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Health Diplomacy Of Turkmenistan: For global sustainable development

Health diplomacy has become one of the foreign-policy priorities of independent neutral Turkmenistan over the past two years. Fostering a comprehensive global dialogue in the healthcare sphere to develop effective steps in achieving the goals of protecting people’s health has come to the fore on the agenda of the United Nations in connection with the pandemic and its impact on all spheres of life of societies and states of the world. The health diplomacy of Turkmenistan has identified a number of new trends in international relations and has become one of the factors in raising the positive image of our country on the international arena. UN Resident Coordinator for Turkmenistan Dmitry Shlapachenko commented on the role of Turkmen health diplomacy in international relations in an interview with a NT correspondent. On the relevance of health diplomacy

Winner of Ýylyň Parlak Ýyldyzy Youth Contest Announced

On December 16, the final round of the Ýylyň Parlak Ýyldyzy singing competition took place in the capital city, which traditionally became one of the bright events of the festive programme of the New Year’s celebrations. Various youth art contests in Turkmenistan, including Ýylyň Parlak Ýyldyzy, are aimed at encouraging creativity and initiative in young people, revealing and supporting new talents, contributing to the professional growth of performers and developing modern music in the country. President Serdar Berdimuhamedov attaches great importance to the harmonious spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of the younger generation, who are a powerful force and a happy future for the Motherland.

Inspirational Example

At the Palace of Culture of the village of Yzgant, Ahal velayat, bearing the name of Myalikguly Berdimuhamedov, in honour of conferring the name Arkadag to the new administrative centre of the Ahal velayat, a festive concert and a solemn ceremony of conferring the honorary title “Honoured Artist of Turkmenistan” took place. First of all, the participants of the meeting listened with great attention and enthusiasm to the speech of the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Myahrijemal Mammedova, in which it was emphasised that the new city of Arkadag was a visible evidence of the successful implementation, under the wise leadership of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, of the tasks outlined in the large-scale urban development programme initiated by the Honoured Architect of Turkmenistan Hero-Arkadag.

Education is the Abc of Prosperity and Welfare

Back in the 18th century, the poet-philosopher Dovletmammet Azadi wrote in his work Wagzy-Azat, “Education illuminates the mind with the light of knowledge, the heart with a spiritual view and the body with the power of inspiration.” Today, the wellbeing of the individual, the prosperity of society and the security of the state are formed through the educational system. The ethical content of the educational environment covers upbringing of a person who does not strive to live easily, but tries to live life in good conscience. Therefore, the right to education, first of all, is a constitutionally protected spiritual value. The educational system, as a specific investment in the future, creates a cultural and intellectual image of a person and reveals a positive image of the country. Concern for human capital, conditioned by an increase in the level of education and an improvement in the quality of knowledge, is a civilisational perspective of any state.

Turkmen Participants Win Silver Medals

The representatives of our country successfully performed at the STEAM-Azerbaijan-2022 international festival, organised with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Together with the hosts, the combined teams of schoolchildren and students from Türkiye, Israel, Norway, the UK, Sweden, Estonia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan participated in this intellectual and science forum. In total, the festival brought together about 900 participants in almost 300 teams. It should be noted that the abbreviations STEM and STEAM, which are close in meaning, have been increasingly mentioned in recent years in the context of modern teaching methods based on an advanced and innovative way of learning, which combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the first case and adds art and the humanities in the second case, when the letter “A” (arts) is added. This approach is practiced in the interaction of theoretical and applied skills.

Olive in Fruit Growing and Landscaping

In the modern scientific classification, the olive as a botanical genus unites 80 species that grow in the countries with a subtropical climate, where this plant performs the function of an ameliorant for terraced mountain slopes, protecting them from erosion and landslides with its dense and branched root system. Despite a variety of species, only European olive is cultivated, 25 species are used in industrial production – table, oilseed and universal ones. In Turkmenistan, the fruit form is widely introduced in the town of Turkmenbashi, the Esenguly and Magtymguly etraps and other places where a subtropical climate prevails. The first olive plantations in those places were planted in the late 1930s on the initiative of the Academician Vavilov. Now, the trees are planted in the private garden sector of the capital and its suburbs, perhaps there are such plantings in other places, because industrious hands can grow the most exotic crops in the fertile Turkmen land – from black pepper and banana to papaya. Walnut, cherry and persimmon trees can grow and bear fruit in our climatic conditions, then why not try the olive tree – one of the oldest evergreen fruit crops?

Legends about Gozli-ata

The Gozli-ata mausoleum is located 160 kilometres from the seaside city of Turkmenbashi in the Balkan velayat in Western Turkmenistan. It is a picturesque canyon, surrounded by pink, greenish and reddish mountains of amazing shape and beauty, and the most remote pilgrimage site in our country. A prominent Sufi and legendary sage Gozli-ata united the Turkmen tribes to fight against the enemy in those lands. Turkmen warriors courageously fought with enemies in the 1520s, defending their independence. A visit to the holy place – the mausoleum and the cemetery of Gozli-ata is the act of pilgrimage. There, religious rites are performed, and legends, parables and interesting stories about the brave warrior can be heard. Hasan-ata is a historical person who lived in the territory of present-day Mangyshlak. He is a descendant of the third “righteous” caliph Osman (who is the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad). Under Osman ibn Affani, the written text of the Koran was collected into a single book. The recognised head of the Turkic branch of Sufism, thinker and poet Hoja Ahmed Yasawi is called the teacher and spiritual mentor of Hasan-ata. His work Divani-hikmet (The Book of Wisdom, often called Hikmety) has been preserved. Hasan-ata received the honorary nickname Gozli-ata for having learned where the staff, thrown by the spiritual mentor Hoja Ahmed Yasawi, had flown.

Dress according to the Weather

There is winter on the calendar. However, not everyone “has readjusted themselves” for the new season. Some of us still continue to put on light clothing, while others wear as warm clothing as possible. Both can cause a weakening of the protective functions of the body and, as a result, a seasonal cold. One of the most important hygiene rules is to always dress according to the weather. Clothing should create comfort, and it should not be, for example, the cause of overheating and, as a result, sweating, which not only causes cooling of the body, but also violates the tightness of clothing, which should protect against cold. However, too light clothes cannot protect either from the cold, or from the wind, or from precipitation.

The President of Turkmenistan Participates in the Flower-Laying Ceremony at the Monument of Neutrality

The Turkmen people, united and solidary in their aspirations, whose life in the period of the Revival of the New Era of the Powerful State is illuminated by the inspiration of creation, celebrated the International Day of Neutrality and the 27th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the historic Resolution on the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan with a sense of immense pride. According to the established good tradition, the main festive events began with a flower-laying ceremony at the Neutrality Monument in the capital, in which President Serdar Berdimuhamedov took part.

A New Stage of the Partnership of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Türkiye

The First Trilateral Summit of Heads of Friendly States Takes Place in the Avaza National Tourism Zone The Congress Centre of the Avaza national tourism zone hosted the First Trilateral Summit with the participation of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the President of the Republic of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Dialogue for global peace and security

The participants of the festive events marking the International Day of Neutrality speak Aksoltan ATAYEVA,

In the Name of Universal Values

A solemn online presentation in five official UN languages of the song “Ýaşasyn parahat durmuş!” (“Long live a peaceful life!”) to the verses of the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, respected Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took place at the Palace of Muqams of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan. The work of the Hero-Arkadag, which calls upon the peoples of the planet to adhere to the principles of peace, trust and friendship, was presented to the participants of the celebration on the eve of the International Day of Neutrality, annually celebrated on December 12 in accordance with a special Resolution of the UN General Assembly, adopted on the initiative of Turkmenistan.

Proper nutrition in the cold season

Winter is the most difficult period for our body. Little sunlight, low temperatures and people spend much time indoors. For our body to cope with this load, it is necessary to replenish it with all the necessary nutrients. Nutrition in the cold season should be balanced, high-calorie and rich in vitamins and useful trace elements. Seasonal vegetables and fruit play a big role in this. Those that are grown in the region of residence are more useful than exotic vegetables and fruit from distant tropical countries. Proper nutrition in winter will help improve a person’s wellbeing and reduce the risk of the exacerbation of chronic diseases. In the cold season, the immune defence of the body is important. To maintain it, it is recommended to eat foods that are a source of essential amino acids, such as lean meat, chicken, turkey, dairy products and legumes and also to include in your diet multivitamin and mineral complexes and specialised food products enriched with them, for nutrition of children as well.

Turkmenistan – Qatar: Following the Course of the Development of Comprehensive Relations

At the invitation of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov visited the State of Qatar, where he held a high-level meeting in the context of the development of the comprehensive Turkmen-Qatari relations and also became a guest of honour at one of the matches of the World Football Cup in Doha. The interest, shown by the Head of Turkmenistan in the sports festival, which brought together football players and fans of one of the most exciting sports from different regions of the planet, is another evidence of the great attention paid in our country to the development and popularisation of sports and the strengthening of fruitful international cooperation in this sphere.

Neutrality: Stability and Development of Turkmenistan

The emergence of the institution of neutrality has deep historical roots. It took shape over several centuries, but it developed the most in the 18th and especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Initially, neutrality was regarded as the right of states to neutral trade. However, under the influence of various factors, neutrality began to be viewed as a scientific category and as the essential institution of international law. The status of neutrality is enshrined in international law and in the legal system of a number of states. Turkmenistan is a country of ancient civilisations; historical sources testify to wide political and diplomatic cooperation of the ancestors of the Turkmen people with the Chinese and Romans, which resulted in the formation of a unique system of political balance in the vast territories of Asia. The main factors of the progress of the Turkmen states of antiquity and the Middle Ages were a wide openness to the world and a commitment to a continuous dialogue with other states and nations.

Caspian Sea Vector of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan that has a modern transport infrastructure and is located at the intersection of the transport and transit corridors of the Eurasian continent, many of which pass through the Caspian Sea region, attaches great importance to creating favourable political, economic and legal conditions for the effective use of the transport potential. This is also a key issue on the economic agenda of the region. The development of multimodal transport infrastructure in the Caspian Sea region was considered at a working meeting, which was held by the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan on the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan in the Avaza national tourism zone on November 24. If we trace the geography of the main trade corridors of ancient times, we can see that they ran mainly along two axial directions: North–South (the route from the Varangians to the Greeks, the Volga trade route) and East–West (the Lapis Lazuli Way, the Great Silk Road). Moreover, many of them ran through the Caspian Sea region. This region became a key crossroads due to its favourable location on the border of the large states (Persia, Sogdiana and Khwarezm). The Caspian Sea region started to play an important role with the beginning of the development of the oil industry on the Absheron Peninsula.

Avaza NTZ: World-Class Resort Infrastructure

Last week, on the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, Hero-Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a meeting on the further development of the Avaza national tourism zone, the effective realisation of the transport and transit potential of the region, the use of the unique natural factors of the Caspian Sea for boosting tourism development and the achievement of the environmental wellbeing of this unique region of Turkmen land during his working trip to the Balkan velayat. Today, the Avaza national tourism zone, which is part of the strategic socioeconomic development programme of Turkmenistan, has become not only a symbol of a rapidly changing country, but also a brand of the Turkmen state. The pride and admiration embrace everyone who has ever visited the resort, impressive in its scale and comfort, located on the ecologically clean coast of the Caspian Sea. Fashionable hotels and cottage complexes, health and entertainment centres, rest houses for children and adults and natural riches, the clear water, golden sandy beaches and fresh sea air, attract numerous citizens of Turkmenistan and foreign guests to Avaza.

A New Page in the History of National Culture

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage that held its 17th session chaired by the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat from November 28 to December 3 this year inscribed by unanimous decision the Turkmen art of embroidery on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Expressing satisfaction with this news, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed the further enrichment of the intangible and cultural values of the Turkmen people is a key priority of the state policy. Over the centuries-old history, the Turkmen people have created a unique traditional artistic culture, which is distinguished by the high level of arts and crafts. Some of them, for example, hand-made carpet weaving, have been recognised universally as world heritage. On December 12, 2019, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage unanimously inscribed the traditional Turkmen carpet-making art on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at its 14th session. As the Hero-Arkadag emphasised, that vividly evidenced the recognition by the world community of our amazing carpets woven by Turkmen miraculous craftswomen as an excellent monument of art.

New Hydraulic Facility: No Analogue All over the World

Recently, a complex of mudslide facilities near Ashgabat, designed to stop strong mudslides caused by prolonged heavy rains and to effectively use the accumulated water, was put into operation. The facility was built in accordance with the Resolution of the President of Turkmenistan under the contract between the Ashgabat Hyakimlik and Vozrozhdenie Production Association JSC (Russia) concluded in March 2020. The Turkmen-Russian team of engineers and hydraulic scientists from the Türkmensuwylymtaslama Institute of the State Committee for Water Economy and the Sevkavgiprovodkhoz Institute worked on the project. In an interview with the newspaper correspondent, the Head of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering Facilities of the Faculty of Irrigation and Reclamation at S.A. Niyazov Turkmen Agricultural University Italmaz SAPARLIYEV told about the project in detail:

Leaders of the International Competition

The student team, consisting of the winners of the national tour of the Central Asian contest “Spelling Bee-2022”, worthily represented our country at the final competition, held in the capital of neighbouring Uzbekistan, the city of Tashkent. Let us remind that this competitive initiative is a long tradition of English-speaking countries, aimed at identifying skills in the correct pronunciation of letters in order to successfully cope with the difficulties of English spelling. This time, held on the large scale in the Central Asian region, the competition involved the best Turkmen students, four of whom, as winners of the national tour, represented our country at the final competition held in the international format.