In Ashgabat, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Elena Panova signed the Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations for 2021-2025. The presentation of the Program was held with the participation of the heads of UN entities in Turkmenistan and representatives of the diplomatic missions.
The cooperation of Turkmenistan and the United Nations for the next five years is focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, not only at the national, but also at the regional level.
The new document includes following 3 priority directions: government administration for the interests of people and supremacy of law, comprehensive “green” and sustainable development, qualitative, common and accessible systems of health protection, education and social provision. Planned events are to support the achievement of 5 end results. For comparison, the current program consists of 5 goals and 8 results.
– All strategic priorities and end results are interconnected, reflecting the inclusive approach to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In other words, we are talking about the fact that achieving progress in one end result requires and contributes to progress in other priority areas. Despite the fact that all five end results are equally important and to be implemented in parallel, priority is investments in strengthening inclusive, people-oriented government administration that would provide a solid and progressive institutional and regulatory framework. This condition is fundamental to ensure long-term sustainable development,” Meredov emphasized.
In addition, the implementation of the new Framework Program involves the participation of a larger number of UN agencies – its 18 entities that to make up a Country Team. Some of them are not represented in Turkmenistan and to be involved from abroad.