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UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan calls on youth to take action for peace and cooperation

31 October 2023

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 30 October 2023 - United Nations Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Mr. Dmitry Shlapachenko participated in the International Youth Conference "Friendship of Peoples - Guarantee of a Happy Future for Youth", organized by the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the support of the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan.

The conference brought together the Chairman of the Central Council of the Youth Organization of Turkmenistan named after Mahtumkuli Mr. Yazpolat Keriev, representatives of various UN agencies in Turkmenistan as well as lecturers and students from different universities in Turkmenistan. 

The purpose of the conference was to discuss the role of youth in strengthening friendship and understanding between people. The participants discussed such topics as the importance of dialogue and cooperation between young people, the role of youth in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, and opportunities for youth in international development.

In his speech, Mr. Shlapachenko stressed that youth play a key role in strengthening friendships between people, as it is more open to new cultural and social values, and more inclined to cooperate and interact with people from other countries and cultures. He also noted the role of SDG Ambassadors in strengthening friendships between people and ensuring a happy future for youth. He underlined that the contribution of SDG Ambassadors to the SDG implementation is invaluable. 

The other speakers noted the importance of youth participation in addressing global challenges and called on young people to take action in strengthening peace and cooperation. The conference flew in a constructive and friendly atmosphere, where the participants expressed their hope for further cooperation in strengthening the friendship of peoples.

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