On September 1, 2017 in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan the opening ceremony of the Scientific and Methodological Center for the Sustainable Development Goals was held. A corresponding resolution on the opening of the Center and approval of the new structure of the Institute was signed by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The event was attended by the heads of international organizations and their colleagues, accredited in Turkmenistan, diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, teachers and students of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen State University named after Magtymguly, International University for the Humanities and Development, as well as representatives of the media.
During the ceremony, the rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan B. Zakhirov, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajiyev, the Head of the Representative Office of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Turkmenistan Ms. Shahin Nilofer and the Director of the Institute for Strategic Planning and Economic Development of Turkmenistan M. Atayev made their presentations.
Speakers stressed that Turkmenistan is actively participating in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the end of the UN World Summit in New York in September 2015. Turkmenistan is among the first countries that have officially accepted all 17 LRC points and 148 tasks arising from them, as well as 193 indicators for their practical implementation. The scientific and methodological center will contribute to the acquisition of knowledge in the field of sustainable development and its tasks among our citizens, including students.