Turkmenistan will lead the Regional Platform for Development and Nutrition Partnerships in the Central Asian Region and the Caucasus for the next two years. The signing of the Memorandum on the subject took place during a high-level international conference of peace and trust held in Ashgabat. Delegates from the Turkmen government and UNICEF were the signatories.
Nurmukhammed Amannepesov, head of the Ministry of Health, signed the document on behalf of Turkmenistan, and Kristin Weygand, a representative of UNICEF, signed on behalf of UNICEF.
The platform is a mechanism for multilateral cooperation to improve nutrition management and capacity building in this area in the food systems of the eight Central Asian and Caucasus states. In addition to our country, the platform includes Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
During the signing of the Memorandum, Christine Weygand, on behalf of UNICEF, thanked the Turkmen government for its commitment to providing children in the region with quality food and for its control over food security.
This initiative was launched in November 2014. - At that time, the member countries of the World International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) set the goal of eliminating all factors of malnutrition and its varieties. Countries have developed general recommendations to address food safety (SDG 2) and to improve health and reduce the severity of infectious diseases (SDG 3).
The UN General Assembly formalized the ICN2 initiative with a corresponding Resolution. Also, the period from 2016 to 2020 was proclaimed the UN Decade of Action for Nutrition. With its resolution, the Organization set a time horizon for the elimination of all forms of malnutrition on the planet.
Photo: V. Sargsyan, turkmenistan.gov.tm