Turkmenistan, UN discuss framework for country’s development
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 26 / Trend H.Hasanov /
An annual review of the UN Development Framework (UNDAF), for Turkmenistan during 2010-2015 was discussed at a meeting held in Ashgabat, Turkmen state news service said on Friday.
Representatives of several ministries, departments and public organisations, MPs, heads and staff of UN agencies accredited in Ashgabat, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO attended the meeting.
Discussion of results achieved in the framework of the UNDAF mid-term programme and determination of the prospects of further cooperation in 2012 were put on the agenda.
The programme signed between the Government of Turkmenistan and UN Development Programme (UNDP) in August 2009 aims at expanding bilateral cooperation.
It was noted at the meeting that 'Turkmenistan is seeking to use the high status of a permanent positive neutrality confirmed by a UN General Assembly resolution, for the promotion of peace and universal security, establishment of mutually beneficial cooperation with all countries and leading international institutions and above all, with the UN' .
In this context, speakers emphasised that one of the examples of effective co-operation designed from the long-term perspective, is the election of the Turkmenistan as member of three authoritative bodies of the UN. These are the UN Commission on Population and Development for 2012-2015, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs for 2012-2015 and on an permanent basis to the Executive Committee of the Programme of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
It was also noted that the work focuses on the implementation into national law of the main principles of fundamental international conventions in different fields including human rights, sustainable development and environmental security.
Attention is being paid to the development of projects aimed at improving social area, health, education and the banking system.
One important aspect is also the consolidation of efforts to combat dangerous modern day challenges, such as drug trafficking, organised crime, terrorism and other threats concerning everyone.