The United Nations in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan joined the United Nations on 2 March 1992 as a new independent state. Since then, the UN has been supporting Turkmenistan to achieve its national priorities, which respond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN country team in consultations with the Government identified and agreed on the UN strategic response to the Government’s development priorities in three strategic areas: People-centered governance and rule of law; Inclusive, green, and sustainable economic growth; Quality, inclusive and affordable health, education, and social protection that were identified in new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025 (UNSDCF). UN agencies coordinate their work through joint Work Plans within established joint Results Groups.

Young people celebrating the opening of the new United Nations House in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Young people celebrating the opening of the new United Nations House in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.


  1. Turkmenistan signed the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025 (UNSDCF), paving the way for the strategic mutual engagement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Turkmenistan.
  2. The Government of Turkmenistan in collaboration with the United Nations developed and adopted an Immediate Socio-Economic Response Plan to acute infectious disease pandemic (SERP) and Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) to acute infectious disease with the support of WHO and it was endorsed at the highest level.
  3. The Government of Turkmenistan and  UN enhanced national preparedness and disaster risk reduction through a joint National Action Plan by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation with the Government of Turkmenistan in coordinating emergency preparedness and response.
  4. The Second National Action Plan on Gender Equality for 2021-2025 developed with the support of the UN was approved and signed by the Government.
  5. UN and Turkmenistan launched the first two-year joint Programme to improve the system of social service provision in Turkmenistan by creating a national model of inclusive quality community-based social services that align with SDGs. The JP aims to address multiple vulnerabilities of the most in need; to review and reinforce the national legislative and regulatory framework and establish institutional mechanisms to facilitate the introduction of the new community-based social service delivery system; and strengthen the country’s social work and social service workforce capacity.
  6. Within the MoU on financing of SDGs with the Ministry of Finance and Economy the Government and UN continue a productive dialogue on Financing the implementation of SDGs and the role of the Integrated National Financing Frameworks providing regional platform for exchanging experiences and discussions.

The Sustainable Development Goals in Turkmenistan

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Turkmenistan: