Expert opinion on energy saving technologies and practices in Turkmenistan

08 Dec 2015 by Nazik Myradova

Irina Terekhova, International Consultant / UNDP Turkmenistan
The fossil fuels burned by people for various needs contribute to the environmental degradation of our planet. The housing sector consumes 30-40% of total number of energy resources. Moreover, this figure is almost unchanged in most developed countries. Therefore, the importance of reducing energy consumption in the residential sector is obvious. Energy-saving measures may vary depending on the degree of efficiency and cost. Many of them are implemented in the pilot projects of UNDP. … Read more

Expert opinion on UNDP’s “Social Inclusion through Leadership Skills for Disabled Women in Turkmenistan”

07 Dec 2015 by Nazik Myradova

Photo: UNDP/Turkmenistan
On average, 10% of the population of the world has some form of disability. But how many persons with disabilities do you see on the streets? Social exclusion, low educational attainment, unemployment, low self-esteem and limited opportunities to participate in political and social life are frequent parts of persons with disabilities’ daily experience. A very low number of persons with disabilities are employed or attend universities. The stereotyping of and prejudice against them are still widespread and their families experience social stigma so that many persons with disabilities have to stay at home. In society, there is a genuine and widespread lack of understanding that most persons with disabilities could in fact function effectively at work, school, and with society, if given adequate support. … Read more

“Give them something to talk about”

21 Oct 2015 by Nazik Myradova

Photo: UNDP Turkmenistan
Student debate is a culture and an art. While a student at the American University- Central Asia in 2008-2013, I saw many of my fellow Turkmen engaging into the art of debate. For more than two years, I served as a president of the AUCA debate club while completing my Bachelor’s degree. We practiced in public speaking, critical thinking and argumentation. In2015, I joined UNDP and now can continue transferring the debating skills through the annual UN Debate Cup held among university students throughout Turkmenistan. … Read more