According to a UNDP press release dated April 28, 2020 in Ashgabat, the United Nations Development Program and the Government of Turkmenistan held a round table to discuss the UNDP draft Country Programme Document for the period 2021-2025.
The meeting was attended by Natia Natsvlishvili, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan, Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, and Akmyradov Makhtumkuli, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as government, private sector and NGO representatives.
During the meeting, participants were briefed on the strategic priorities of the new UNDP country programme. It was emphasized that the UNDP Country Programme Document for the period 2021-2025 is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and derived from the UN and Government of Turkmenistan Framework for Cooperation in Sustainable Development, which was signed on March 14 of this year.
UNDP's forthcoming country programme aims to improve people's well-being, with a particular focus on: strengthening the rule of law and human rights protection, enhancing economic diversification and fostering the private sector, improving people's health and social inclusion, and making the country more resilient to climate and natural disaster risks by promoting mitigation and adaptation, sustainable management of water, land and natural resources.
In her speech, Natia Natsvlishvili, noted:
UNDP has a long-standing and effective partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan. Our joint achievements in the current cooperation frame the next five-year partnership priorities, with a particular focus on support for the SDGs and the results of the UN Cooperation Framework.
It is expected that the UNDP Country Programme Document will soon be finalized with the Government of Turkmenistan and the document will be submitted to the UNDP Executive Board for approval.