The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding an inter-regional meeting in Ashgabat, addressing the issues of cross border partnership in malaria control and elimination. The meeting has brought together representatives of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, as well as two WHO regions - Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The meeting has been organized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, the offices of the WHO European and Eastern Mediterranean regions and the WHO country office in Turkmenistan.
As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports quoting the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, the meeting will review the current situation on malaria, analyze problems relating to combating and elimination of malaria, focusing on cross-border cooperation. The meeting participants will also discuss joint plans on coordination and organization of activities in the border areas and improvement of regular exchange of relevant information.
Turkmenistan believes that the 68th session of the United Nations marks an important stage in the process of consolidation of efforts of the international community aimed at maintaining and strengthening universal peace, stability and security, crating foundations for multilateral dialogue on various regional issues, adopting meaningful decisions on sustainable development and resolution of modern challenges and threats. Turkmenistan formulates its approaches to the work of 68th session of the UN proceeding from the purposes, tasks and the priorities of international cooperation reflected in its Concept of foreign policy for the period of 2013-2017 years, foreign policy initiatives which have been put forward by the President of Turkmenistan, as well as Turkmenistan’s membership in electoral bodies of the Organization.
A delegation of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is on a working visit in Turkmenistan, the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat quoting the official sources.
The OSCE delegation held meetings at the Mejlis (Parliament), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums of Turkmenistan.
The sides discussed promising areas of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the OSCE in the area of implementation of international law in the national legislation of Turkmenistan, as well as preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for this December.
The OSCE delegation will also hold meetings at the Turkmen National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan, as well as with representatives of political parties and public organizations of Turkmenistan.
A new nature reserve has been established in the Kara Kum desert. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree to this effect at a government meeting.
The document instructs the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan to establish State Nature Reserve “Bereketli Garagum” (Bountiful Kara Kum) with a local state nature reserve in its structure. The new nature reserve will not be a legal entity.
Signing the decree, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the new large-scale nature conservation project is designed to preserve the unique ecological system and natural resources of the Kara Kum desert, one of the world largest deserts.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree appointing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to the Russian Federation (Moscow) Berdimyrat Redzhepov Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Spain concurrently.
By the presidential decree, Yazguly Mammedov has been promoted to the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).
President also signed a decree appointing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Romania (Bucharest) Shohrat Jumayev Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Croatia concurrently.
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.
Issues relating to establishment of Turkmenistan’s Embassy in the Republic of Korea (Seoul) and Turkmenistan’s Consulate in Kazakhstan (Aktau) were discussed at the last government meeting.
In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a number of specific instructions with regard to establishment of Turkmenistan’s Embassy in Seoul and Consulate in Aktau. The President of Turkmenistan noted that these events will become important milestones in the history of relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea and Kazakhstan.
Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea established the diplomatic relations in February 1992. In January 2007, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea was opened in Turkmenistan.
Kazakhstan’s city of Aktau is the regional center of Mangistau region, neighboring Balkan province of Turkmenistan. This region of Kazakhstan is home to a large Turkmen diaspora. The two countries reached an agreement on establishment of the Consulate of Turkmenistan in the city of Aktau and Consulate of Kazakhstan in the city of Turkmenbashi.
Turkmenistan has established diplomatic relations with 131 countries. Turkmenistan maintains 33 diplomatic missions and consulates in foreign countries.
Issues relating to establishment of a unified educational space were on top of the agenda of the seminar held under the auspices of the EU programme “Tempus” at the Turkmen National Institute of World Languages named after Azadi.
The seminar was attended by representatives of educational institutions of Turkmenistan and the European Union member states - Germany, Portugal and Poland.
The project started in late 2010. It aims to improve national educational standards in Turkmenistan through learning and application of best European practices in this field.
According to the Bologna Declaration that seeks to ensure unified educational standards in the participating countries, the project facilitated a series of educational and training activities in Turkmenistan to find a compromise between the traditional forms of learning and innovative trends in education to enable the country to join the unified European educational space.
Turkmenistan’s real GDP growth in the first half of 2013 was 9.4 percent. According to the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent in Ashgabat, this was reported at the last government meeting discussing the socio-economic performance of the country over 6 months.
As a whole, all sectors of the national economy developed rapidly in the reported period. For example, the rate of the industry’s growth amounted to 6.6 percent, construction sector’s growth - 17.7 per cent, the service sector’s growth - 11.3 percent and agricultural growth- 7 percent.
Significant growth is reported in the construction industry. At present, some 1865 facilities are being erected in the country, while capital investments exceeded US $ 41 billion. Of this amount, US $ 13 billion are being used by the national companies of Turkmenistan for construction of facilities.
Head of the Regional Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for Central Asia, Yves Arnold, held a meeting at the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan.
According to the press service of the Foreign Ministry, the sides discussed Turkmenistan’s cooperation with this international organization, prospects of joint work in implementing the international humanitarian law, establishment and development of relations of Turkmenistan’s academic institutions with the ICRC.
The sides also highlighted the importance of holding training courses, workshops and seminars and taking a number of practical measures aimed at implementing the international instruments in the area of human rights and freedoms.
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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