The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan jointly with the British Embassy in Turkmenistan organised the roundtable entitled “Road to the 2021 UN climate change conference (COP26): Turkmenistan’s efforts to tackle climate change and future outlook” on Wednesday at Yyldyz Hotel in Ashgabat.
The event was one of the its kind in Ashgabat on the run up to the COP26 conference, which will take place in Glasgow, UK in November 2021, the British Embassy said in its press release.
Looking forward to the high-level conference in Glasgow, this roundtable with local and international climate change experts provided a good platform to discuss the global significance of COP26 and gave an opportunity to highlight the international expertise and initiatives, existing areas of technical support and new green/climate finance opportunities available to Turkmenistan, the UK Embassy said in the statement.
The MFA moderated roundtable was attended by representatives of relevant ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, UK Government, foreign diplomatic missions, international organisations, research institutions, development partners and donors.
At the roundtable, the UK side was represented online by Ms Janet Rogan, COP26 Regional Ambassador Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, COP26 Unit.
As a result of the productive discussions, joint priorities of the Turkmen colleagues with international partners and donors were identified to activate new forms of cooperation to jointly combat climate change, taking into account the coincidence of priorities in the main areas of work.
Given the importance of the subject matter and the fact that climate change affects negatively many people and countries around the world, the experts agreed it was important to learn from each other and to continue the productive dialogue and exchange of professional experience in this important area.
At the end of the roundtable, experts thanked the organisers of the roundtable and expressed hope for a brighter and greener future for all.