Press Release

UN Resident Coordinator Participates in Joint Meeting of National Working Group on SDGs

25 August 2023

Ashgabat, 25 August 2023 — The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Dmitry Shlapachenko, attended a significant Joint meeting of the National Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting brought together key stakeholders to discuss and strategize the implementation of SDGs in Turkmenistan.

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After opening statements Mr. Serdar Jorayev, Minister of Finance and Economy, and Ms. Myahri Byashimova, Deputy Foreign Minister presented the Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and shared the outcomes of the Turkmenistan delegation's mission. 

An integral aspect of the event was the insightful briefing by UN RC Dmitry Shlapachenko, who provided an overview of the upcoming SDG Summit scheduled for September 2023. He emphasized the significance of preparing national commitments to advance the country's sustainable development agenda. Narine Sahakyan, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan, highlighted the results of effective partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Economy on the implementation and financing of SDGs, including introduction of an Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) to facilitate the development of the financial planning and budgeting, improvement of the investment climate and business environment, development of capital markets and the introduction of innovative financial instruments to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

Ms. Guljemile Annaniyazova, Deputy Chair of the State Statistics Committee, presented encouraging advancements in the operationalization of the National SDG Database. This database will serve as a valuable resource for tracking and monitoring the implementation of the SDGs at the national level. 

The meeting also included an engaging discussion and a Q&A session, allowing participants to exchange ideas, address concerns, and seek clarification on various aspects related to the SDGs. 

The Joint meeting of the National working Group on SDGs demonstrated Turkmenistan's commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its dedication to achieving the SDGs. The collaboration between government officials, UN representatives, and other stakeholders signifies the collective effort towards building a sustainable future for all. 

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United Nations Development Programme
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
World Health Organization

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