Sustainable Development Goals

The UN and the Government, partners in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Turkmenistan

How is Turkmenistan rolling out SDGs?

Following the global adoption of the SDGs the UN System in Turkmenistan together with the Government agreed a 3-stage process to roll-out SDGs. See  the details of the 3 stages under UNCT work. Stage 1 is complete. It included 17 days of consultations, (one goal per day) with relevant ministries to identify what  SD goals, targets and indicators to be adopted for implementation in Turkmenistan. Click the SDG progress document to read about the achievements from Stage 1 and the press releases that capture the exciting consultations over the 17 days. Stage 2 has begun which is about integrating the agreed goals, targets and indicators into nationals plans and programs. 

on 20 September 2016 the Government of Turkmenistan formally adopted a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 148 targets and 187 indicators to be implemented over the next 15 years.

The Government of Turkmenistan has also integrated the reference to the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals into its main national development strategy - the National Programme of the President of Turkmenistan on the Socio-economic Development for 2018-2024, adopted on 9 October 2017.

On 17 November 2017, the President approved the national architecture for the monitoring of the SDG implementation in the country. National SDG Working Group at the level of deputy ministers and heads of other state and non-state entities was established. The Ministry of Finance and Economy was assigned the leading coordination role, responsible for monitoring and national reporting. The other national entities in this system became responsible for collection and analysis of data and reporting on the progress of achievement of the nationalized sustainable development goals and targets.

The establishment of the Training and Methodology Centre for Sustainable Development Goals at the Institute of the International Relations of MFA is another result of the partnership of the Government and UN. The Centre is becoming a platform for learning and increasing awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development among public at large throughout the country. It conducts training, delivers lectures and is engaged in the development of methodology to teach Sustainable Development Goals among civil servants, NGOs and the private sector.

To assist the countries to determine the relevance of the SDGs to the country context, both at the national and subnational level, and interlinkages across targets the United Nations developed the "Rapid Integrated Assessment" (RIA) tool. The assessment is a first step in defining a roadmap for a country to implement the SDGs. UN supported carrying out such assessment in Turkmenistan in 2017.

The UN in Turkmenistan initiated two high level missions within the UN’s Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support Mission (MAPS) approach. The overarching goal of the mission was to help the Government develop an acceleration plan to progress on the Agenda 2030 and agree on certain SDGs, which would serve as accelerators for advancements of the remaining SDGs. The consultations resulted in identifying the following accelerators applicable to three main pillars of sustainable development but adapted to the Turkmenistan context with a focus on:

Ø Inclusive and sustainable growth through economic diversification and development of human capital;

Ø Social development for all; and,

Ø Building resilient Turkmenistan through climate change adaptation

What is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.


The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.


While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals.  Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection.  Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.



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