17.09.12 23:04

Turkmenistan to put forward a number of specific initiatives at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly

According to the press service of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Russian Federation, at the upcoming 67th session of the UN General Assembly, beginning September 18 in New York, the major focus of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy efforts will be in the following areas:

1. Peace and security

2. Sustainable development

3. Energy Security

4. Environment and Climate Change

5. Humanitarian dimension

In the first area (peace and security), Turkmenistan will provide all possible support to the disarmament processes. To this end, Turkmenistan proposes holding a High Level Consultative Meeting in 2013 to discuss measures to expand the international nonproliferation legal framework.

Given that further improvement of the relevant UN agencies can be one of the practical steps to implement progressive measures in the sphere of disarmament, Turkmenistan proposes establishing a Sub-regional Centre for Disarmament in Asia.

Turkmenistan considers joint activities of the UN Member States in combating illicit drug trafficking one of the priority areas of cooperation within the UN. Ashgabat considers it useful to engage the expert community to discuss effective approaches to regional and national projects and programmes of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the European Union, as well as bilateral projects. In this context, Turkmenistan will propose establishing a permanent consultative mechanism consisting of experts, which can be joined by representatives of the governmental and non-governmental structures, as well as international consultants.

In the second area (sustainable development), Turkmenistan will continue taking practical steps to implement the initiatives put forward by the President of Turkmenistan at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio +20".

In the third area (energy security), particular attention will be paid to creating an international mechanism aimed at effective functioning of the system of energy supplies.

In support of this initiative Turkmenistan will invite the General Assembly to start substantive work to launch the process of establishment of international legal instruments that provide for three main elements:

- a multilateral UN document (convention, treaty);

- an institutional arrangement (a relevant UN body designed to monitor the implementation of a multilateral instrument);

- a database (a system for collection and analysis of data on fulfillment of commitments made by countries);

As the first step in this direction, Turkmenistan will propose establishing an international group of experts in cooperation with the UN, which could be comprised of representatives of all interested UN member states.  

In the fourth area (environment), considering the provisions of the "Rio +20" Final Document, Turkmenistan will propose organizing, in cooperation with the UN, an international conference "Green Economy for the 21st century: national experiences and international partnerships."

Turkmenistan considers development of a comprehensive approach to the problem of Aral Sea one of the most important issues that require more attention of the world community. Turkmenistan believes that it is necessary to continue promoting the idea on establishment of a UN Special Programme on the Aral Sea, which will provide for specific plans on stabilization and improvement of the situation in the Aral Sea region. At the same time, at the 67th session, Turkmenistan will prepare proposals on establishment of a format for international environmental cooperation on the Caspian Sea, providing for broader involvement of the relevant structures of the UN system.       

At the 67th session, Turkmenistan will further develop the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan for creation of effective international instruments in the field of climate change. For these purposes, Turkmenistan will begin working on the issue of establishment of a Regional Center for Climate Change Technologies in Central Asia and Caspian Basin.

In the fifth area (humanitarian dimension), Turkmenistan considers it expedient to include humanitarian issues in the agenda of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly as a separate and independent item. In this context, Turkmenistan proposes development of a UN Platform of Actions on humanitarian issues that will serve as a political and legal basis for consolidation of efforts of the world community in the humanitarian dimension.

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