GLOBALink | 75 countries including China call for global solidarity for vaccine equity

Published in CHINA
Monday, 04 October 2021 19:08

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Some 75 countries, including China, on Friday called for global solidarity for vaccine equity at the General Debate of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.

The pandemic knows no borders. The only solution lies in global solidarity, unity and multilateral cooperation, said the countries in a joint statement.

"We call on all states and stakeholders to strengthen solidarity and international cooperation to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic and its consequences, ensure protection for those most affected, including women, children, youth, the older persons and persons with disabilities, and take measures to counter misinformation, disinformation, stigmatization, racism and xenophobia," said the statement, read by Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations.

The joint statement recognizes the need to begin treating the COVID-19 vaccine as a global public good for health. It commends the contributions made by relevant countries and platforms such as Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and its vaccine pillar, the COVAX facility, for promoting vaccine accessibility and affordability through bilateral and multilateral channels.

However, vaccine equity is still far from being reached. The progress on vaccine roll-out has been widely uneven and unfair. Many countries, in particular the developing world, still lack adequate access to available and affordable vaccines, said the statement.

"We are also worried by disturbing trend of vaccine nationalism and stockpiling of vaccine doses beyond need. In that regard, we welcome the World Health Organization's call to prioritize vaccinating the people most at-risk around the world who are yet to receive their first dose."

The joint statement calls on all states and relevant stakeholders to step up coordinated and concerted efforts for fair and equitable distribution of vaccines in developing countries. It also calls on capable vaccine-producing countries to translate their commitments into action and ensure timely and adequate delivery of vaccine support to receiving countries.

The joint statement encourages support to the ACT Accelerator and COVAX and calls on international financial institutions and other international organizations to provide financial support for vaccine procurement and for strengthening production capabilities in developing countries.

It welcomes the efforts of civil society, the private sector, academia and all relevant stakeholders in vaccine research, production and delivery, and calls on all states and all stakeholders to strengthen global solidarity and jointly promote the fair, affordable, equitable, timely and universal distribution and strengthen local production of vaccines around the world.

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Xi to attend General Debate of 76th session of UN General Assembly

Published in CHINA
Monday, 20 September 2021 20:43

BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the General Debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly and deliver important remarks via video link on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Monday.

 

Resolution initiated by Turkmenistan was adopted unanimously during the plenary session of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly

Published in World
Tuesday, 03 August 2021 13:48

On the 2nd of August, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov reported to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that during the 96th plenary meeting of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, the Draft Resolution initiated by Turkmenistan entitled “Strengthening the links between all modes of transport to achieve stable and reliable international transport for sustainable development during and after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic” was viewed.  

The Resolution that was cosponsored by 48 states was adopted unanimously.  The head of MFA congratulated the President of Turkmenistan with the external policy achievement and underlined that the adoption by the UN General Assembly of this Resolution initiated by the head of state serves yet as one more proof of thoughtful approach of the state to the issues of strengthening international transport cooperation with the aim of sustainable development that is particularly consonant with the international and regional efforts on overcoming the pandemic, its economic and social repercussions.      

The given Resolution enriched the sequence of Resolutions in the area of sustaining collaboration between all modes of transport adopted in 2014, 2015 and 2017 upon the initiative of Turkmenistan. It was stated that the principles embedded in the Resolution are coherent with the process of establishing multifaceted system of transport communication launched upon the outcomes of the First UN Global Conference on Sustainable Transport that was held in Ashgabat in November 2016.       

In this context, the Resolution also points out the importance of the International Conference of transport ministers of developing landlocked countries planned to take place in Turkmenistan in 2022.

The participants of the press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world” highlighted the timeliness of holding the Year of Peace and Trust

Published in World
Thursday, 25 March 2021 11:41

During today’s press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world”, which was held in the MFA of Turkmenistan with the participation of the heads of the authoritative foreign broadcasting organizations, it was highlighted the timeliness of Turkmenistan’s initiative, as well as the Resolution of the UN General Assembly on proclamation of the year of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust.

The Deputy Chairman of Interstate TV and Radio Broadcasting Company “Mir” B.Kozorezov during his speech stated that international initiatives and undertakings of Turkmenistan are fully targeted to promote global peace and mutual understanding.

Speaking at the press-conference, Programs Director of Turkish TV and Radio Broadcasting Company “TRT World” B.Bayraktar said that the country during the years of its independence achieved huge success in all spheres of national economy, which is confirmed by the development of the infrastructure and industry with high pace.

Director General of the Russian International Network of Information TV Channels “Russia Today” A.Nikolov stated that international initiatives of neutral Turkmenistan aimed at peaceful and trusting coexistence of the countries and peoples of the world, are in tune with the Goals of the Global Agenda.

In his video address, Javad Mottaghi, Secretary General of the Asian-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) underlined the significance of the peacefulness and conflict-free interstate and interpersonal contacts in international relations.

Deputy Direcor of the Directorate of international relations of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company” A.Perevoshchikov stated that Turkmenistan, being the neutral state invariably acts for the strengthening of peace and security on regional as well as on world scale, thereby actually proving the efficiency of the institution of the permanent neutrality.   

Within the frame of his statement Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India Shri Shashi Shekhar Vempati underlined that today the notions of peace and trust are important as never before. In this regard the work of media plays considerable role. By means of close cooperation we can convey to the listener the objective information and facilitate the friendly dialogue between the countries and peoples.

During the speech of the Chairman of National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of Uzbekistan A.Hadjaev, he stated that this event confirms once again aspirations of Turkmenistan to further strengthen peace, stability and security in the region. In this context, the mass media plays important role in building confidence in the society, which is the driving force of the development.

Besides that, in their presentations the Director of Georgian TV channel “TV-24” B.Nachkebia, Director of the international radio programmes of “AZTV” F.Iskenderov, as well as the representatives of the State Information Agency of Azerbaijan “AZERTADJ” S,Ibragimov and Armenia’s Information Agency “ARMENPRESS” A.Djanpoladyan, it was underlined the significance and timeliness of the proclamation by the League of Nations of the “International Year of Peace and Trust”. They expressed especial need of strengthening trust and mutual understanding in international relations for full realization of Sustainable Development Goals and provision of peaceful coexistence of the states and peoples of the world.

The Chairman of the State Information Agency of Turkmenistan M.Gazakbaev, the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Television, Radiobroadcasting and Cinematography of Turkmenistan A.Kakaev and Editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Turkmen Dunyasi” B.Muradov also underlined the significance of proclamation by the UN General Assembly of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust. Initiatives of the Leadership of the country are aimed at promotion of global peace, mutual understanding and solidarity, as well as preservation of unity and harmony in the world.

As is known, during Independence years the domestic and foreign policy of Turkmenistan was being developed in accordance with the principles of neutrality, aimed at strengthening of bonds of friendship and peace among the countries and peoples.

Участниками пресс-конференции «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире» особо отмечена своевременность проведения Года мира и доверия

На сегодняшнем пресс-конференции «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире», состоявшегося в МИД Туркменистана при участии руководителей авторитетных местных и иностранных телерадиовещательных организаций особо отмечена своевременность инициативы Туркменистана, а также резолюции Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН опровозглашении 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия.

Так, в ходе своего выступления В.Кaзaрезов, Заместитель Председателя Межгосударственной телерадиокомпании «Мир» констатировал, что международные инициативы и начинания Туркменистана всецело нацелены на продвижение глобального мира и взаимопонимания.

Выступая на пресс-конференции программный Директор Турецкой телерадиовещательной корпорации «TRT World» Б.Байрактар подчеркнул, что страна за годы своей независимости добилась огромных достижений во всех сферах национальной экономики, что подтверждается развитием инфраструктуры и промышленности высокими темпами.

А.Николов, Генеральный директор Российской международной сети информационных телеканалов «Russia Today» особо отметил, что международные инициативы нейтрального Туркменистана будучи нацеленным на мирное и доверительное сосуществование стран и народов мира, созвучны с Целями Глобальной повестки.

В своем видеообращении Джавад Моттаги, Генеральный секретарь Азиатско-Тихоокеанского вещательного союза (ABU) подчеркнул особую значимость миролюбия и бесконфликтных межгосударственных и межличностных контактов в международных отношениях.

Заместитель директора Дирекции международных отношений Федерального государственного унитарного предприятия «Всероссийская государственная телевизионная и радиовещательная компания» А.Перевощиков констатировал, что Туркменистан будучи нейтральным государством неизменно выступает за укрепление мира и безопасности в региональном и мировом масштабах, тем самым на деле доказывает эффективность института постоянного нейтралитета.  

В рамках своего выступления Шаши Шекхар Вемпати, главный исполнительный директор Индийской вещательной компании «Prasar Bharati» подчеркнул, что сегодня понятия мир и доверие важны как никогда раньше. В данном аспекте работа СМИ играет здесь важную роль.  Путем тесного сотрудничества мы может доносить объективную информацию до зрителя и тем самым способствовать укреплению дружественного диалога между странами и народами.

В ходе выступления заместителя председателя Национальной телерадиокомпании Узбекистана, Н.Хикматуллаева было отмечено, что данное мероприятие еще раз подтверждает стремления Туркменистана дальнейшему укреплению мира, стабильности и безопасности в регионе. В данном контексте СМИ играет важную роль в укреплении доверия среди общества, являющегося движущей силой развития.

Кроме того, в выступлениях Директора Грузинского телеканала «ТВ-24» Б.Начкебия, директора программ международного радио «Aztv» Ф.Искендерова и представителей Государственного информационного агентства Азербайджана «АЗЕРТАДЖ» С.Ибрагимова, информационного агентства Армении «АРМЕНПРЕСС» А.Джанполадяня подчеркнута значимость и своевременность провозглашения Лигой Наций Международного года мира и доверия. Выражена особая насущность укрепления доверия и взаимопонимания в международных отношениях для полноценной реализации Целей устойчивого развития и обеспечения мирного сосуществования государств и народов мира. 

Председатель Государственного информационного агентства Туркменистана М.Газакбаев, заместитель председателя Государственного комитета Туркменистана по телевидению, радиовещанию и кинематографии, А.Какаев и главный редактор газеты «Туркмен дуньяси» Б.Мурадов также особо подчеркнули значимость провозглашения Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия. Инициативы руководства страны нацелены на обеспечение мира, взаимопонимания и солидарности, также сохранению единства и гармонии во всем мире.

Как известно, за годы Независимости внутренняя и внешняя политика Туркменистана развивается в соответствии с принципами нейтралитета, нацеленного на упрочение и развитие уз дружбы и мира между странами и народами.

OPENING EVENT TO LAUNCH THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PEACE AND TRUST WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT

Published in World
Saturday, 30 January 2021 11:41

On the 29th of January, 2021, the Opening event to launch the International Year of Peace and Trust was held in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

The heads and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, deputies of the Mejlis (Parliament), chiefs of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, Rectors of the institutions of higher education of the country, Editors-in-chief of press and representatives of national mass media, as well as foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan took part in the event.

The heads and representatives of the United Nations and its structural agencies, Economic Cooperation Organization, Commonwealth of Independent States, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, as well as other regional and international organizations, and foreign mass media participated to the event via videoconferencing.

During her opening remarks, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Christine Weigand noted the importance of the International Year of Peace and Trust initiated by the President of Turkmenistan for the sake of sustaining peace, stability and mutual understanding between people which is the key to sustainable development.

In continuation of the topic, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov underlined that the unanimous adoption at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly of the Resolution declaring the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust has become a reflection of the efforts of the permanently neutral Turkmenistan calling for strengthening of the culture of peace and trust in the international relations. “Putting forward this idea, the Leader of Turkmen nation has specifically stated that it has a concrete nature and thus urged the international community to reinforce the adopted document with practical content, enrich it with real actions,” said R.Meredov. The head of the MFA of Turkmenistan underlined the significance of applying the means of diplomacy, the political dialog based on mutual understanding and cooperation in the advancement of friendly ties between countries and people and to achieve this Turkmenistan actively cooperates with the international partners.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalya Gherman underlined the importance of the International Year of Peace and Trust, which meant greater cohesion for the sake of peace and prosperity of the world community.

The timeliness of the International Year of Peace and Trust was also highlighted in the speech of the President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir. Thanking the Government of Turkmenistan for initiating the International Year of Peace and Trust, he underlined that in view of the global situation, the need in peace and trust is high as never before. Mr. Bozkir urged the international community to continue cooperating through political dialog and solidarity on the way to peace, security and sustainable development.

His words were complemented by the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Aksoltan Atayeva who noted the efficiency of peaceful initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan that help to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov highlighted in his speech the specific need in conducting International year of peace and trust which calls upon to activate efforts and activity on advocating the culture of peace.

In her speech the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd spoke about the importance of strengthening the culture of peace and trust.

The Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization Hadi Soleimanpour also gave a speech at the event. He highly appraised the level of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the ECO, as well as emphasized that the economic progress is inseparably linked to the security in the region and in the world, and to attain this it is necessary to strengthen trust between countries and people.

About the importance of strengthening peace and trust between countries and people has also spoke the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergey Lebedev. He highlighted the effective role of Turkmenistan in the development of friendly ties not only in the region, but also in the whole world.

The Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament Tatiana Valovaya and the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Lassina Zerbo highly appraised the role of Turkmenistan in the development of friendly and constructive ties between countries.

In turn, the President of the General Conference of UNESCO Altay Cengizer and Assistant Director-General for the Africa Department of UNESCO Firmin Edouard Matoko emphasized the timeliness of holding the International Year of Peace and Trust. They noted that the notion of peace and trust are the keystones of international cooperation.

Furthermore, the UNODC representative, Ppermanent representatives of Afghanistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Indonesia and Bangladesh at the UN have underlined the importance of conducting International year of peace and trust in the context of fully strengthening solidarity and mutual support on regional and global levels to create cohesion for addressing pressing issues of present.

During the event, the participants discussed the possibilities of holding joint events in the framework of the International Year of Peace and Trust. A constructive exchange of views and proposals on the improvement of activities on the platform of regional and international organizations for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development took place. Thus, upon the outcomes of the event, the Roadmap of the International Year of Peace and Trust was adopted.

The fifth round of political consultations has been held between the Georgian and Korean Foreign Ministries

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 10:15

The Georgian and Korean Foreign Ministries held the fifth round of political consultations. The Korean delegation was headed by Soosuk Lim, the Director-general of the European Affairs Bureau, while Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania led the Georgian delegation.   
Discussions focused on a wide range of the existing bilateral and multilateral relations between Georgia and Korea. The two delegations gave a positive assessment to the recent active partnership both at the level of the Governments and public sector. It was underlined that the meeting between the Georgian and Korean Foreign Ministers, held in September, in frames of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, was a demonstration of the friendly relations existing between the two countries.
Talking points also included the Korean business community’s increasing interest in Georgia’s investment environment. The two sides expressed their readiness to make use of the potential existing in the sphere of bilateral economic co-operation, to enhance cultural relations and deepen people-to-people contacts given the sharp growth of the tourists’ flows.   
The two sides expressed their readiness to co-operate actively to celebrate the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Republic of Korea in 2017 appropriately, as well as to exchange high-level visits and to schedule the activities in the sphere culture.
Discussions also focused on the fruitful co-operation in the international organisations, on the current situation and security environment on South Caucasus and Korean peninsula, particularly, on Resolution 2321 (30 November 2016) by the UN Security Council on nuclear tests. The Korean delegation reaffirmed its support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
 In conclusion, the two sides agreed to hold the sixth round of the political consultations in Seoul.
 

Georgia's foreign policy is aimed at building strong, mutually beneficial partnerships- Prime Minister

Published in Politics
Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:53

Georgia's foreign policy is aimed at building strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with the countries of our region and beyond –this statement made the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili at UN General Assembly today during delivering a speech.
As he said, this path, chosen by our people, leads to more stability, security, peace and prosperity in our country and the region. He highlighted that the work never ends and talked about the new millennium thriving project which includes building an innovation-driven community with all generations looking over the horizon at an ever-brighter future.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili said that the Government of Georgia is building a country that will ensure the unification of war-torn communities and abolish the newest versions of the "Glienicke Bridge," which exist in the 21st century due to the continuous occupation of two of our regions, dividing peaceful societies on both sides.

We have made great progress in building strong and effective state institutions,-Giorgi Kvirikashvili

Published in Politics
Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:49

Giorgi Kvirikashvili the Prime Minister of Georgia delivered a speech at UN General Assembly today. “We have made great progress in building strong and effective state institutions, ensuring a free civil society, free media, free markets, social cohesion and rule of law,”- he said.
According to Prime Minister, he is proud to be ranked the 5th freest economy in the world, ensuring openness and integration into the global market and equal opportunities for all people interested in doing business in Georgia.
As Giorgi Kvirikashvili said, Georgia is an associated country of the EU, harmonizing its policies, institutions, sectors and market rules with those of the European Union. He also said that Georgia is an aspirant country to NATO, having the deepest and most comprehensive partnership with the Alliance of any nation and highlighted that the US Government, the European Union, and NATO all took actions to emphasize that Georgia's future lies within the European and Euro-Atlantic community.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:10

H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met with H.E. Andrej Kiska, President of the Republic of Slovakia in New York.
Discussion was focused on the topics envisaged within 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, bilateral cooperation between Georgia and Slovakia, along with the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia.
Prime Minister of Georgia noted that success achieved by the country towards the visa liberalization has been acknowledged by the European leaders at many occasions. Head of the Government of Georgia (GOG) expressed hopes for getting support of the Parliament of Europe towards the visa liberalization, whereby Slovakia would contribute to this process within the scope of its Presidency of the Council of Europe (Council of the European Union). Parties noted that cooperation between the two countries has been developing actively in the recent period in different areas of interaction.
Parties also expressed optimism that economic links and trade volumes will increase between the two countries.
Prime Minister of Georgia conveyed his gratitude to the President of the Republic of Slovakia for his support in the country's aspirations towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.

UN General Assembly once again adopted a resolution Abkhazia /Georgia and Tskhinvali /South Ossetia-Zalkaniani

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 10:14

The UN General Assembly once again adopted a resolution “From Abkhazia /Georgia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia,” “Georgia, internally displaced persons and refugee status,” which reasserts the fundamental rights of refuges. This statement was made by the First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaniani.
According to him, the number of supports was increased. In particular, as Zalkaniani said, the resolution was supported by 76 countries, 15 were against. According to him, its’ clear that there is the increase of supporters and decrease of opponents.

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