The Chairperson and deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan took part in the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) member states. The two-day videoconference forum was organized by the IPU jointly with the Austrian Parliament and the United Nations.
The agenda included the issues of gender equality, the expansion of economic, social, cultural rights and financial opportunities of women, interaction between countries to reduce the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Turkmenistan representatives underlined the importance of further strengthening fruitful contacts with international and inter-parliamentary organizations, which is one of the priorities of the constructive policy implemented by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. In this context, it was emphasized that Turkmenistan, as an active member of the Community of Nations, took an active part in solving urgent problems of our time.
Efficient collaboration has been established in the field of gender equality, maternal and child health, ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities, youth policy, etc. In particular, the country successfully implements health programmes, initiated by the President of Turkmenistan, developed in accordance with WHO recommendations and national legislation.
During the video forum, it was emphasized that at the current stage of world history, women played an important role in the development of parliamentary diplomacy. They need to use their growing influence to address such crucial issues as terrorism, global poverty, the spread of illegal migration, and threats to food and environmental security.
One of the topics for discussions was the expansion of their economic rights and financial affordability. In this context, it was emphasized that the strategies related to climate change and public health protection should be comprehensive and implemented with gender perspective.
The forum participants exchanged views on the role and tasks of inter-parliamentary interaction. Highly assessing the prospects for further cooperation, the participants in the meeting called for the consolidation of joint efforts to develop effective mechanisms to address the global issues in the field of sustainable development.
Participation of the representatives of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan in the current Summit was another step towards strengthening inter-parliamentary dialogue and building up cooperation with international organizations, and, first of all, with the UN.
Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH