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»

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Review of the speech of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Ms. Natalia Gherman

(Ashgabat, 14th of January 2020)

The UN welcomes important and timely initiatives of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which are aimed not only at consolidated cooperation and solution of the main issues of regional and global agenda, but also at the declaration of the central role of the UN in the subjects of peace, security and sustainable development in the region and on global level, Ms. Gherman said.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General noted that following the course of neutrality, Turkmenistan has not only achieved significant results in different spheres, but also has made a significant contribution to strengthening of peace and stability in Central Asia. It can be confidently stated that choice of Turkmenistan was prompt and well-grounded and the model of foreign political development of the country was the most optimum and meeting national interests, long-term goals of the world community and principles of the UN Chapter, she highlighted.

Natalia Gherman highly appreciated the Turkmen idea on the development of the UN Code of Practice on effective use of the principles of neutrality during regulation of international issues and provision of peace and security, as well as the initiative on organization of wide multilateral dialog on practical implementation of the principles of neutrality under the UN auspices for prevention of conflicts, elimination of their root causes and consequences, solution of humanitarian issues.

Ms. Gherman said that assuming the post of the UN Secretary General in the beginning of 2017, Antonio Guterres proposed his vision of the UN activity where the utmost place was given to preventive diplomacy.

In this regard, it was noted that the Regional Centre has become one of the first structures of the UN, which was to use and promote preventive diplomacy as a tool of support of interstate dialog and development of cooperation between the countries. In this context, Natalia Gherman highlighted the timeliness of the thesis of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that positive neutrality and preventive diplomacy go together. Prevention is our common goal for provision of peace and stability in Central Asian region and on global level.

The Head of the UNRCCA has also noted that in 2020, when the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan symbolically matches the 75th anniversary of the United Nations establishment, in the framework of the celebrations of this anniversary, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has initiated and invited all to participate in large-scale and open global discussion on the subject of the role of international cooperation in building of the future we want.

In this context, the idea of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on organization of International High-level Conference in Ashgabat on December 12 is very essential, especially on the threshold of 2021, which is declared as International Year of Peace and Trust upon the initiative of Turkmenistan.

Natalia Gherman expressed confidence that this respected Forum in Ashgabat will be a substantial part of the process of defining the future of the UN that we want, to which international community has to strive. This is related not only to Central Asian region, but also to the world in general, which experiences hard times from the point of view of consolidation.

Turkmenistan and the UN will have to carry out large and fruitful work for further promotion of started initiatives, development of existing formats and platforms of cooperation, as well as intensification of the dialog in all main spheres for the interests of peace, stability and sustainable development, Ms. Gherman said.