International cooperation in environmental protection and climate change was discussed at the plenary session
On December 12, 2020, a videoconference session was held under the theme “International cooperation in environmental protection environment and climate change” within the framework of the International Conference “Policy of Neutrality and its role in ensuring international peace, security and sustainable development” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, at the Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli.
During the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan Magtymguly Bayramdurdyev, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Olga Algayerova, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Lee Yong, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and others gave speeches.
As was noted at the meeting, during the period since gaining neutrality status, Turkmenistan has made progress in many directions. Active cooperation in the field of environmental protection deserves special respect and is critical for the sustainable development of the region. The importance of water diplomacy in the framework of a long-term environmental strategy was also emphasized. The President of Turkmenistan repeatedly states the need to actively promote "water diplomacy".
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said, "Turkmenistan has demonstrated that Neutrality can be a factor in constructive international dialogue, contributing to the strengthening of international cooperation and sustainable development." In this context, he emphasized the strategic proposals of Turkmenistan to promote environmental protection in the region, primarily around the Aral Sea.
All speakers noted that in order to address the environmental issues, climate change and water issues, it is necessary to develop active cooperation at the regional and international levels.