2010 with the aim of rising the efficiency of the efforts of the UN System agencies working on the issues of gender equality and the expansion of the rights and opportunities of women. The given entity stands as the leading body coordinating the work of the UN System on the provision of gender equality.
The Executive Board of UN-Women carries out the main governing functions and is composed of 51 Members who are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council for the period of three years.
The given resolution is coherent with the efforts of the Government of Turkmenistan on the involvement of women into the socio-political, economic, social and cultural life of the country. One of the significant national documents on the enhancement of the status of women is the National Action Plan on Gender Equality in Turkmenistan for 2021-2025.
The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Tbilisi together with Alliance for development of amateur and corporate sports of Georgia have held International golf tournament dedicated to declaration of 2021 as the Year of Peace and Trust.
Representatives of diplomatic corps, business circles of Georgia, sportsmen from various countries took part in the tournament. Local media was highlighting this sport event.
It was noted before the tournament that development of sports of highest achievements and integrated events for popularization of the principles of healthy life style in Turkmenistan under close attention of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Ashgabat and all the country have strong modern infrastructure including all necessary for going in for various sports. After opening of the first in the country golf club, which project has been developed taking into account the best foreign practice, this sport received impulse for the development.
The award ceremony of the winners took place after the tournament.
THE DELEGATION OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE MEETING OF THE OSCE COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION
On April 14, 2021, in a hybrid format, a meeting of the OSCE Committee on the Economic and Environmental Dimension was held on the topic "Biodiversity and security - the consequences of environmental degradation for security, including the reduction of biodiversity." The meeting was attended by the adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Ambassador M. Akmuradov.
In his speech, M. Akmuradov informed the participants about the policy of Turkmenistan to save the Aral Sea and improve the ecological and socio-economic situation in the region.
In particular, he noted that Turkmenistan, being a supporter of a systematic approach to solving the issues of the Aral Sea problem at the national, regional and international levels, for decades has been carrying out a number of practical measures aimed at ensuring a high level of environmental conditions in the country.
At the same time, Turkmenistan is consistently promoting in the international arena initiatives and proposals aimed at consolidating the efforts of the countries of the region and the international community to address the overall Aral Sea problem.
Further, the diplomat informed the participants in detail about the experience of Turkmenistan in improving the ecological state of the Caspian Sea and creating conditions for sustainable development of the region.
ILO DIRECTOR GENERAL PRESENTED WITH INSTRUMENT OF RATIFICATION BY TURKMENISTAN OF CONVENTION NO. 122 ON EMPLOYMENT POLICYFriday, 16 April 2021 17:30
On April 14, 2021, a ceremony was held in Geneva in video format to present the ILO Director General Guy Ryder of the instrument on the ratification of Convention 122 of the International Labor Organization on Employment Policy, signed by the President of Turkmenistan.
During the ceremony, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan A.Khaljanov noted Turkmenistan's commitment to constructive dialogue with authoritative international organizations, in particular with the International Labor Organization.
As a full member of the ILO since September 1993 and having ratified 10 ILO Conventions, 8 of which are fundamental, Turkmenistan fully supports the main provisions of the Organization and practical approaches to improving the quality of life through the creation of decent work as an important goal at the national level, thereby implementing the universally recognized norms and principles of the provisions of the ILO into national legislation.
Expressing gratitude to the Turkmen side for active cooperation with the International Labor Organization, G. Ryder welcomed the efforts of Turkmenistan for the systematic strengthening and improvement of the national legislative base of Turkmenistan and stressed that Turkmenistan became the 115th country to ratify Convention No. 122.
ONLINE MEETING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF “THE VISEGRAD GROUP – CENTRAL ASIA” HAD BEEN HELD
On April 15, 2021, the meeting of the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of “The Visegrad Group – Central Asia” had been held in videoconferencing format. The Turkmen delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hadjiev.
The meeting was also attended by the deputy heads of the external affairs agencies of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
During the meeting the diplomats discussed economic and social consequences of the pandemic COVID-19 for the countries of Central Asia, as well as the implementation of the EC Strategy for Central Asia. The review of promising and mutually acceptable areas of cooperation of the countries of Visegrad Group and Central Asia took place.
In this context, industrial sector, transport, trade and cultural-humanitarian cooperation were mentioned as potentially possible spheres of interaction of the Turkmen side within the framework of the dialogue “Visegrad Group+CA”. It was also specially underlined that creation and opportunities of international transport corridors could become a separate sphere of cooperation between the countries of this format.
In his speech V.Hadjiev noted that Turkmenistan being the responsible member of the world community, from the very beginning of the threat of the spread of COVID-19, has established close working contacts with the UN, its specialized institutions and agencies, primarily with WHO. The country advocated widespread use the mechanisms of science in combating the pandemic and its consequences. In this regard, vaccines against coronavirus infection of Russian and other foreign manufacturers were registered in the country and the process of mass vaccination of the population began.
V.Hadjiev stated that Turkmenistan consider as its priorities the expansion of political-diplomatic interaction, fight against common threats, cooperation in the field of energy, transport, trade and investments, environment and water resources, justice and law supremacy, as well as investments in youth and education.
Ensuring lasting stability and security in Central Asia is highlighted as the key factor and necessity of collective actions of all the states and international organizations for the effective combating the challenges and threats of our time, such as international terrorism, extremism, illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons and funds, as well as the cybercrime. The need to strengthen contacts in the field of information security was emphasized.
THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “GLOBAL COOPERATION OF INDEPENDENT, NEUTRAL TURKMENISTAN FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TRUST” WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT
On April 15, 2021, the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” was held in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat in participationon of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The high-level event took place in the new Conference Centre of Turkmenistan that was officially opened in the same day by the President of Turkmenistan.
The event was attended by the leadership of Parliament (Mejlis), Deputies Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, heads of the ministries and departments of the country, chiefs of the diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, rectors of the institutions of higher education of Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of local mass media, as well as the foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan.
The heads and representatives of respected international and regional organizations, including the UN, OSCE, CIS and others took part in the International Conference via videoconferencing.
In his opening speech, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the significance of the given Conference that is taking place in the International Year of Peace and Trust. He expressed firm commitment of Turkmenistan to the development of peaceful, friendly ties between countries and people. The President also called for the expansion of collaboration with the international partners.
Then the participants heard the video statement of the Secretary General of the OSCE Helga Schmid who told about the active work of Turkmenistan in the process of upholding the sustainable development, the culture of peace and trust. She also highlighted the role of Turkmenistan in the development of economic connectivity in the region and beyond itThen the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States – Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev addressed the conference via videoconferencing. He particularly underlined that in the person of Turkmenistan, the international community has gained a reliable and peace-loving partner and the state confirms in practice its vital input in the development of international cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and trust.
Also via videoconferencing gave her speech, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Olga Algayerova. She noted the important role of Turkmenistan in the promotion of constructive regional and international dialogue, in particular through the collaboration in the area of green economy, trade, transport, ecology and others.
About the significance of peaceful and open international cooperation to which Turkmenistan calls, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Under-Secretary-General Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana has spoken in her video statement. She underlined the importance of mutual support in the process of resisting the common threats and challenges.
In her speech, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Christine Weigand told about the active cooperation of Turkmenistan with the UN from the perspective of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals that is inseparably connected to maintenance of peace and trust between countries and people.
Also, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Turkmenistan Aleksandr Blokhin gave a speech at the Conference. The diplomat said that “the peace and trust is what is extremely needed today to the people and states of the whole Globe and their priority scope in the Turkmen foreign policy has gained many practical confirmations and rightly valued by the world community.”
In his speech, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan Matthew Stephen Klimov presented his vision of the notions of peace and trust. He underlined that to attain peace it is necessary to build and maintain trust. The Ambassador added that this is what Turkmenistan is calling for through its positive neutral policy.
Speaking at the Conference, the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd stated that by initiating the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaring the International Year of Peace and Trust, “the Government of Turkmenistan has again demonstrated its commitment to the policy of permanent neutrality, the main priorities of which is the affirmation of the culture of dialogue and reinforcement of mutual trust between various states.”
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan Diego Ruiz Alonso also spoke at the Conference. The diplomat noted the role of Turkmenistan in the promotion of peaceful and trustful relations between countries and people that is reflected in numerous projects of economic and humanitarian nature.
In the end of the official part of the Conference, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to participants for active involvement and wished to all peace and wellbeing.
Then the ceremony of signing international documents took place and the International Conference continued in plenary sessions.
THE PLENARY SESSION ON THE TOPIC OF “COOPERATION FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND SECURITY” WAS HELD IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCEFriday, 16 April 2021 17:22
In the framework of the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” that took place on the 15th of April 2021 in Ashgabat, a plenary session on the topic of “Cooperation for the sake of Peace and Security” was held. The event was held in hybrid format in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The moderator of the session was the Deputy Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Philippe Saprykin.
The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Director of the UN Regional Office for the Coordination of Sustainable Development Gwi Yeop Son, UN Women’s Global Chief of Women, Peace and Security Paivi Kaarina Kannisto, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNODC Ashita Mittal, IOM Regional Coordinator for Migration for Central Asia, Head of IOM Missions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Zeynal Hajiyev, Head of the Regional Office for Central Asia, ICRC Sangeeta Koenig, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNDRR Abdurahim Muhidov and the Subregional Coordinator of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Viorel Gutu gave speeches at the session.
The issues of expanding cooperation on sustenance of security and stability on the regional and international levels were thoroughly discussed.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan expressed clear position of Turkmenistan in the processes of sustaining peace and security through political and diplomatic methods, preventive diplomacy and strengthening of cooperation between the relevant departments of the countries of the region. Special emphasis was made on the work of Turkmenistan on strengthening regional and interregional collaboration, promotion of dialogue in the framework and under the auspices of the United Nations and other large and respected international organizations.
The participants discussed the matters of Afghanistan where active participation of the Turkmen side in the implementation of large-scale infrastructural projects on the territory of Afghanistan was highlighted. The significance of widening humanitarian cooperation in the region was underlined.
The parties discussed the collaboration on the platform of the UN on the implementation of joint projects and programs, including those aimed at the resolution of the migration issues.
The joint efforts in the area of countering crime and drug trafficking, responding to emergencies, including the decrease of the natural disasters risks were discussed.
AT THE SESSION IN TURKMEN STATE UNIVERSITY NAMED AFTER MAGTYMGULY THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ECOLOGY IN TRADE-ECONOMIC COOPERATION WAS DISCUSSEDFriday, 16 April 2021 17:18
On April 15, 2021, the second plenary session “Significance of ecology in trade-economic cooperation” of the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” had been held at the Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli. The Permanent Representative of the United Nations Development Programme Office in Turkmenistan Natia Natsvlishvili moderated the session.
The session was attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan G.Mushshikov, Head of Subregional Office for Central Asia, UN Environmental Programme Aidai Kurmanova, General Delegate to Eurasia, IRU Vadim Zakharenko, Director of the Office for Safe Labor for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ILO Olga Koulaeva, Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia Zafar Makhmudov and other heads of authoritative international organizations, as well as faculty and students of the university.
During his speech, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Daren Tang noted that this International Conference creates opportunity for everyone to exchange views on current and future tasks connected with peace, security and sustainable development. He also mentioned the importance of the development of the creative skills in science, technology and innovations for all-round well-being and to reach Sustainable development goals.
Chief of the Regional Coordination Division for Europe and Central Asia, of the UN Industrial Development Organizations Jacek Cukrowski informed about UNIDO activities in Turkmenistan, underlined the role of the Joint Declaration signed in 2015, which includes such priority directions as support of small and middle enterprises, strengthening the national infrastructure of quality, promotion of investments and assistance to technology development.
Regional Director, UN Office for Projects Service Freya von Groote in her speech noted that supports strategic goals of development of Turkmenistan within the new Framework Programme of the UN on cooperation in the field of sustainable development. She also told about the activities of UNOPS on strengthening of the national system of health protection of Turkmenistan.
Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, UNCTAD Dmitry Godunov informed on the activities of UNCTAD in Turkmenistan and noted the importance of the automated system of processing of customs data and the system of “a single window” in order to enhance transit capacity, stimulation of expansion of national transport and logistics infrastructure.