United Nations Country Team and the Government of Turkmenistan holds the first meeting of the joint

ImageAshgabat, 16 November 2015: United Nations Country Team and the Government of Turkmenistan held the first meeting of the joint technical group on nationalization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN, Government of Turkmenistan convene consultations on SDGs nationalization process

ImageAshgabat, 30 October 2015: The United Nations agencies in Turkmenistan held the first meeting at the deputy ministers’ level kicking off the roll-out process of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that were approved by the UNGA on 25th September 2015.

The meeting was held with participation of representatives of ten ministries of the Government of Turkmenistan and United Nations agencies in Turkmenistan.

United Nations Country Team in Turkmenistan kicks off UN Day celebrations 2015

ImageAshgabat, 03 October 2015: The United Nations agencies in Turkmenistan held the first 2015 UN Day celebration event on Saturday 3rd October with a number of Turkmen NGOs, who support people with disabilities. The event was organized to highlight the important role that NGOs have in Turkmenistan and the need for a greater focus on supporting people with disabilities and their families.

International Day of Democracy

ImageAshgabat, 15 September 2015: On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, heads of the UN agencies in Turkmenistan and representatives of national NGOs held a discussion on the role of public associations in the development of Turkmenistan.

Priority positions of Turkmenistan at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly

ImageThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan announced the positions of the country for the upcoming 70th UN General Assembly. It is important that 2015 mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution on international recognition of the permanent neutrality status of Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan offers to use the neutrality potential to ensure long-term peace, stability and security in Central Asia and its neighboring regions.

Speech by Ms Jacinta Barrins, UN Resident Coordinator, at the Elders’ Council Meeting

Jacinta BarrinsYour Excellency the President of Turkmenistan, Elders, Vice Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Citizens of Turkmenistan.

It is a great honour for me to speak at this Elders’ Council meeting, particularly this year. I am pleased as I see this forum as the mechanism whereby you and the government reach out to the people of Turkmenistan, especially the elders, to solicit their contributions to the next year’s plan of development. This is one of the mechanisms through which civil society is included in the decisions of the state, reflecting your vision that the state is for the people. It is especially significant that this council is held in September as the UN General Assembly decided that the 15th of September each year be observed as the International Day of Democracy. This year’s theme is «Space for Civil Society». So it is indeed fitting that this meeting is held close to the 15th of September.

The United Nations Secretary General Visits Turkmenistan

Meeting with staff members and representatives of the UN agenciesThe United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Turkmenistan on June 12-14, 2015 in the framework of his working tour around Central Asia. This is his second time to Visit Turkmensitan. His last visit was in 2010.

The UN Secretary - General met with the President of Turkmenistan, H.E Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the “Oguzkhan” Presidential Palace complex. After the official greeting and photo, they had a meeting (http://mfa.gov.tm/en/news-en/3237-official-visit-of-the-un-secretary-general-mr-ban-ki-moon-to-turkmenistan )

The National Action Plan on Gender Equality presented
UNFPA Photo: Mr. Amandurdy Arabov, Director of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights, presents his opening statement.Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 10 April 2015 – “Achieving the goals and objectives of the National Action Plan will bring positive changes in women's rights and, in many respects will assist the Government of Turkmenistan in meeting its international obligations to ensure the equal rights of men and women," said Mr. Amandurdy Arabov, Director of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan, as this week the Government presented the new National Action Plan (NAP) on Gender Equality in Turkmenistan for the period 2015-2020.
Main provisions of the Turkmenistan – UN PFD 2016-2020 validated by key ministries

Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Vepa Hajiev and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Jacinta Barrins chaired the meetingAshgabat, 11 February 2015. The UN Country Team and the Government of Turkmenistan have agreed the main provisions of the Turkmenistan-UN Partnership Framework for Development (PFD) for the period 2016-2020 during a validation meeting attended by deputy ministers and senior staff from 39 key ministries and heads of UN Agencies represented in Turkmenistan.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Vepa Hajiev and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Jacinta Barrins chaired the meeting, which validated the expected results of the 2016-2020 PFD document that replaces the 2010-2015 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) ending in December 2015.

UN Day CelebrationsAshgabat, 10th October - The United Nations organizations in Turkmenistan in collaboration with IOM and World Bank celebrated the UN day on Friday 10th October (it is normally on 24th October), together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their Institute of Foreign Relations. The theme for this year was the «Proposed Sustainable Development Goals» after 2015. At the first event the deputy ministers of the Ministries of Health and Medical Industry, Education, Nature Protection, Labour and Social Protection, along with the deputies from the State Migration Services, the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights, Turkmengas State Corporation and the National State Statistics Committee all gave presentations on the proposed Sustainable Development Goal and targets which are relevant to their ministry/institution. There were over 500 students present at the event which was also supported by members of the diplomatic corps. 
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