Climate policy leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the United States in a C5+1 format meeting held online on Thursday discussed the issues of climate change, the nature of the climate crisis, and its negative impact on the availability of water for food security and energy production.
The Turkmen delegation was led by the Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Allanur Altyyev, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in its press release.
The meeting participants also exchanged views on a number of issues related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the environmental, social, economic and demographic situation in the Aral Sea region. The sides also considered issues of cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction and resilience to climate change.
The meeting participants emphasized the importance of joint efforts to promote the use of renewable energy sources and to support social transformations for segments of the population vulnerable to climate change, emphasizing the significant potential of regional cooperation and partnership between the U.S. and Central Asian governments to achieve these goals.
On behalf of their countries, the officials reaffirmed their commitment to implement measures at the national level in order to expand cooperation in the field of environmental protection within the framework of the C5+1 regional diplomatic platform.
The C5+1 format serves as a multilateral mechanism of interaction between the five Central Asian countries and the U.S. The dialogue focuses on economic development, regional cooperation and security issues.