Turkmenistan offers establishing UN Interregional Center on Climate Change
Turkmenistan , Ashgabat, Sept.7 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
Ashgabat plans to push the idea of establishing an Interregional Center of the UN from the UN podium in New York to resolve problems associated with planetary climate changes, the Turkmen government press-service reported.
The initiative will be announced at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, which will open in mid-September. The Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov received the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Lenni Montiel the previous day.
"Montiel stressed a special reality of important international initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader, including proposals of establishing a UN Interregional Center for addressing issues relating to global climate change, which will be voiced at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly," the report says.
The sides discussed the agenda for the upcoming forum and issues related to Turkmenistan's participation at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban (South Africa) in November; as well as in the International Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 2012.
Turkmenistan has recently been elected to the three prestigious bodies of the UN - the UN Commission on Population and Development for 2012-2015, the UN Commission on Drugs for 2012-2015, and for an ongoing basis, the UN Refugee Agency's Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Program .
Berdimuhammadov confirmed that "neutral Turkmenistan, which adheres to the principle of broad international cooperation, will further continue to make due contribution to resolving the pressing problems of our time."