UNDP Holds the First Interactive Dialogue on Climate ChangeApr 22, 2016
Ashgabat, 22 April 2016: The First Interactive Dialogue on Climate Change in Turkmenistan was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to mark the Earth Day and the first day of signing the Paris Agreement.
The event took place at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and brought together more than 150 representatives of the national ministries and agencies, students of the national universities, representatives of the diplomatic missions and public associations of Turkmenistan.
UNDP Environment and Energy experts Rovshen Nurmuhamedov, Irina Atamuradova and Farhat Orunov delivered interactive presentations with questions and answers sessions after each topic. Speakers covered such topics as energy efficiency and water use in domestic consumption as a factor contributing to climate change.
“UNDP has been closely working with the government of Turkmenistan, and for the past 5 years invested more than USD 21 million in climate change projects. We contributed to creating a policy framework and trained hundreds of Turkmen specialists in such areas as energy efficiency, climate change adaptation measures and biodiversity conservation. We look forward to the adoption of the National Economic Program of Action on Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change (NEPAAM), and welcome Turkmenistan’s initiatives on creating a regional center on climate change in Ashgabat. Today we are marking the Earth Day and hope that Turkmenistan will soon sign the Paris Agreement” stated UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Vitalie Vremis.
The First Interactive Dialogue on Climate Change took place on the occasion of the Earth Day and the kick-off signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The audience was encouraged to change attitude and behavior towards day-to-day use of energy and water resources.