Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan
Most recently, The Republic of Turkmenistan rigorously participated in the 71th session of the UN General Assembly. H.E. Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan emphamized on world leaders to adhere to and collectively advance the principles of United Nations Charter, international conventions and agreements aimed at resolving conflicts because of the escalation of conflict in different parts of the world, increased militarization and disrespect of international law. He focused to have objectively increasingly closer and more coordinated interaction of States and major international organizations for the sake of achieving the common goal ensuring international peace and security and preserving legal and institutional frameworks that form the foundation of today’s world order.
During his remarkable speech, he rightly pinpointed threats to peace and stability that now transcend national borders, political and ideological doctrines, and terrorism alike which falls outside the notions of human morality, are now undermining the entire system of world order, its principles, values and foundations. H.E. Rashid advocated Turkmenistan’s different initiatives to tackle these fatal threats to human survival on this planet and pledged a universal response to it.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan successfully showcased policy statments of his country on different issues not confined to peace and security, implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, resolution of climate change, and problems of migrants, refugees and stateless persons. He also projected Turkmenistan’s government goals, tragets and indisctors of SDGs.
On its part, Turkmenistan under the visionary leadership of its Presidennt H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has surpassed all the regional countries to adopt and implement SDGs in its true letters and spirits in the country. It has already adopted the global indicators which will be utilized in developing and implementing state programs of social and economic development. It is indeed a “road-map” to achieve the desired goals/targets of social development in the country. The government of Turkmenistan has already initiated diversified but integrated reforms/policies to gear-up the SDGs in the country. It is about to achieve sustainable socio-economic development. It speaks about “qualitative life”. It stands for empowerment of women. It fosters social development. It provides basic necessities of life. It cares about education, clean drinking water, health and the last but not the least, shelter.
The delegation of Turkmenistan also held meetings with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Wu Hongbo. Matters of mutual cooperation and further strengthening of scope of coordination with special reference to the upcoming “Global Conference on Sustainable Transport System” to be held on November 26-27, 2016 at Ashgabat were thoroughly discussed. Moreover, joint activities on strengthening regional security and other important issues of partnership had also been tabled and thoroughly discussed.
In his address, he also highlighted the importance of the Paris Agreement on climate change and suggested that a special conference, under the auspices of the UN, that will be dedicated to measures for improving environmental situation in Central Asia be held next year. He further noted that in after assuming the chair of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, Turkmenistan will discuss with other regional countries and UN agencies means to advance the agenda.
On the final days of its visit, the Turkmen delegation held meetings with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Jean-Paul Laborde. In these meaningful meetings, the significance of Turkmenistan’s peace-building initiatives, and its commitment to the effective and practical implementation of “Sustainable Development Goals” in the context of preparations for the first Global Conference on Sustainable Transport have been noted. On 24 September 2016, the delegation of Turkmenistan departed from New York to Ashgabat.
Turkmenistan has excelled in pace of development in the region. It has the best social development model in the region. Due to its gradual reforms its national economy has achieved new targets of prosperity and sustainability. It values its people as real “strategic assets” due to which is now rated as one of the fastest growing, prosperous and peace-loving nations of the world. Its global partnership with so many international forums and organizations has already paved the way of greater economic integration and regional connectivity. The 71th session of the UN General Assembly clearly shows Turkmenistan’s overall socio-economic development along with a strong political will to achieve, maintain and sustain pace of socio-economic development in the country.
Turkmenistan is peace loving country and its “neutrality status” was again highly appreciated during the 71th UN General Assembly Session. It’s diversified but integrated initiatives and concrete actions for achieving desired goals of peace, security and progress was widely acknowledged. Modernization of the economy and transformation of Turkmenistan into industrialized developed countries the active integration into the world economy is an economic miracle.
Its consistent consolidation of international efforts to address the key issues of the global agenda, the approval of the UN leading role in the preservation and strengthening of world peace, stability and security, the full realization of the stated agenda of sustainable development up to 2030, the steady implementation by member states of their commitments to ensure sustainable development in the light of the agreements reached at the relevant conferences is the resultant of its close liaison with so many global organizations through global partnership.
Priority position of Turkmenistan in the 71st session of the UN General Assembly reflected the inviolability of the basic foundations of its foreign policy, according to which, Turkmenistan will continue to strictly follow the principles of neutrality, non-interference, guided by a strong commitment to a peaceful, political means to resolve conflicts and contradictions.
Turkmenistan is a full member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, as well as a number of specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Commission on Economic and Social Council, the Governing Council of the United Nations on Human Settlements Programme, the Commission on Population and Development, the Executives Board for Coordination of the United Nations framework on gender equality and the empowerment of women, the UN Commission for social development, the United Nations Commission on science and technology for development. Its unique contribution and participation in so many associated organizations of the UN was highly recognized during the 71th UN General Assembly Session.
It projected and defined the consistent work on implementation of international initiatives of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on global and regional issues. Priority positions reflected their strategic directions, covering the promotion of peace and security, strengthening the partnership for sustainable development, increasing international cooperation in the transport and energy sectors, to develop and implement effective solutions to the issues of environmental and disaster risk reduction.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is the leader of the 21st century who has the strategic vision. Adoption and implementation of SDGs in Turkmenistan has already set a new direction and road-map of socio-economic development in the country. The Republic of Turkmenistan stands for peace, development, security, global partnership and sustained pursuits of economic development which it reflected in the 71th UN General Assembly Session.
The foreign minister reaffirmed Turkmenistan’s commitment to continue to cooperate with the UN and active involvement in and support for its political and diplomatic efforts to preserve and strengthen global security and in implementing its programmes in the economic, social, environmental, humanitarian and other areas.