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.
Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry officials discussed with the delegation led by Senior Program Coordinator of the UNODC Regional Program for Afghanistan Mr. Jeremy Milsom the issues on implementation of the Regional Program to support the efforts on fighting against the drug trafficking in Afghanistan and neighboring countries for 2011-2015.
Being the member of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs for 2012-2015, Turkmenistan conducts constructive foreign policy in active support of international dialogue on finding the solutions based on effective counteraction and fighting against drug trafficking.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan will send humanitarian aid to the population living in the border areas of Afghanistan. As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree to this effect at a regular government meeting.
As part of this action, Turkmenistan will donate sportswear, agricultural products, confectionery and school furniture to the neighboring country.
According to the presidential decree, the Ministry of Textile Industry, the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, the State Food Industry Association and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan will be in charge of this action.
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