UN declared 2021 as Year of Peace and Trust: Turkmenistan’s Initiative

UN declared 2021 as Year of Peace and Trust: Turkmenistan’s Initiative

A briefing was held in Ashgabat at the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan on the adoption by the UN General Assembly of another Resolution put forward by President Berdimuhamedov. This time, the Resolution is about declaring 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust.

Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to UN Aksoltan Atayeva, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, Head of Regional UN Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalya German, Head of OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd, Head of EU Contact Office in Turkmenistan Lubomir Frebort and others spoke at a briefing held with the participation of the heads of diplomatic missions and representations accredited in Turkmenistan, as well as the embassies of our country abroad.

During a briefing UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Elena Panova spoke as follows:

– The Resolution on declaring 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust was approved by the UN General Assembly to strengthen the ideals of peace both within and between countries.

It is symbolic that the resolution was adopted by the Community of Nations on the threshold of the Independence Day of Turkmenistan, which is of great importance for the Turkmen people in the historical, social and cultural aspect.

It is also symbolic on the international level, as it happened on the eve of the International Day of Peace, annually celebrated by the world community on September 21.

The declaration of 2021 as the Year of Peace and Trust is one of the objectives outlined among the priority positions of the Government of Turkmenistan at the 74th UN General Assembly. I welcome the fact that many UN member states supported the initiative of Turkmenistan, since it is impossible to achieve prosperity and sustainable development without peace and trust.

The basic provisions of the Resolution are in line with the fundamental principles of the United Nations on development of friendly relations between nations based on the principle of equality and self-determination of the peoples and, above all, the commitment to resolve disputes by peaceful means, and the determination to save future generations from the scourge of war.

The resolution emphasizes that the celebration of the International Year of Peace and Trust is a way to mobilize the international community to strengthen peace and trust between states, in particular through political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation, for the purposes of sustainable peace, solidarity and harmony.

Thus, supporting the initiative of Turkmenistan, the United Nations calls on the international community to further promote peace and trust in relations between states as a value conducive to sustainable development, peace and security, as well as respect for human rights.
In her speech, Elena Panova quoted President Berdimuhamedov saying:

– The foreign policy of Turkmenistan, based on the principles of positive neutrality, is built around such traditions of the Turkmen people as benevolence, peacefulness and humanism. Under the current difficult conditions of our time, Turkmenistan is confidently promoting humanitarian and political initiatives of historic importance in the international arena in the context of maintaining peace on the planet, ensuring the environmental, economic, energy and food security, and effectively combating global problems.

– The Turkmenistan’s peace and security strategy highlights that Turkmenistan, as a full participant in the world policy, significantly contributes to consolidating the efforts of the international community to address the threats to humanity, especially manifestations of terrorism and radicalism, the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan continued.

The neutral status of Turkmenistan provides for a dialogue on the practical application of the principles of neutrality in order to prevent conflicts, eliminate their causes and consequences, and resolve humanitarian issues.

– In view of this, the UN Office in Turkmenistan fully supports the new initiative of the Government of Turkmenistan to host the International Conference on Peace, Security and Development in Ashgabat in December 2020, which was also specified at the 74th UN General Assembly as one of the priorities of Turkmenistan, Panova said .

Another priority of Turkmenistan is the development of the UN Code on the effective application of the principles of neutrality in resolving international issues.
– We fully support this initiative, as it is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 16, which calls for assistance in building a peaceful and open society for sustainable development, Elena Panova said.

She recalled that in 2015, UN member states adopted 17 sustainable development goals, as they understood that it was impossible to establish peace on the planet if steps are not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people on the planet, and protect their rights.

Sustainable goals cover a wide range of issues, including inclusive economic development, social justice and climate change.

In this context, the holding of the 1st Caspian Economic Forum was a landmark and timely event. The Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, signed by the heads of five states in August 2018, was a starting point for further regional integration and opened a new chapter in cooperation in the fields of transport, trade, energy and environment.

– The platform of the Caspian Economic Forum can become another important collaboration aimed at ensuring economic growth in the region and beyond, Panova said, highlighting that the Presidency Statement on the 1st CEF results reflects the need to ensure further strengthening of regional cooperation in such areas as socio-economic development, environmental protection, science and innovation, the exchange of economic information.

The next area is the strengthening of cooperation and coordination between the countries of the Caspian region and the United Nations system.

The consistent implementation of the proposed initiatives and proposals of Turkmenistan is the basis for cooperation between UN entities both on the regional and global levels.

Elena Panova expressed confidence that Turkmenistan and UN will continue to develop joint collaboration to ensure the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.