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"Human Development Report - 2014", published by UNDP shows the growth of the human development index of Turkmenistan

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«Доклад о человеческом развитии - 2014», опубликованный ПРООН свидетельствует о росте индекса человеческого развития в Туркменистане

Human development progress in developing countries of Europe & Central Asia has slowed, and the region continues to face significant socioeconomic and environmental challenges, according to the 2014 Human Development Report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The report indicates growing figures for Human development index of Turkmenistan, which stands on top in the list of countries with medium human development index. The report also reveals that the country enjoys relatively high equality of education, health and living standards.

Entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, the Report, released in Tokyo today by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Human Development Report Office Director Khalid Malik, provides a human development perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience.

The report analyzes life cycle vulnerabilities and identifies moments in life (e.g., early childhood, old age) in which shocks can have greater impact. It also explores structural vulnerabilities – those that persist and compound over time as a result of discrimination and institutional failings to the disadvantage of groups such as ethnic minorities, the disabled and the long-term unemployed.

Social exclusion and structural vulnerabilities remain a challenge for Europe and Central Asia. Many developing countries in the region report low access to social services and social protection. Ethnic minorities like the Roma, as well as people with disabilities, the long-term unemployed, migrants, and residents of isolated rural and mountainous areas are especially vulnerable to development setbacks.

Because of its geography, the region is also vulnerable to natural disasters, especially earthquakes. A large earthquake in or near a major population centre could result in a humanitarian disaster, damage to regional infrastructure, significant refugee flows, and increased strain on often limited state capacity and social cohesion. Forecasts point to significant climate risks, ranging from threats of drought in Central Asia and the Caucasus, to increased risks of flooding in coastal areas in the Adriatic, Black, and Caspian Sea basins. As the report points out, those suffering from social exclusion tend to be the most vulnerable to these events when they occur.

 “In middle-income countries, progress in sustainable development and poverty reduction requires reductions in inequalities, vulnerabilities, and exclusion, as well as better management of disaster and climate risks”, noted Cihan Sultanoglu, director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS. “This is particularly the case for the developing economies of Europe and Central Asia—many of which are still struggling to recover from the global financial crisis.” 

The 2014 Human Development Report calls for a commitment to full employment as a policy goal, the universal provision of basic social services, strengthened social protection, and better global coordination in shoring up resilience to vulnerabilities that are increasingly global in origin and impact. This report comes at a critical time for global development, as attention turns to the creation of a new post-2015 development agenda.

Based on the UNDP Press Release.

Turkmenistan marks the National Health Day by stressing the importance of maternal and child health

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UNICEF joined the Ministry of Health and Medical industry of Turkmenistan in marking the National Health Day by organizing two workshops on benefits of flour fortification for stakeholders involved in flour production, and on infection control for specialists of the State Sanitary Epidemiological Service.

Turkmenistan is one of the eighty countries in the world that fortifies wheat flour with iron and folic acid, which costs around 10 cents per person per year. Flour fortification helps to reduce vitamin, mineral and iron deficiency which contributes to more than one-third of all deaths in children under the age of five; stunting of an estimated 195 million children under age five in developing countries; and undeveloped cognitive capacity, productivity and earning potential.

Ashgabat hosts two days International conference on migration and statelessness

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Ashgabat hosts two days International conference on migration and statelessness

The International Conference on Migration and Statelessness: Identifying Challenges and the Way Forward organized by the Government of Turkmenistan jointly with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) took place in Ashgabat on 23-24 June 2014. The representatives of 32 countries and 16 international organizations participated at the Forum. 

The participants of the conference in their statements highlighted the importance of conducting the result-oriented measures including the legal reforms and international cooperation for the solution of the pressing issues in the field of migration and statelessness. The reports touched upon the issues related to the identification of the practical measures on implementation of the program on migration and statelessness set forth in the high-level dialogue on UN International Migration and Development issue held in 2013 and Regional Conference on prevention and reduction of Statelessness and protection of the stateless citizens in Central Asia held in 2009.

During the plenary sessions on 24 June the following issues were considered:  the decision of the existing statelessness situations through the legal and policy reforms and campaigns on granting the citizenship; prevention of the new situations of statelessness through legislative, political and administrative reforms; successful approaches of identifying the statelessness; development of national frameworks for protection of the stateless persons; partnership and multilateral approaches.

 

In the final session of the conference it was summed up and adopted "Statement of Co-Chairs of the International Conference on Migration and Statelessness: identifying challenges and way forward," where the importance of continuation of the efforts to develop and implement the policies related to the migration in accordance with human rights norms and obligations on national, regional and international levels were stressed. Noting that statelessness is one of the main global challenges of the 21st century, the participants evaluated the efforts of UNHCR in raising public awareness related on the issues related to the statelessness and their decision. The participants of the forum expressed their confidence that the conference will contribute to the strengthening of multilateral cooperation in the field of international protection of migrants, refugees and stateless persons.

Turkmen and British scientists work on inclusion of Badkhyz and Koytendag in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites

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Turkmen and British scientists work on inclusion of Badkhyz and Koytendag in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites

Turkmen biologists and experts of the UK Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have made joint expeditions to Koytendag and Badkhyz (protected areas) and the Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea. As part of the expeditions, they carried out work on preparation of the nomination dossier for inclusion of Badkhyz and Koytendag in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.

According to Stephanie Ward, specialist for development of international management plans at the RSPB international department for country programmes, the research work has made it possible to verify that natural areas of Badkhyz and Koytendag represent a complex of natural attractions that are worthy of inclusion in the list of world heritage sites.  

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UNESCO Director-General boosts cooperation with Turkmenistan

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From 15 to 17 May, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will undertake her first official visit to the Republic of Turkmenistan. During the visit, she is expected to meet with the President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rashid Meredov and other high ranking government officials. Central to the talks will be the current state of cooperation between UNESCO and Turkmenistan and ways to take ever forward. 

While in Turkmenistan, the Director-General will deliver the opening speech at the International Conference entitled “Magtymguly and universal cultural values”, organized in the context of the 290th anniversary of Magtymguly Pyragy, a renowned poet and thinker of Turkmenistan.  

The Director-General will also attend several cultural events dedicated to this anniversary and will visit the National Museum of Turkmen carpet.

UNESCO News Service

Turkmenistan signs MoU with IRU on creation of a Model Highway in Central Asia and Caspian region

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Turkmenistan signs MoU with IRU on creation of a Model Highway in Central Asia and Caspian regionH.E. Esen Aydogdyev, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN Office in Geneva today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) withIRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, on the creation of a Model Highway in Central Asia and the Caspian region.  

They notably exchanged views and agreed on next steps to prepare for the upcoming High-level International Conference on “The role of transport and transit corridors”, organised by the Government of Turkmenistan in partnership with the UNECE, UNESCAP and IRU, and scheduled to take place from 3 to 4 September in Ashgabat.

Turkmen Ambassador presents credentials to Venezuelan Vice President

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Turkmen Ambassador presents credentials to Venezuelan Vice PresidentThe Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Venezuela – with residence in New York – Aksoltan Ataeva presented her credentials to Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaz on June 11.

During the meeting, the sides discussed prospects for development of bilateral relations in trade, economic and humanitarian spheres. They also exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including expansion of cooperation in the framework of international organizations. 

Turkmenistan marks World No Tobacco Day

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World No Tobacco Day was marked in Turkmenistan. As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has become one of the most widely recognized conventions in the UN history. Turkmenistan joined the Convention in spring 2011.

It should be recalled that Turkmenistan took active part in the development of this international instrument, and Turkmenistan's experience was not only widely used in its preparation but also repeatedly recommended for replication in other countries.

For example, the Convention emphasizes the need for a ban on tobacco advertising that was introduced in Turkmenistan under the State Program “Health.” Turkmenistan's position in this matter as well as Turkmenistan’s ban on promotion of sales and sponsorship of tobacco companies have been recognized by WHO member states as exemplary for other countries.

In addition, the fundamental provisions of the Convention relate to protection of children and adolescents from exposure and tobacco consumption, prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction, promoting establishment of tobacco free zones, knowledge and exchange of information at national and international levels, protection of vulnerable groups and others.

Turkmenistan was one of the first in the CIS to begin fighting the use of tobacco products by introducing high fine in 2000 for smoking in public places.

Foreign Ministry discusses cooperation with the regional director of the United Nations Population Fund

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Foreign Ministry discusses cooperation with the regional director of the United Nations Population Fund

On May 27, 2014 the Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Mr. Heimo Laakkonen held a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

Parties discussed implementation of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, and issues related to further assistance to the Government of Turkmenistan in the field of reproductive health and promotion of the role of youth in society. 

Within the framework of the working visit Heimo Laakkonen will meet officials of relevant ministries and take part in the official ceremony to launch the Memorandum of Understanding between the UNFPA and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.

Turkmen President concludes state visit to China

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On the last day of the state visit of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the People’s Republic of China, a solemn ceremony of awarding the Turkmen leader a title “Honorary Professor of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine” was held in the People’s Hall. 

Opening the ceremony, the Rector of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Su Anlong, greeted the honorary Turkmen guest on behalf of all present and informed that the Academic Council of the University had decided to award the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov the title of  Honorary Professor of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in recognition of his services in the development of education, science, democratic development and international cooperation. 

Addressing the audience, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed his gratitude to the management and staff of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for granting the high academic title of honorary professor. 

In his speech, the head of state highly praised the outcomes of the Turkmen-Chinese summit talks and the status of the current bilateral cooperation. 

Then, in the People’s Hall, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang. 

The sides discussed issues of the development of the Turkmen-Chinese cooperation and stressed the exceptional nature of outcomes of the negotiations held the day before between the Turkmen leader and President Xi Jinping, which resulted in signing of the solid package of important documents. 

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