United Nations and the Government continue consultations within the second phase of the MAPS mission to Turkmenistan.
20-24 November 2017. Ashgabat. The United Nations and World Bank undertook a five-day mission to help Turkmenistan develop an action plan to addressing Agenda 2030 and achieve SDGs. The mission team was made up of an integrated team from United Nations Development Programme, World Health Organisation, United Nations Children Fund and World Bank. A series of meetings with Government partners highlighted areas of support linked to Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support Mission (MAPS) the SDGs into Government institutions. The results show that further support to integrating the SDGs into national planning and financing, is needed as well as finding policy solutions to accelerating progress in in economic, social and environmental dimensions.
The scope of this MAPS mission was to support the adapting of the SDGs to the national needs in Turkmenistan building on the efforts of the first stage of MAPS mission conducted in the summer of 2017. The consultations concluded with a series of recommendations for implementing the SDGs going forward. The expert team will develop a report that provides a range of options for the UN system to provide support to the Government in accelerating realization of 2030 Agenda in the country. This will also imply carrying out legislative and institutional reforms to be successful.
UN experts also discussed financing for SDGs with a number of development partners and presented outcomes of consultations to civil society in the country.
The mission started with an energetic meeting with youth of Turkmenistan who reflected on their participation in the post-2015 national consultation, “The World We Want”, and shared their vision on the role they would like to play in implementing SDGs in Turkmenistan. Among children’s recommendations inclusive barrier free spaces for people with disabilities, climate change initiatives at schools, equal opportunities in education, increased public investments for children’s programmes, and more importantly, affordable and universal essential services for all children were prominent.
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