Day 7: The SDGs consultations were dedicated to the Goal 11 «Sustainable cities and communities».

Ashgabat, 14 March 2016: Today’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consultation on the Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” was co- led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Construction and Architecture of Turkmenistan and supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The goal includes the following background,

 

«More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of humanity.

 

The rapid growth of cities in the developing world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to a boom in mega-cities. In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities, home to a total 453 million people.

 

Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas.

 

Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.” [1]

 

Representatives of about six national ministries and agencies discussed the proposed ten targets to the Goal 11 and their relevance to Turkmenistan. Participants of todays’ consultation agreed to adopt all ten global targets, with eleven of 15 indicators accepted without modification, and for the rest four indicators the decision is yet to be made.

 

During the discussion two topics have received special attention. One is ensuring accessible and safe transport system that encourage integration of all groups, such as persons with disabilities. This practice is already have started in the capital city, but needs a further development. A mechanism of communication of municipalities with public has also a positive step forward that was covered on the consultations too. Such improvements include hyakimlik websites and a recent initiative for co-planning of a town involving public. The recommendation is to continue the work and aim at higher results.

 

 

 

 

SubscribeSubscribe

Other News

  • Results Groups discussed the working plan for 2017 within the UN Partnership Framework for Development for 2016-2020.

    Results Groups discussed the working plan for 2017 within the UN Partnership Framework for Development for 2016-2020.

    Ashgabat. 19 April 2017 – Members of five joint Results Groups formed under Turkmenistan-United Nations Partnership Framework for Development 2016-2020 (PFD), have finalised the discussion of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plans (M&E Plan) and developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Calendars up to 2020 during the first round of meetings from April 4-18, 2017.

  • The Government of Turkmenistan and the UN Country Team committed to a sustained partnership in realization of the newly adopted National Programme on Tobacco Control

    The Government of Turkmenistan and the UN Country Team committed to a sustained partnership in realization of the newly adopted National Programme on Tobacco Control

    Ashgabat, 15 April 2017 - Today the Government of Turkmenistan and the UN Agencies came together to launch the National Programme and Plan of Action on the realization of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control for the period of 2017-2021. Representatives of national ministries, the Parliament, public organizations, and media led by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, as well as the UN Country Team highly acknowledged that the National Programme and Plan of Action demonstrate practical application of the political will and leadership of the country to realize tobacco control measures. The country has taken comprehensive pathway towards enhancement of the national public health by reducing tobacco prevalence of smoking among the adult population to the lowest global rate of 8 %. The country aims to become the first tobacco-free country in the European Region with the smoking rate at 5% or less by 2025.

  • Framework for monitoring and evaluation of the National Action Plan on Gender equality discussed

    Framework for monitoring and evaluation of the National Action Plan on Gender equality discussed

    Ashgabat. April 12, 2017. Establishing a monitoring and evaluation framework for the National Action Plan (NAP) on Gender Equality in Turkmenistan for 2015-2020 was the focus of the round-table, organized by the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund. The Working Group of the Interministerial Commission on the implementation of the international obligations of Turkmenistan in the area of human rights, with participation of UNFPA, UN Women, UNDP, met to agree on the framework of the monitoring tool to be used to track the progress of the National Action Plan.

  • UNDP Human Development Reports Ashgabat

    UNDP Human Development Reports Ashgabat

    Ashgabat, 3-4 April 2017: More than 300 representatives of youth, government officials, public associations and international development organizations took part in the launch conference of the United Nations Development Programme Global and Regional Human Development Reports 2016. The presentation of the reports Human Development For Everyone and Progress at Risk: Inequalities and Human Development in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia took place in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Development of Turkmenistan.