Press Release

UN Deputy Secretary-General on a visit to Turkmenistan as part of Central Asian tour

06 June 2022

  • Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, has concluded her first visit to Turkmenistan.

The Deputy Secretary-General was received in Ashgabat by H.E. Mr. Serdar Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan. The Deputy Secretary-General commended the President of Turkmenistan for the support in maintaining the strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and UN.

The Deputy Secretary-General congratulated Turkmenistan on the 30th anniversary of its membership in the United Nations and recognized a quarter-century of political neutrality.

They discussed the inviolability of human rights and their critical role in reaching the goals set forth in the Agenda 2030. The Deputy Secretary-General noted the importance of implementation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations and underlined the readiness of the United Nations in supporting Turkmenistan’s Inter-ministerial Commission on Human Rights. Among other topics discussed were the need for a transformational recovery from COVID-19, opening of data for all users for the evidence-based policy making and effective support from the UN development system in addressing the development challenges, enhancing a regional dialogue to address impacts of climate change and Transforming Educational Summit that will be held this year in New York in September.

The Deputy Secretary-General also noted UN support to the upcoming population census and highlighted the importance of its release.

At the meeting with Mr. Rashid Meredov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Deputy Secretary-General exchanged views on the progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Deputy Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister reflected on ensuring gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. They also talked about climate action, the importance of ensuring principles of peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue, transformation to cleaner energy, regional stability, including the situation in Afghanistan.

The Deputy Secretary-General met with Ms. Gulshat Mammedova, Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan. The Deputy Secretary-General stressed the role of Mejlis in monitoring the implementation of National Human Rights Action Plans.

She had a rich and frank exchange with civil society organizations including Women’s Union, Yenme, Keyik Okara and women entrepreneurs whereby she heard many success stories of women-run businesses and encouraged all to continue their growth and stressed the importance of women empowerment.

The Deputy Secretary-General met with over 300 students from four different universities in Turkmenistan. She spoke about SDGs and Agenda 2030, shared personal stories of growth and encouraged the students to contribute to the fulfilment of SDGs and help in addressing the impact of climate change. They had an energizing exchange with students sharing their views on many global phenomena and challenges that their generation will need to tackle to make our planet a better home.

In addition, the Deputy Secretary-General held a discussion with the UN Country Team and met with UN staff to learn of initiatives and efforts underway in support of Turkmenistan and the Central Asian region.

The Deputy Secretary-General noted the hospitality of the Turkmen Government and its people and assured all interlocutors of the readiness of the United Nations Development System to continue supporting them in realization of their national aspirations  which are firmly rooted in the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN entities involved in this initiative

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
International Organization for Migration
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Development Programme
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
United Nations Department of Safety and Security
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Office for Project Services
World Health Organization

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