Turkmenistan proposes to open UN Environment Centre for Central Asia and Caspian basin
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Aug. 28 / Trend H.Hasanov /
UN supports Turkmenistan's initiative to open the center of the UN Environment Programme for the Economies of Central Asia and the Caspian Basin, UN coordinator Lenni Montiel said in an interview with the newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan actively works in the field of environmental protection, climate change and energy efficiency. This work includes support to the development of policies and strategies, and contribution to addressing specific environmental problems.
Given that the country is located in a seismic zone, Turkmenistan's cooperation with UN on matters related to emergency preparedness is vital. UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP and UNFPA have been working in this direction.
Montiel said the opening of the regional representation of the UN Office for Project Services is now under discussion.
Montiel said Turkmenistan nominees itself as member of the UN Economic and Social Council, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
"These issues will be addressed during the negotiations among the UN member-states. As the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, I fully support these aspirations and wish Turkmenistan success in this important work," Montiel said.
Montiel emphasized that in the context of UN peacekeeping efforts, "the structure appreciates Turkmenistan's efforts to achieve security and sustainable development at global and regional levels.
"For example, energy security issues in Central Asia, as we all know, are directly related to issues of disarmament and nonproliferation of all weapons," he said.
The international conference of the states of the Central Asia and the Caspian basin on Disarmament Affairs held in Ashgabat in July demonstrates that Turkmenistan is committed to achieving peace and stability in the region and worldwide, Montiel said.
Montiel noted that Turkmenistan has repeatedly hosted peace talks, including the inter-Tajik and inter-Afghan consultation.
"The Turkmen government's recent proposal to organize High Level Meeting on Afghanistan in Ashgabat under the auspices of UN is a timely," he said.
UN supports Turkmenistan in implementation of various government initiatives. United Nations Development Programme, UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Fund for Population, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, World Health Organization, International Organization for Migration are longstanding partners of Turkmenistan.
UN continues to collaborate with the Turkmen government in areas such as improving the juvenile justice system, protection of maternal and child health, strengthening of surveillance systems, support for stateless persons, human rights, environment and climate change, improving educational standards.
UN agencies in the country support Turkmenistan in preparation for the census, transition to international statistical standards and improvement of the system of national accounts.
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