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On October 2, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, the 68th session of the Executive Committee of the Program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees started its work, where the delegation of Turkmenistan takes part.

Speaking with a welcoming speech, UN High Commissioner for Refugees F.Grandi noted that one of the areas of its activities the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) determined the support of "Olympic refugees". In this connection he informed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) invited UNHCR to create new Fund of Olympic refugees.

It is noteworthy that this UNHCR strategy was announced after the adoption of the initiative of Turkmenistan on September 15, 2017 at the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council of the Joint Statement "On Encouragement the Valuable Contribution of the Olympic Teams of Refugees to consolidation of Peace and Human Rights". It was at the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan that the Olympic refugee team took part in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat on September 17-27, 2017.

Within the framework of the 68th session of the Executive Committee of the Program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a presentation by the delegation of Turkmenistan is planned, and meetings with the leadership of UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration are planned.