A briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the period of the country’s chairmanship in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) from 2017 to 2019.
The press conference was attended by employees of various departments, heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of Turkmenistan abroad, representatives of local and foreign media, university professors and students.
Turkmenistan assumed the chairmanship of IFAS on a rotational basis on January 1, 2017. Under the leadership of President Berdimuhamedov as the chairman of the Fund, a Concept was developed aimed at implementing the tasks facing IFAS. According to it, the development and strengthening of cooperation between the countries of the Aral Sea basin, the solution of its water management, environmental, socio-economic problems were identified as the main tasks of the Executive Committee of the Fund.
As the speakers noted, the adoption of the Resolutions on Cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea on April 12, 2018 and May 28, 2019, was a landmark event in the IFAS’s activities during the presidency of Turkmenistan. The documents suggest that specialized agencies, financial institutions and organizations included in the UN system should systematically develop cooperation with IFAS.
“Turkmenistan, being the chairman of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, did a great job, which was supported by the international community,” said Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Aksoltan Ataeva.
During the presidency of Turkmenistan, after an almost 10-year break on August 24, 2018, a meeting of the Council of Heads of the Founding States of IFAS was held, followed by the adoption of a Joint Communique. The summit once again demonstrated the need for joint action to solve the problems of the Aral Sea.
As noted at the briefing, the development of the UN Special Program for the Aral Sea Basin was launched, designed to consolidate the efforts of the countries of the region and the international community in combating the consequences of the Aral Sea ecological crisis. The decision to develop the ASBP-4 was made at the first meeting of the IFAS Board at the level of Central Asian Prime Ministers on January 30, 2018, during the period of Turkmenistan’s chairmanship.
As the chairman of IFAS, Turkmenistan has been actively working to further enhance the international authority of the Fund. So, numerous meetings were held, consultations with international organizations and financial institutions in various areas of the Fund.
“During this period, productive work was carried out that combined the efforts of the states of the region to preserve the Aral Sea,” candidate of environmental sciences Makhtumkuli Akmuradov told ORIENT.