Turkmenistan on the way to SDGs: achievements and prospects

Turkmenistan on the way to SDGs: achievements and prospects

In Ashgabat, Minister of Finance and Economy Batyr Bazarov presented the Voluntary National Review of Turkmenistan on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the country.

A bit of recent history: The Voluntary National Review (or VNR) of Turkmenistan was first presented in July this year at the High Level Political Forum in New York and a little later at the I First Caspian Economic Forum.

We emphasize right away that in both New York and Avaza, experts from different countries gave the Review a high rating.

Minister B. Bazarov in his report noted that the Turkmen government in its approaches to the implementation of the SDGs aims to create conditions for the successful integration of the Central Asian region into modern global processes as a stable link in international partnership.

According to the Turkmen Ministry of Finance, about 84% of the SDG targets are reflected in national and sectoral programs. The 2030 Agenda is the country’s main strategy, which will deepen the social orientation of state policy, as well as achieve balanced development of Turkmenistan in three dimensions – social, economic and environmental.

During the meeting, Elena Panova (UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan), who took part not only in the New York presentation, but also in side events organized by the Turkmen government, confirmed the appreciation of VNR from many UN member states.

According to E. Panova, the Voluntary National Review of Turkmenistan is a good analytical material, but much work remains to be done to provide a full assessment of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Turkmenistan.

A wide range of participants — youth, the private sector, public organizations, and others — were able to be involved in the preparation of the VNR, which made it possible to reflect a diverse range of issues and, according to the UN representative, “made the report of Turkmenistan not just a government report, but a country report!”

In addition, all UN agencies were involved in this process, and a wide variety of innovative methods were applied. For example, for the first time, the “System Thinking” methodology was presented to review the interconnections of the SDGs, which is a unique example across the region.

Mrs. E. Panova recalled that on September 24-25, within the framework of the UN General Assembly, a Summit on Sustainable Development Goals will be held, where the Heads of State and Government will be presented with an Overview of the implementation of the SDGs in the world. It is expected that a Summit Political Declaration will be adopted as part of this Summit, along with a Global SDG Report, which will include the Voluntary National Review of Turkmenistan.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that Turkmenistan, since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, has achieved significant results in the economic, social and environmental spheres.