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.
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.
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.
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The 17th session of ECOSOC’s subsidiary body, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, is taking place in Geneva. The Turkmen delegation consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Communications and the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan are attending the session, the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry reports.
The session will review the reports of the UN Secretary General “Science, Technology and Innovation for the post-2015 agenda” and “Using Information and Communication Technologies for inclusive social-economic development”.
As is known, in 23 April, 2014, during the organizational session of ECOSOC Turkmenistan was unanimously elected a member of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development for the period 2014.
A second round of a climate risk assessment workshop was organised within the framework of the UNDP project of Climate Risk Management in Turkmenistan.
The main goal of the workshop was to provide a forum for key stakeholders to discuss the findings from national consultations on long- and short-term impacts of climate change and further expert inputs for climate risk assessment at national level.
The workshop brought together representatives from line ministries and various governmental agencies responsible for weather forecasting and monitoring, nature protection, economic development, water resources, land, agriculture development, disaster riskmanagement and health protection.
The workshop included the detailed discussions on priorities on climate- and weather related hazards, key aspects of vulnerability of the main sectors of economy and population to the long-term impacts of climate change and current climate variability as defined during the meeting in January 2014. The moderated work for workshop participants also addressed potential damage and likelihood of occurrence (return periods) of priority hazards for both current time and in future (2030).
Turkmenistan has made another step in reforming the education system by developing a Child-Friendly Schools (CFS) certification package presented today for validation at the roundtable organized jointly by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. The certification package aimed at improving the quality of education and creating an enabling child-friendly school environment, is another important step towards alignment of the education system of Turkmenistan with international CFS standards.
A group of national education experts under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and with UNICEF’s technical assistance worked two years to have this normative framework developed. Prioritising the right of every child to quality education the CFS certification package will help accelerate the advancement of the education system of Turkmenistan towards internationally accepted quality standards in education. The package includes national standards and indicators, guidelines and procedures for certification of schools of Turkmenistan for conformance with CFS standards, which are also coherent with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The first meeting for preparation of the High Level Conference on International Cooperation in Transport was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The conference will be held in Ashgabat in September 2014.
The meeting was attended by the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant ministries of Turkmenistan, heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Ashgabat, representatives of international organizations and experts.
As the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry reports, Turkmenistan supports the idea of laying the foundation of a new geo-economic space combining Central Asia, the Caspian Sea, Black Sea and Baltic regions, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia. This aspect is a key component of Turkmenistan’s national development strategy in the field of transport. According to the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, the main task in this direction is to integrate the transport system of Turkmenistan into the international communications network.
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.
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.
Five nuclear powers: Russia, Great Britain, China, the United States and France should without delay ratify the Protocol on security guarantees to the Treaty on a nuclear-free zone in Central Asia that they signed on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made this statement. According to him, this achievement has become “a concrete step” aimed at the creation of the first such zone in the Northern Hemisphere.
The United Nations Secretary-General welcomes the signing of the Protocol . The Protocol commits the nuclear-weapon States to respect the application of the Treaty in Central Asia as well as not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against the parties to the Treaty,” according to a UN statement.
“When the Treaty entered into force on 21 March 2009, it created the world’s first nuclear-weapon-free zone located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere. The Secretary-General congratulates the five Central Asia States: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on their achievement today of the first concrete step towards theconsolidation of the zone. He hopes that the nuclear-weapon States ratify the Protocol without delay,” it says. “The Secretary-General reiterates his strong support for the further establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, which contribute to the strengthening of global norms against nuclear weapons to the benefit of non-proliferation, regional security and disarmament,” it adds.
It is remarkable that the protocol to the treaty has been signed today by all nuclear-weapon states simultaneously. This is the first such example in the world.
There are four other treaties on nuclear-weapons-free zones - in Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa. Mongolia's self-declared nuclear-free status has also been recognised through a United Nations General Assembly resolution.
Turkmenistan and Republic of Fiji established diplomatic relations on May 2, 2014.
The signing ceremony of a Joint communiqué on the establishment of the diplomatic relations between two countries took place at the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations in New York. The communiqué was signed by Ambassador of Turkmenistan Aksoltan Ataeva and Ambassador of Fiji Peter Thomson.
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Water scarcity and its quality, as well as efficient management of available water resources are among the most critical issues to be addressed for sustainable development of Turkmenistan.
The National Climate Change Strategy of Turkmenistan, adopted in 2012, envisages the implementation of a whole set of activities aimed at improving the quality of irrigated lands, re-equipment of the existing irrigation systems and introducing of innovative technologies in the land and water management. In this context, the primary importance is reserved for international cooperation on the issues of rational use and protection of land and water resources, and increasing the water and land management efficiency by learning from best international practices.
On the 27th of February, 2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan took part at the work of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. In his presentation the Minister raised the issues of the enhancement of the OSCE activities in the context of revitalization of some of the OSCE dimensions.
Within the framework of the Permanent Council work, the delegation of Turkmenistan had the meetings with the heads of the international organizations and UN agencies, located in Vienna. In particular, the delegation met with OSCE Secretary General Mr.Lamberto Zannier, Director General of the Vienna UN Office, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Mr.Y.Fedotov, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mr.Yukia Amano and some others.