New York, 1 February 2023 (TDI): On January 31, 2023, an informational session on the work of the United Nations (UN) Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia was held at the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the UN.

Ambassador Natalia Gherman, the Director of the Regional Center, and the Permanent Representatives from the Central Asian nations were present at the event.

At the meeting, Ambassador Gherman gave a report on the Center’s activities over the previous six months and highlighted the favorable evaluation the UN Security Council gave the Center.

It is pertinent to note that the Regional Center’s efforts to expand its mandate have received the support of the Security Council members.

In the briefing, it was also mentioned that the Central Asian Women Leaders’ Caucus, the Central Asian Expert Forum, and the Annual Meeting of the Deputy Foreign Ministers of Central Asian Countries were all successful international events.

These events took place in Ashgabat in December 2022. Also, along with important issues like energy, food and environmental security, water, & others, the impact of the situation in Afghanistan on the stability of the Central Asian region was also discussed.

Ambassador Aksoltan Ataeva, the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN, reaffirmed his country’s support for the Center’s initiatives.

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In this vein, he emphasized the necessity of expanding its influence on both a regional and international scale. A concept note was shared by the Turkmen side, and it was also discussed whether to create a permanent Central Asian Youth Dialogue for Peace.

In addition, the representatives of the Central Asian nations congratulated Ambassador Gherman on her appointment as the Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

They recognized her role in fostering regional cooperation and fostering strong ties between the Regional Center and the national governments of the Central Asian nations.

Likewise, the meeting’s conclusion emphasized the importance of further discussions among Central Asian nations regarding the draft resolution of the UN General Assembly.

The resolution was regarding the function of the Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. The draft will soon be the subject of negotiations with all of the UN’s member states.

It is noteworthy that peace, stability, and cooperation in the Central Asian region are still actively promoted by the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the UN and the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.