Through the consistent efforts of the Turkmen leader, the capital city of Turkmenistan has become an example of the harmony of a modern city and environmental wellbeing. Ashgabat is successfully developing in the field of urban planning and is becoming famous worldwide as a centre of economic, cultural and international cooperation. However, the preservation of the environmental wellbeing of Ashgabat is an important component of the activities of government agencies, enterprises, institutions and public organisations. Parks and public gardens in the city grow; and forests surround the city like an emerald necklace.
The unique history of Ashgabat began 140 years ago. However, there is convincing archaeological and written evidence that this place was the cradle of the Great Turkmen-Parthian state. The world famous capital of the state, Nisa, is inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The city changed many times over its 140-year history. Since gaining independence, Ashgabat as a capital has grown into a large industrial and cultural centre. It has become a symbol of the city of happiness, wellbeing, prosperity and harmonious development. Ashgabat is now preparing to celebrate its 140th anniversary. The Resolution of the President of Turkmenistan approves the programme of celebrations and festive events.