Today, a women's meeting was held in the Mejlis of Turkmenistan with Natalya German, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, who is completing her work in Ashgabat, and the head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. It was attended by the Speaker of the Mejlis, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the culture system, heads and representatives of ministries and departments, political and social organizations, higher educational institutions, mass media.
At the meeting, it was noted that since 2007, the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia has been operating in our country. It was emphasized that over the past years, this center has made a great contribution to ensuring peace and stability in the region, it has gained rich experience in this field, it was carried out using the tools of preventive diplomacy, and these tools are still very important today. Also, the center's work is aimed at developing effective cooperation between Central Asian states, supporting their foreign policy initiatives aimed at establishing good neighborly relations.
The Women's Dialogue is the first of its kind in the history of Central Asia, established in December 2020 by representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan with the support of the United Nations. The initiative to hold the women's forum in Ashgabat belongs to the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the People's Council of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. In August 2021, on the initiative of our Heroic Friend, a dialogue of women from Central Asian countries was held for the first time in the Avaza national tourist zone.
In 2022, within the framework of the chairmanship of the women's dialogue of the country, the Regulations of this structure were prepared and adopted. An international community of talented women was established, and various activities aimed at ensuring gender equality and promoting women's entrepreneurship were held. Among them, the dialogue of the women of Central Asian countries and Russia can be shown.
It was emphasized with great gratitude that President Serdar Berdimuhamedov's support and special attention to the successful activities of Turkmenistan under the chairmanship of women's dialogue.
Noting Natalia German's contribution to expanding the dialogue of women in Central Asian countries, the leader of the National Parliament congratulated the head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia on her appointment as the Executive Director of the Executive Directorate of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, wishing her success in her new position. he dreamed.
In turn, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Serdar Berdimuhamedov for five years of support to the work of the diplomatic mission led by Natalia German, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, and for the conditions created for multilateral cooperation. He expressed his sincere happiness to our Heroic Friend Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The key to preventive diplomacy is trust and effective cooperation. This is important for the entire region. Because it expresses the priorities of our cooperation for the security and well-being of Central Asia. In this regard, it was emphasized that the UN regards our country as a reliable and responsible partner that greatly contributes to the strengthening of regional and international cooperation. Taking into account the prospects within the framework of cooperation with the United Nations Organization and its main structures, including the Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, a new program aimed at the implementation of regional development tasks and its further successful integration into the modern world economic relations system is being considered. ,
Natalya German emphasized the growing role of women in solving important issues of the regional and global agenda, and noted that the creative work of women is very important today, and the work of the Women's Dialogue of Central Asian States is a clear proof of this. Special attention was paid to the importance of implementing a policy aimed at achieving gender equality and ensuring full participation of women in the political, social and economic life of society.
Ms. Natalyan German affirmed the comprehensive support of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for the implementation of national reforms, and said that as a result of joint efforts with UN bodies, the great potential of various initiatives will be realized, to promote the participation and representation of women, and to increase their role in resisting global threats. expressed confidence that new standards will be achieved. Emphasizing that women with strong political will and economic independence can innovate, lead, adapt and create, she assured them that they will continue to use the knowledge and experience of women in the region for the sake of world peace.
As noted in the speeches, the past years confirmed the importance of the legal status of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality as an effective tool for strengthening peace, security, and sustainable development at the regional and global level and proved that it meets the goals of the United Nations. Our country stands for broad international cooperation in the interest of global welfare and development, showing qualitatively new, integrated approaches to solving the important problems of our time. This led to the selection of the Turkmen capital as the headquarters of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia with the unanimous support of all the states of the region.
It was emphasized that cooperation carried out only with interest can be an effective tool in solving the tasks. The importance of effective use of existing infrastructure capabilities of Turkmenistan to activate the work of various UN bodies in Central Asia and neighboring regions was emphasized. Cooperation in these networks is carried out on a regular and long-term basis and is aimed at achieving specific results.
As noted, large-scale works have been carried out in our country for many years with the initiative of our Heroic Friend to preserve, enrich and promote the cultural and spiritual heritage of our people, who contributed greatly to the treasure of universal values. Being one of the priorities of the country's national policy, it acts as an important part of the foreign policy. Particular attention is paid to the development of effective cooperation with foreign partners at the intergovernmental level and within the framework of prestigious international structures, including the United Nations. In this regard, the nature of effective cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was emphasized.
In recent years, historical monuments located within the territory of the country, various types of art and literary heritage of the Turkmen people have been included in the list of UNESCO's world-class historical and cultural objects. On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the great Turkmen poet and thinker Magtymguly Magtymguly, the national groups of the member countries of TURKSOY adopted the decision to declare 2024 as "the year of Magtymguly Pyragy, the great poet and thinker of the Turkish world". happened.
Cooperation with the United Nations Children's Fund is another important area of cooperation. In accordance with the agreements between the State Committee for Television, Radio and Cinematography and UNICEF, a number of interesting talks focused on early child development and school preparation have been prepared. A regular work plan for 2023 was also signed.
During the meeting, the participants emphasized that continuous activities aimed at revealing the organizational abilities of women, raising children, protecting the health of mothers and children, strengthening the family, and strengthening healthy lifestyles in society are being carried out. Propaganda activities are regularly organized to develop the art of carpet and embroidery, which was created by our parents and has reached our days. Today, our artistic women are continuing the traditions of handicrafts, creating beautiful paintings and paintings, patterns, national costumes, and decorative works. At the same time, efforts are being made to educate the younger generation based on our national moral values. Young people to respect the national heritage, it is very important to educate in the spirit of love of work and thirst for knowledge. The Honorable President Serdar Berdimuhamedov directs the youth to continue the noble traditions of our nation and creates all the conditions for them to receive education at the world level.
At the end of the meeting, it was emphasized that further support will be given to the work of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia and strengthening of its reputation.
The participants expressed their sincere gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan and the National Leader of the Turkmen people, the Chairman of the People's Council of Turkmenistan, our Heroic Archduke, for supporting the work and initiatives of women, improving their livelihood, promoting dialogue as an instrument of mutual understanding at the international and regional level.
After the meeting, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Asia, head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, Natalya German, gave a brief overview of the results of the center's work over the past five years:
- Today I say goodbye to hospitable Turkmenistan. We just had a meeting with the honorable Friend. I was also received by the President of Turkmenistan yesterday. With these meetings, my 5-year tenure as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Asia and the Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia is completed.
These years were a period of effective work, development of new initiatives, strengthening of existing forms of regional cooperation. Of course, it marked the moment of great cooperation between me and my colleagues from the regional center with our Turkmen partners.
White marble Ashgabat has been home to the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia for 15 years now. During this period, we felt tremendous support, especially from the honorable Friend. Dear Friend, when I started working in this position, he was leading the country, and the honorable Mr. President pays great attention to our work and always supports the initiatives and proposals of the regional center. I would like to note with satisfaction that neutral Turkmenistan has been a reliable partner of the United Nations during the years of independence.
The Turkmen side very skillfully and actively uses the dialogue platforms offered by the UN to develop its cooperation relations. During the years of independence, Turkmenistan acted as the author of 20 successful and unanimous resolutions of the international community and the UN General Assembly. In this regard, I would like to emphasize the initiatives and proposals that contribute to the strengthening of international peace and security. Today, we discussed with Honorable Arkadag about the declaration of 2021 as the "Year of International Peace and Trust" on the initiative of the National Leader of the Turkmen people. On the initiative of Turkmenistan, 2023 was declared the "International Year of Dialogue as a Guarantee of Peace". In fact, these two international pioneers of peace-loving philosophies, It is an expression of a non-confrontational approach to solving controversial issues. These initiatives are also compatible with the concept of preventive diplomacy. Because neutrality and preventive diplomacy are one and the same concept.
Today, I expressed my gratitude to Honorable Arkady for this very philosophy - the culture of peace, which formed the basis of many activities and initiatives carried out not only in Turkmenistan and the Central Asian region, but throughout the world. Of course, it should be noted that together with the Honorable Arkadag and the Speaker of the Mejlis, we have prepared the proposal to establish a dialogue of women of Central Asian countries. This initiative was launched in December 2020 and this dialogue is already running successfully for the third year.
Allow me to express my gratitude for inviting representatives of women's dialogue during the third consultative meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asian countries in Avaza! Thus, in 2021, two important forums were held in Avaza, including the dialogue of women of Central Asian countries. This principle is becoming more and more a noble tradition, and when the Heads of other countries of the region are holding high-level meetings, they invite women - representatives of all Central Asian countries, and offer to contribute and share their initiatives.
I would like to emphasize that Turkmenistan continues to promote effective initiatives within the framework of the policy of positive neutrality. As I have already said, it should be noted that several recommendations have been implemented in the field of peace and security, as well as energy security. We actively worked with the leaders and the Government of Turkmenistan in this area. These initiatives were supported by the Central Asian countries and created a great response in the world community. Finally, I would like to highlight the initiatives and proposals aimed at the development of transport and trade interconnections, and the increase of trade turnover between the Central Asian states and all countries bordering this region. In recent years, the Central Asian region has experienced exceptional growth. In this region, the events that bring the fraternal peoples of the Central Asian states closer are spreading at a high pace. Such a positive situation makes it possible to solve all the important issues of the agenda. In this way, various threats and threats to national and regional stability and security can be prevented.
My colleagues and I have been in Turkmenistan for five years and have really felt great support. In a few days, I am leaving the hospitable Turkmenistan, and my heart is full of gratitude to the people of Turkmenistan, to the Honorable Arkady and the President of the country, to my colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have worked closely with me.
I will always visit hospitable Turkmenistan with great pleasure. In conclusion, I wish the leaders of Turkmenistan and the entire Turkmen people peace, prosperity, happiness and prosperity.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper