Young people of Turkmenistan unite to mark the 75th anniversary of UN

  • Today, more than 150 young people of Turkmenistan met to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations under the theme “The Future we want the United Nations we need”. The event was aimed at presenting the results of the UN 75 report* on the global consultation launched in January 2020 at the initiative of the UN Secretary General.

The students from the Turkmen State University named after Magtymguly, Institute of the International Relations of MFA, International University for Humanities and Development, Turkmen State Institute of the Economics and Management, Turkmen National Institute of World Languages named after D. Azadi, Oguz Khan University of Engineering Technologies, International Oil and Gas University and Institute of Telecommunications and Informatics of Turkmenistan joined the online meeting.

“Empowering youth by investing in their human capital and in the innovative solutions they create is our only hope to truly build a more sustainable, just and peaceful world”, noted Ms. Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan.

The participants took part at the interactive sessions where they could share the ideas on how they can advance the development agenda, shared with what the work of United Nations was associated, enriched their knowledge on the facts of UN and watched #TheWorldWeWant online exhibition with a special collection of 75 photos.

The online meeting was culminated by the musical performance of Dovran Shamiyev, young SDG Ambassador, with a common promise to Learn more, Take action and be the Change!

*Key findings of the global UN75 report include:

Priorities for action

• Across regions, ages and social groups, respondents were broadly united in their priorities for the future.

• Amid the current COVID-19 crisis, the immediate priority for most respondents is improved access to basic services – healthcare, safe water, sanitation and education, followed by greater international solidarity and increased support to those hardest hit. This includes tackling inequalities and rebuilding a more inclusive economy.

• Looking to the future, the overwhelming concerns are the climate crisis and the destruction of our natural environment. Other priorities include: ensuring greater respect for human rights, settling conflicts, tackling poverty and reducing corruption.

Perceptions of the UN

• Over 87% of respondents believe global cooperation is vital to deal with today’s challenges, and that the pandemic has made international cooperation more urgent.

• Seventy-five years after its founding, six in 10 respondents believe the UN has made the world a better place. Looking to the future, 74% see the UN as “essential” in tackling the challenges.

• However, respondents want the UN to change and innovate: to be more inclusive of the diversity of actors in the 21st century, and to become more transparent, accountable and effective.

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UN entities involved in this initiative
IOM
International Organization for Migration
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
WHO
World Health Organization