1-4 July 2013 delegation of Turkmenistan headed by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov took part at the annual meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva. November 2012 Turkmenistan was elected to the ECOSOC - one of the key organs of the United Nations, for the period 2013-2015.
Within sessions Turkmenistan in the capacity of the Vice-Chairman of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) presented to the Council regional report for Europe. Special attention was paid to the key issues of the forum - science, innovation and technology for development. Delegation also presented the national statement, which outline the basic principles of the state policy pursued by the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The statement reflected the international initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader and aimed at addressing the current issues and the development of broad constructive cooperation in priority areas - economy, energy, and environment.
Speaking at a government video-conference, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated the Turkmen people on the good news coming from the United Nations headquarters in New York (USA). With the unanimous support of 193 UN member states Turkmenistan has been elected Vice-President of the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The head of state stressed that Turkmenistan with its legal status of permanent neutrality recognized by all UN member states has taken an active stance in the international affairs. According to the head of state, Turkmenistan has proven to be a responsible member and partner of the world's largest international organization in preserving and maintaining political stability in the region and the world and developing relations of friendship and cooperation between states.
The 3rd international scientific expedition to Koytendag (mountain range in Turkmenistan’s east, which is home to unique natural monuments) has come to end. The expedition team consisted of scientists of the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (UK), who are UNESCO international experts on the World Natural Heritage, as well as scientists, botanists, biologists, ornithologists from Bulgaria, Romania and other countries.
Turkmen scientists – members of the Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, specialists of the Ministry of Nature Protection and the State Committee on Tourism – also participated in the expedition.
As the Turkmenistan.ru Ashgabat correspondent reports with reference to the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO, the eight-day expedition carried out a comprehensive research of fauna, geological heritage, as well as the work on identification of areas with endemic and medicinal plants within the territory of Koytendag reserve.
The data collected in the course of the international expedition will be included in the final version of the nomination dossier to be submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2014 for inclusion of Koytendag natural sites in the List of World Natural Heritage.
Construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway has been officially launched at a ceremony in Lebap province of Turkmenistan (in the east of the country). The ceremony was attended by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports referring to official information, after arriving at the airport of the administrative center of Lebap province, the city of Turkmenabat, the heads of state held a trilateral meeting, where they stressed the importance of the future railway to the economy and prosperity of the region.
Residents of Makhtumkuli district of Balkan province of Turkmenistan are increasingly gaining from living in a natural habitat in the Sumbar River Valley, as more and more people from other regions come to this beautiful corner of the country for tourism. Some local families offer the visiting guests overnight dwelling for a small fee, others sell the tourists, home-made honey and local pomegranates as well as hand-made carpets and textile crafts that this region is famous for.
It is not just local craftsmanship, fruits and hospitality that people from other regions of Turkmenistan come for. It is rather the unique biodiversity of the Syunt-Hasardag State Nature Reserve, the territory of which falls within Makhtumkuli district, that makes this place so much popular for ecotourism and recreation. This area is well-known for an extensive range of well-preserved archaeological, cultural and historical settlements, dating back to the New Stone Age. Potential tourist attractions also include Pomegranate gardens in Shihbedire and Tutlykala settlements, waterfalls in Gochdemir and healing Parkhay springs.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a meeting with the visiting executive director of the UN Drugs and Crime Office, the director-general of the UN headquarters in Geneva, Yuriy Fedotov.
The high-ranking UN official noted Turkmenistan's role as a strategic partner for the United Nations in the Central Asian region and highly rated the ongoing implementation of the Turkmenistan's national programme for 2011-2015 to counter illicit trafficking of narcotic and psychotropic substances and precursors and to provide assistance to drugs addicts.
Yannick Glemarec, Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), held talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The sides discussed issues relating to establishment of a National Climate Fund under the National Strategy of Turkmenistan on Climate Change and prospects of UNDP’s assistance in this area, the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said.
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Thirty-eight countries have already met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people, the United Nations food agency (FAO)announced. Turkmenistan is one of the countries that reached these goals with a high economy indexes.
"These countries are leading the way to a better future. They are proof that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger," UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose' Graziano da Silva said.
Amid the 1,000 days of action for the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 38 countries have met part of the first MDG which calls on Member States to halve by 2015 the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
During two days, the meeting participants will consider the issues of regional importance, including development of the Central Asian and South Asian energy corridor, solution of the tasks of the regional supervisory control and trade of electric power, reforms realized in the energy sector within the framework of the World Trade Organization and realization of priority projects in this field.
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The Regional Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for Central Asia, Mustafa Sinaceur, held talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
According to the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry, the sides discussed issues relating to further increasing positive cooperation of Turkmenistan with FAO.
The sides paid special attention to preparation of the Framework Programme to provide technical assistance and identify priority areas for cooperation in the field of plant growing, livestock, environment and food security.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon will visit Turkmenistan on June 5 this year to take part in the ceremony of starting construction of Atamyrat-Ymamnazar-Akin section of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway. As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, this issue was discussed at a meeting of the Government of Turkmenistan.
According to the vice-premier of the Turkmen government, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, it is expected that the heads of the two friendly neighboring states will also take part in the celebrations on the occasion of the opening of the village of Garlyk in Koytendag district of Lebap province.
A delegation led by the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, head of the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic held talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The sides discussed the state and prospects of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the humanitarian dimension, as well as prospects of implementation of the next phase of the project “Strengthening the national capacity of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights”, the Foreign Ministry's press service said.
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