Seminar on strategy planning for the UN Development Assistance Framework for Turkmenistan (UNDAF) 2016-2020 has been held in Ashgabat on September 10-11, 2014.
The forum was attended by national partners at the level of deputy ministers and national experts, public organizations of Turkmenistan, the UN staff in the country and diplomatic corps.
The agenda of the workshop concluded the results of the work, that have been done and identified the main areas of further increased cooperation on the UNDAF.The participants noted high outcome indicators of the cooperation in the past period and expressed their confidence in successful continuation of joint efforts for sustainable development of the country and wider region.
The UNDAF is the strategic programme framework that describes the collective response of the UN system to national development priorities. The General Assembly, in the 2007 Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (TCPR), encourages the UN development system to intensify its collaboration at the country and regional levels towards strengthening national capacities, in support of national development priorities, through the common country assessment, when required, and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). It recognizes the potential of the UNDAF and its results matrix as the collective, coherent and integrated programming and monitoring framework for country-level contributions.
The role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation, stability and sustainable development will be discussed at a high-level international conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from 3 to 4 September 2014. The event is organized by the Government of Turkmenistan, in collaboration with UNECE, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the International Road Transport Union.
UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach will deliver one of the opening addresses, highlighting some of the key contributions UNECE is making to develop sustainable transport and transit corridors in the region. These include, among others: the Euro-Asian Transport Links project, which identified 9 rail and 9 road routes that could offer quicker and cheaper alternatives to sea fare between Europe and Asia, once proper infrastructures and border crossing procedures are in place; international legal instruments to facilitate the transit of goods across borders, such as the 1982 Harmonization Convention or the 1975 TIR Convention; on-going efforts to develop a unified railway regulatory framework to expedite rail border crossings between regions and to improve the competitiveness of international rail freight services; or United Nations Road safety Conventions developed and administered by UNECE. While in Ashgabat, the Executive Secretary will host a series of bilateral meetings with high-level officials, including, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan responsible for Transport and Communications Satlyk Satlykov, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and Deputy Executive Secretary of UNESCAP Shun-ichi Murata.
High-level participants, Ministers, Deputies and other high ranking representatives of international organizations and participating countries will discuss the role of transport and transit corridors in fostering economic development and strengthening international cooperation. Financing mechanisms, policy and technical obstacles to closer integration as well as facilitation measures which could promote faster integration of national economies and transport systems in the global economy will also be addressed. The conference will also consider how transport transit corridors contribute to economic, social and environmentally sustainable development, as well as strategies and policy coordination needed to maximize the benefits of seamless transport services.
On August 5-6, 2014in Muscat city the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan joined the meeting of Foreign Ministers from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding on implementation of the Agreement on the Establishment of an International Transport and Transit Corridor between the Governments of Iran, Oman, Qatar, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. As it is known, the Agreement was signed in Ashgabat on April, 2011.
In Muscat the ministers noted that implementation of Ashgabat Agreement will further promote mutually beneficial trade-economic partnership between the countries of Central Asia and the Middle East. This meeting is an important step toward sustainable development of the regions.
There has been a bilateral meetings of Turkmen delegation with counterparts from Iran, Oman and Uzbekistan. Current bilateral agenda and futher development of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed.
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.
Turkmenistan considers the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly as an important stage in consolidating coherent international efforts with a view to address key issues of the global agenda, uphold the United Nations leading role in maintaining and strengthening peace, stability and security in the world, and to fully realize the Millennium Development Goals, as well as steadily implement the Member States’ international obligations to ensure sustainable development in the light of the agreements reached at the Rio +20 Summit.
During its work at the 69th session of the General Assembly Turkmenistan will be guided by strict adherence to the principles of neutrality, non-interference and resolute commitments for peaceful political means to resolve conflicts and disputes.
The direction of Turkmenistan’s efforts will be determined by the relevant focus areas, connected with its membership in the Economic and Social Council, Executive Board of UNESCO and other UN specialized agencies.
Turkmenistan will continue to promote international initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan on global and regional issues.
Turkmenistan fully met obligations on the construction of the Turkmen section of the Kazakhstan - Turkmenistan – Iran railway, which is part of the North - South transport corridor. Railroad has been reached the border of Iran and it is fully functional.
North-South transport corridor will promote further development in natural resources rich Balkan region, at the same time create jobs, provide increased logistics for human resources and goods across the region.
Along with North-South rail transit and road transport corridor Turkmenistan is giving special attention to provide better quality high-way transit capacities between Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi (East-West) with further connection to the international airport and newly initiated sea port on the Caspian coast.
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.
H.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.
- Statement of Co-Chairs of the International Conference on Migration and Statelessness: identifying challenges and way forward (23-24 June 2014, Ashgabat)
- JOINT PRESS RELEASE for the International Conference on Migration and Statelessness (23 June 2014)
- Ashgabat hosts two days International conference on migration and statelessness
- Turkmen Ambassador presents credentials to Venezuelan Vice President
- Statement by the delegation of Turkmenistan at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum (6 June 2014, New York)
- Turkmenistan marks World No Tobacco Day
- Turkmen and British scientists work on inclusion of Badkhyz and Koytendag in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites
- Foreign Ministry discusses cooperation with the regional director of the United Nations Population Fund
- UNESCO Director-General boosts cooperation with Turkmenistan
- Turkmen President concludes state visit to China
- Turkmen delegation participates in 17th session of UN Commission on Science and Technology
- Nuclear powers pledge not to use weapons on Central Asian nations
- Climate risk assessment workshop was organised within the framework of the UNDP project of Climate Risk Management in Turkmenistan
- Turkmenistan and Fiji established diplomatic relations
- Turkmenistan makes another step in reforming the education system
- UNDP projects boosts efforts in the field of climate change and water management in Turkmenistan
- Preparations for International Conference on Transport discussed at Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan
- High-level delegation of Turkmenistan met with heads of international organizations, UN agencies located in Vienna
- The list of fairs, exhibitions, scientific conferences and festivals to be held by ministries and departments of Turkmenistan in 2014
- National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan studied the electoral systems and processes practiced in Germany