December 11-12, 2020
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

2020 year -
Turkmenistan – Home of Neutrality

International Conference «Policy of Neutrality and its importance in ensuring international peace, security and sustainable development»


Overview of the speech of the Head of the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia Ashita Mittal

(Ashgabat, 14 January 2020)

Expressing gratitude to the Government of Turkmenistan for support in promotion of the agenda of the UNODC in counteracting the transnational organized crime, illegal drug trafficking and prevention of terrorism, Ms.Mittal noted that today as never before, the principles of neutrality occupy central place in provision of peace, security and stability on the planet.

She has also highlighted historical role of Turkmenistan in launching of the UNODC Programme for Central Asian states in 2015 – 2020, which has been signed in Ashgabat in May 2015 by all five countries of the region as the main framework document on technical cooperation in the region.

Ashita Mittal has highly appraised the initiative of the Head of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on advancing the collaboration to a higher step in the framework of the recently signed Roadmap on further development of cooperation between the country and the UNODC in 2019 – 2021. Our Office remains fully committed to support of Turkmenistan in its efforts on resolving complex challenges in the field of security and elimination of threats to international peace, security and sustainable development, Ms. Mittal noted.

Besides, gratitude has been extended to the Government of Turkmenistan for its proposal to hold the 55th session of the Sub-commission for illegal drug trafficking in Middle and Near East and issued related to this in June 2020.

Turkmenistan and UNODC established strong partnership relations on the implementation of strategic principles, aimed at the counteraction against transnational organized crime, including the illicit drug trafficking, human traffic, spread of extremism and terrorism, international control system of the container shipping and others.     

We hope for further strengthening of our cooperation in the framework of new UNODC Programme for the Central Asian states for 2021-2025 which we will develop during the year 2020 in close cooperation with the Government of Turkmenistan and in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, said Ashita Mittal.

She underlined the role of Turkmenistan in the development of regional economic cooperation and trade, in particular regarding the development of transport sector, trade and transit routes in Central Asia, and in the larger region which during many centuries served as a crossroad connecting the East and West.   

Turkmenistan spends great effort for strengthening international peace and stability through the development of healthy and stable society, crime prevention, provision of supremacy of law and equal access to justice for all.  UNODC is ready to support these strategies and assist the promotion of culture of law, among them education and sport events with the aim of helping the youth to overcome the challenges, provide for its development and help the young generation make a positive input in the life of the society, said Ashita Mittal.