Turkmenistan gives 17 days in March 2016 to identifying what SDG, targets and indicators it will adopt to implement over the next 15 years

Turkmenistan SDGs process infographic (click on photo to read a publication about Turkmenistan SDGs roll out and next steps)


The Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) has dedicated 17 days, (one day per goal) in March 2016 to discussing what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators the country should adopt to implement over the next 15 years. Each goal group was co- led by a government ministry together with a UN agency.

During each of the 17 days, relevant ministries, agencies and departments discussed the goal, its corresponding targets and indicators in order to agree what SDG targets and indicators Turkmenistan would formally adopt. The goal groups exchanged views on various critical issues, including national capacities, foreseen challenges in the implementation, vagueness and the lack of global methodologies for measuring some indicators. They also discussed what SDG targets and indicators would be inserted into the Presidential Socio- Economic plan 2017- 2021 and sector plans and programs.

As a result of the consultations, 121 out of 169 targets were recommended for adoption as they are and 27 targets were modified. Of 241 indicators, 109 were accepted in the current definition, and 50 were modified. In addition, 39 national indicators were formulated. Total 197 indicators. This list of recommendations will go to the Cabinet of Ministers for formal approval.

The Government and UNCT developed a three stage process for rolling out of SDGs in Turkmenistan. The March consultations was the peak of the first stage. The next stage will focus on incorporating the approved SDGs, targets and indicators into Presidential plan 2017- 2021, sectors plans and programs. The third stage will define the system required to measure the SDGs, taking into account  the  numbers of plans/ program that will incorporate SDGs and the role of the National State Statistics and line ministries in this process.


What is UNDP's role with the Global Goals?

All 17 SDGs are connected to UNDP’s Strategic Plan focus areas: sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. Goals Number 1 on poverty, Number 10 on inequality and Number 16 on governance are particularly central to UNDP’s current work and long-term plans. 

Having an integrated approach to supporting progress across the multiple goals is crucial to achieving the SDGs, and UNDP is uniquely placed to support that process.

UNDP can support, and is already supporting, countries in three different ways, through the MAPS approach: mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support.

This sees us:

  • Providing support to governments to reflect the new global agenda in national development plans and policies. This work is already underway in many countries at national request;
  • Supporting countries to accelerate progress on SDG targets. In this, we will make use of our extensive experience over the past five years with the MDG Acceleration Framework; and
  • Making the UN’s policy expertise on sustainable development and governance available to governments at all stages of implementation.

Collectively, all partners can support communication of the new agenda, strengthening partnerships for implementation, and filling in the gaps in available data for monitoring and review. As Co-Chair of the UNDG Sustainable Development Working Group, UNDP will lead the preparation of Guidelines for National SDG Reports which are relevant and appropriate for the countries in which we work.

UNDP is deeply involved in all processes around the SDG roll out. The guidance and tools being developed will be shared as they become available. As well, we are bringing our extensive programming experience to bear in supporting countries to develop their national SDG efforts.