About UNDP in Turkmenistan

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched in Turkmenistan in 1995 based on the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement signed between UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan on 5 October 1993.

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

New priorities

The new country programme for 2015-2020 is focused on fewer issues with better targeting in order to address these in a coherent and sustainable manner. Priority cooperation areas in line with SDGs adapted by Turkmenistan are outlined as (a) suitable management of natural resources; (b) a stronger rule of law; (c) socioeconomic integration of vulnerable groups; and (d) advocating for greater focus on quality data.

In line with the global and regional discussions on the sustainable development agenda, the country programme reinforces the links between managing natural resources, economic development and human development. It targets more specifically the socially excluded, vulnerable groups such as women in rural areas (including female-headed households), persons with disabilities and the unemployed. 

Our accomplishments

UNDP supports the Government of Turkmenistan is the areas of democratic governance, environment and energy, and human development. In all these areas of cooperationcapacity building is a cornerstone of UNDP’s support to Turkmenistan.

Over a span of 20 years, UNDP helped strengthen the capacity of a wide range of national institutions, organizations and local communities, including Members of Parliament, executive and judicial branches of power, central and regional electoral commissions, law-enforcement agencies, local governments and mass media, small business and public organizations as well as rural women, people with disabilities, teachers, students and schoolchildren.  

Environment and energy: UNDP assisted the Government of Turkmenistan to adopt a national strategy on climate change, approved in 2012. In 2015, UNDP supports the development of an intersectoral plan on low emissions and adaption to climate change.

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Democratic governance: UNDP advocates for the need to promote and protect human rights and supported the development of a National Human Rights Action Plan, based on the recommendations from the many treaty body reports, including universal periodic review (UPR). Together with ECE, UNDP is assisting the National State Statistics Committee to carry out an institutional review to improve the data to address the lack of access to data.

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Human development: UNDP strengthened national capacities and service delivery systems for effective control, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis; supported the provision of services and advancement of social inclusion of persons with disabilities.

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Decision makers

The Government of Turkmenistan is UNDP’s strategic partner in the country. The Government coordinates the activities of all international development partners, including UN agencies accredited in the country, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

UNDP uses national execution as the modality for country programme under the overall coordination of the MFA. The MFA acts as the key focal point for coordination of UNDP’s development programmes and projects in the country and liaison between UNDP and various national implementing partners and stakeholders.

UNDP signs the project documents with partners in accordance with corporate practices and requirements of the Government. Projects are implemented in partnership with relevant Government agencies directly responsible for the Government’s participation in each project. 

UNDP decision makers

The Management Team of UNDP in Turkmenistan includes UNDP Resident Representative, Deputy Resident Representative and Operations Manager. The team is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the country office.

UNDP Turkmenistan Staff List

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