The 79th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, has adopted the Resolution titled “Consideration of the conditions for the creation of a special United Nations program for the Aral Sea basin” at the initiative of Turkmenistan, the foreign ministry of Turkmenistan reports.
The document was co-authored by Azerbaijan, Armenia, China, Singapore, Turkey and the Philippines.
This first Resolution, initiated by Turkmenistan within the framework of ESCAP, includes the results of the Summit of the Heads of the Founding States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, held in the National Tourist Zone “Avaza” in Turkmenbashi on 24 August 2018, as well as international consultations on the development of a special United Nations program for the Aral Sea basin.
The adoption of the ESCAP Resolution “Consideration of the conditions for the creation of a special United Nations program for the Aral Sea basin” is a major step in the creation of a special mechanism that will be aimed at addressing issues related to the Aral Sea issues within the UN, emphasizes the ministry.
Side event entitled “The impact of the Aral sea in Turkmenistan” within the framework of the 79th session of the UNESCAP
On 18 May 2023 in Bangkok, in the framework of the 79th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, a side event was held entitled “Impact of the Aral Sea in Turkmenistan”. The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Representatives of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to ESCAP, as well as leading experts of this Commission participated in the event.
During the event, a presentation was made by the delegation of Turkmenistan on the Aral Sea problems and the goal-oriented work carried out in Turkmenistan at national level to mitigate the consequences of the Aral Sea crisis, as well as within the framework of the Programme of action for Assistance to the Aral Sea States.
The event was aimed at raising awareness about the consequences of the Aral Sea issue.///nCa, 22 May 2023