25 September 2023
UN Resident Coordinator Participates in International Conference Marking Turkmenistan's 32nd Independence Celebration
20 September 2023
Introducing digital technologies for innovative solutions in healthcare management in Turkmenistan
20 September 2023
Responding to cascading global crises, SDG Summit launches new phase of accelerated action on the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals in Turkmenistan
One of the commitments the Government is set to announce is Turkmenistan’s accession to the Global Methane Pledge –which catalyses action to reduce global methane emissions by 30% by 2030, and represents an essential step to keeping the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 C alive. This became possible thanks to intensive advocacy by our office together with UNEP International Methane Observatory and other partners over the last 18 months, and has been accompanied by the Government’s recent approval of the Roadmap for 2023-2024 aimed at creating conditions conducive for methane reduction. Our collaboration with partners at the country level around these advocacy efforts was informed by the VNR report, and by the major transition areas called for by the UN Secretary-General that can have a multiplier effect on accelerating progress towards all SDGs (including climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution; food systems; energy access and affordability; jobs and social protection; education; and digital connectivity.)
Visualizing success To support the Government prepare their National Commitments for the Summit and make policy choices with the biggest multiplier effect on the SDGs, we advocated for Turkmenistan to be included as pilot country in UNDP’s new SDG Push Diagnostic tool.
By translating data from multiple sources, the tool helps map national priorities against current SDG trends and highlights the different interlinkages between the goals and most effective policy pathways going forward.
The analysis showed that SDG 2 in particular – the goal end hunger was one of the areas which would benefit the most from the adoption of more integrated development policies. For example, the tool projected that if Turkmenistan continued ‘business as usual’, 24, 000 people across the country would be classified as malnourish by 2050. With more holistic policy pathways however, the number of people in this category would drop to 6000 in the same period.
Garnering youth support to #ActNow Harnessing the voices of young people and different civil society organizations is a key part of these efforts. In preparations for the Summit, our UN team in Turkmenistan have mobilized young people, civil society as well as the heads of UN entities to promote the global ‘Act Now campaign.’ Young people have played a particularly important role in bringing the campaign to a wider audience; by delivering compelling video messages on social media under the theme "Call to Action for a Healthy Planet”. From raising awareness of the importance of changing gender norms at home, to the every day changes needed to reduce plastic waste across the country, young SDG Ambassadors are positioning themselves as powerful agents of change in this SDG journey. This week’s SDG Summit is a make or break moment for sustainable development around the world; thanks to our effor outlined above; Turkmenistan stands ready to make it count.
The primary objective of the Mid-Term Review (MTR) is to assess the progress of the UNSDCF 2021-2025 in the context of evolving national priorities, specifically alignment with the National Program for the Socio-Economic Development of Turkmenistan for 2022-2052. The specific tasks of the MTR included: reviewing the results achieved during the two years of UNSDCF implementation through the lens of the following criteria - relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, coordination and orientation towards impact; identifying the key lessons learned; proposing additional areas for UN Joint Programmes; assessing the progress on and likelihood of mobilizing resources envisaged in the UNSDCF; analysing challenges and opportunities and recommending the way forward, including on strengthening the UNSDCF Results Groups, M&E framework, and results reporting. The review will cover the implementation period 2021 to present at the levels of outcomes and outputs, assessing the contribution from all UN agencies which are part of the UNSDCF and refining the underlining Theory of Change based on the Common Country Analysis updates and MTR findings. The potential adjustments are intended to ensure better alignment with national strategies, government programs, global trends, and to prepare for the rollout of the new UNSDCF.
The Mid-Term Review was endorsed by the Steering Committee of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework in April 2023. The review will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of sustainable development initiatives in Turkmenistan and fostering partnerships between the UN and the country to ensure that no-one is left behind. The United Nations Country Team in Turkmenistan looks forward to sharing the outcomes of the Mid-Term Review with the government and other partners.