The first ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference under the auspices of the United Nations has kicked off in the capital city of Turkmenistan. Numerous guests from dozens of countries gathered in Central Asia's biggest convertible venue for international forums � the Hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan that can simultaneously accommodate up to six thousand guests.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended the opening ceremony. They delivered speeches before the distinguished audience during the plenary session of the high-level conference.
The heads of delegations participating in the conference include the Presidents of Afghanistan and Georgia, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Second President of the National Council of the Republic of Austria, the Chairman of the Council of the National Assembly of Belarus. The Ashgabat conference is also being attended by the government officials, heads of relevant ministries of many countries, leaders and representatives of the UN and its commissions and specialized agencies, as well as OSCE, ECO, SCO, CIS, the European Commission and other international organizations whose activities are related to all areas of the transport sector.
The fact of holding such high-level forum in Turkmenistan is evidence of the country's high international reputation and recognition of its initiatives aimed at developing a global partnership in the transport-communications sector, which is one of the priority areas in building the capacity of the global economy, playing an important role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.