Press Release

UN and Government discuss further strengthening the cooperation in the area of human rights

10 May 2022

  • The United Nations Country Team in Turkmenistan met with the members of the national Inter-Ministerial Commission on implementation of the international obligations of Turkmenistan in the area of human rights and international humanitarian law.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs opened the meeting. The participants representing 22 national entities at the level of Deputy ministers and the Heads of UN Agencies discussed the development of new National Action Plans in the area of human rights, the results of the Survey of health and status of women in the family and further cooperation to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Action on Human Rights titled "The Highest Aspiration".

“Our cooperation with Inter-Ministerial Commission is focused on the provision of technical and expert support in the preparation of reports to the UN mechanisms on human rights and gender equality, raising public awareness of human rights, as well as improving existing and developing new national legislation in accordance with international standards and implementing national action plans in the field of human rights, developed on the basis of the recommendations of the UN mechanisms”, noted Dmitry Shlapachenko, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan.

The following priorities for cooperation of UN and Government were suggested:

  • Ratification of Optional Protocols of international human rights treaties.

- Strengthening cooperation with the International Labor Organization.

  • Protection of vulnerable population, rights of people with disabilities, and older persons.

- Strengthening the capacity of the Office of the Ombudsman to comply with Paris Principles, with the focus on protection of the rights of children and women.

- Integration of Human Rights Education and increasing public awareness on human rights through the media, radio and TV.

- Cooperation with UNESCO in the field of education and culture,

- Cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Notable  agreements included enhanced support to the Office of the Ombudsmen and  development of the new Plan on rights of children until 2028. The National Plan on human rights will be aligned with National programme of socio-economic development of Turkmenistan until 2052.

UN entities involved in this initiative

International Labour Organization
International Organization for Migration
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Department of Safety and Security
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Office for Project Services
World Health Organization

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