President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani have inaugurated Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran transnational railway.
The heads of three states arrived at the Turkmen railway station “Akyayla” (white plain) on the Turkmen-Iranian border. The Presidents of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran had a trilateral meeting, during which they underlined the historic significance of the railway opening. The interlocutors expressed the continued commitment of their countries to the traditional relations of friendship, good neighborliness and fruitful cooperation.
Then, the Presidents of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran delivered short speeches at the ceremony of opening of the new transnational railway.
As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted in his speech, the longest part of the railway runs through the territory of Turkmenistan, accounting for 825 kilometers along with the side tracks. According to the President of Turkmenistan, from the economic point of view this railway is the shortest route for cargo delivery, including transit, as well as passenger transportation in the future. Time is currently the most important factor. In this regard, shortening the period of freight turnover provides a significant competitive advantage. In turn, it will take effect on business activities and ultimately on the growth of welfare of the peoples.
“Wellbeing of children is a top priority for the Government of Turkmenistan. With signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Turkmenistan made a commitment twenty years ago to protect and promote the rights of its youngest citizens,” said Vepa Hajyyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the high level meeting on the 25th anniversary of the CRC. “We reaffirm that commitment today,” stated V.Hajyyev.
The meeting hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with support of UNICEF, highlighted the progress since the country ratified the CRC. It also stressed out the unfinished business in advancing the child rights agenda. The meeting reaffirmed the relevance of the CRC, and pointed the way forward in realizing rights for the most excluded children in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. High level government officials, national partners, UN and other development agencies, civil society, media, diplomatic missions and children themselves attended the meeting.
“Gains in implementing the child rights are impressive and important. They prove that common goals and shared efforts can drive real change for children on the global, national and local levels,” said Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan. “The CRC anniversary must also serve as an urgent reminder of the millions of children globally we have not yet reached. We should find new ways of reaching them, and putting equity and children’s rights at the centre of agenda for all children, including the most vulnerable,” she added.
UNICEF launched the 2015 State of the World’s Children Report “Reimagine the Future: Innovation for every child” at the meeting. The report reflects on new ideas and creative solutions for solving key challenges to fully realize the rights of the children.
“Children and youth are important partners in development. Despite our differences, we have many things in common. We want quality education and healthcare, as well as opportunities to express our views. We want children with difference abilities to be fully included in our societies,” said Dunya Gurbanova and Nurgeldi Ushmekov at the meeting. Dunya and Nurgeldi represented Turkmenistan at the last year General Assembly special event on International Youth Voices in post-2015 world.
The high level meeting is one of the events organized to celebrate the CRC anniversary. All children born on 20 November 2014 will receive a congratulatory letter. Media representatives participated at the briefing to better understand the CRC issues and planned activities. Schoolchildren reflected their understanding of the CRC through the drawings, which were exhibited during the high level meeting. Educators and researchers gained knowledge on inclusive education at the Ministry of Education and UNICEF organized international conference. UNICEF will also organize an interactive discussion on child rights issues with students and faculty of international development studies.
An estimated 1.1 million children with disabilities form a significant proportion of the out-of-school population in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and their right to access quality education is too often violated.
Governments in the region, including Turkmenistan, are encouraged work towards “schools for all” which include everybody, celebrate differences, support learning, and respond to individual needs, UNICEF said at the international conference on inclusive education, which opened today in Turkmenistan.
Inclusive education requires that all children, including children with disabilities, not only have access to schooling within their own communities, but that they are provided with appropriate learning opportunities to achieve their full potential. Inclusive education stresses the open learning potential of each student, rather than a hierarchy of cognitive skills, and reform of the curriculum and a crosscutting pedagogy, rather than a need to focus on student deficiencies. Inclusive education also takes into account the active participation of students in the learning process and availability of the common curriculum for all, based upon differentiated and/or individualized instruction.
Organized by UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan, the conference on 12-13 November convenes experts from ten countries, as well as government officials, public organizations, international development agencies and media. At the centre of discussions are the sharing of good practices in inclusive education: appropriate legal framework, suitable policies, practices and financing.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities guarantees every child a right for quality education. Turkmenistan has signed both these conventions and made a commitment to address the issue of children with disabilities who should have access to an inclusive, quality and free pre-school, pre-primary, primary and secondary education on an equal basis with others.
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.
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.