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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to attend a high-level conference

On June 20, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is going on a working visit to the Republic of Tajikistan to attend a High-Level International Conference on the United Nations International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” in the city of Dushanbe.

The representative forum aims to continue dialogue on water issues among parties concerned, to expand and strengthen partnership in this important area, and to formulate a set of practical recommendations for achieving the water-related Sustainable Development Goals.

With its consistent foreign policy based on the principles of peace, positive neutrality and constructive international cooperation, Turkmenistan is actively supporting the global community’s efforts, aimed at addressing burning issues of today. In line with its national priorities and international commitments, for years our country has been contributing significantly to the development of fruitful cooperation in the conservation and sustainable use of water resources, which are regarded as crucial to human health and well-being.

The constructive initiatives announced by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at international forums, including sessions of the UN General Assembly, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, and the Seventh World Water Forum in the Republic of Korea stand as remarkable testimony to this.

They also include our country’s proposal to open the Ashgabat-based Regional Center for Climate Change Technologies for Central Asia (with all necessary infrastructure to be provided by the Turkmen side), and the proposal to draw up a Special UN Aral Sea Program and a UN Water Strategy.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted at a recent Cabinet session that today water issues cannot be considered separately from strategic plans for global sustainable development, including socio-economic progress, ecological safety, and climate change. Speaking on the subject, the head of state noted that Turkmenistan, which currently holds the presidency of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), is fully committed to tackling all the issues in accordance with rules of international law and in close cooperation with the United Nations and other authoritative organizations.

Importantly, the social, economic and environmental policy pursued by the Turkmen leader directly correlates with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context, Turkmenistan is making massive efforts to apply water-efficient technologies, and build modern water treatment plants, desalination plants, and water purification facilities.

The Altyn Asyr Lake project, ongoing in the Karakum Desert, is one of the vivid examples of our country’s meaningful contribution to tackling global water conservation issues and environmental problems. This unrivalled megaproject is of the utmost importance to Turkmenistan and to Central Asia. Once completed, it will bring obvious environmental benefits to the region.

Alongside with that, the National Climate Change Strategy and the National Forest Program of Turkmenistan are being consistently implemented in the country. A 2018-2030 Water Resources Development and Management Program of Turkmenistan, aimed to effectively exploit the sector’s untapped potential and boost its performance, is currently in the course of preparation.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s participation in the High-Level International Conference “Water for Sustainable Development” yet again testifies to our country’s willingness to seek constructive cooperation with the United Nations, IFAS, and other reputable organizations to address strategically important global issues, exchange experience and best water conservation practices for global sustainable development.

As part of the working visit by the President of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Tajikistan, bilateral meetings are scheduled to take place to discuss prospects for closer interstate cooperation across the whole spectrum of areas.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan