Press Release

Joint Results Groups under Cooperation Framework agreed on action plans for 2024

29 March 2024

29 March 2024, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – The UN building hosted a meeting of Joint Results Groups the under UN-Turkmenistan Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2021-2025 to discuss joint activities for implementation in 2024.

The meeting covered the five Joint UN-Government Results Groups (RGs):

  • People-centered Governance and Rule of Law
  • Sustainable economic diversification, competitive private and financial sectors, enhanced trade promotion
  • Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate change adaptation and increased resilience
  • Quality, inclusive affordable health and social protection services
  • Quality, inclusive and affordable education and skilling systems. 

During the meeting, participants representing ministries and government bodies of Turkmenistan and the UN country team agreed on the actions of all stakeholders for the effective implementation of the UNSDCF. They developed a draft of the Results Groups' Joint Work Plans for 2024, which include specific activities and tasks aimed at achieving the goals of the UNSDCF. As a result of the discussions, the parties preliminary approved the draft Joint Work Plans, which will be submitted for review and approval to the UNSDCF Steering Committee, scheduled for April this year. Once approved, the plans will become a guide to action for all participants in the implementation of the UNSDCF. 

The Joint Working Groups meeting also reviewed the UNSDCF Financing Plans for 2023 and 2024. The Financing Plan is a detailed document that includes information about the necessary and available finances, as well as their disbursement from various sources of financing. The plan also includes information on the additional resources needed for implementation in the upcoming program cycle. Thus, in 2023, 76.2 million US dollars were disbursed, and in 2024 it is expected to mobilize more than 100 million US dollars to implement the priorities of sustainable development of Turkmenistan. The implementation of the UNSDCF Financing Plan for 2024 will ensure sustainable financing of the UNSDCF and timely implementation of planned UN activities, programs and projects, as well as increase the efficiency of using available resources to achieve the goals of the UNSDCF within the established time frame. 

The meeting also included discussions on the development of a new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Turkmenistan for the 2026-2030 period. During the discussions, the priority areas of cooperation for the new period were identified. The meeting participants noted the importance of considering the national priorities of Turkmenistan and the UN Sustainable Development Goals when developing the new UNSDCF. 

This meeting reaffirmed the UN and Turkmenistan's dedication to collaborating on sustainable development.

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