Ms. Cao Lin
Following visits to Turkmenistan by the United Nations Secretary General in 2002 and the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2003, as well as a needs assessment mission by OHCHR in 2004, UNDP and OHCHR jointly implemented a project entitled “Building of Reporting Capacities in Turkmenistan” between 2006 and 2009. This project contributed to a number of significant developments including:
A request from the Government of Turkmenistan for increased UN assistance in the area of human rights and a visit by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2007 paved the way for additional technical cooperation in this field. As a result this joint initiative of EU, UNDP and OHCHR, was developed with major funding from the EU. The project implemented in 2009 – 2013 and ended on the 2nd of July 2013. The overall objective of the project was to increase knowledge on international human rights standards and mechanisms in Turkmenistan and to strengthen national capacities to promote and protect human rights in accordance with these standards. Specifically, the project contributed to:
In overall, the project was successful in introducing human rights concepts into different parts of Turkmenistan’s establishment and developing duty bearer awareness, as well as improving access of the country’s population to human rights information and knowledge.
Paying attention to the fact, that the convergence of a number of initiatives represents provides a significant opportunity to build on the progress made during the project, it was decided to continue the work and develop the II phase of the Project with the tentative start date on the 1st of April 2014.
Phase II both builds on and brings together these advances with a focus, first, on the application of the human rights knowledge acquired by officials in Phase I and, secondly, on the implementation of the broad range of recommendations accepted by the Government of Turkmenistan during the UPR which have relevance for many government ministries and agencies.
Between the two phases, it is important that momentum is not lost and that preparations are made for the new direction that will be provided by Phase II. This will involve keeping communications open with beneficiaries of Phase I, continuing their development and undertaking certain activities that will lay the groundwork for Phase II initiatives.
4 result areas contribute to the achievement of this overall objective in the interim phase:
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Ms. Cao Lin