Turkmenistan shares its experience on SDG roll out at the Global Sustainable Transport ConferenceNov 28, 2016
Ashgabat, 26 November 2016: During the Global Sustainable Transport Conference held on 26-27 November 2016, the UN Country Team jointly with the Government of Turkmenistan held a side event on the SDG roll out process in Turkmenistan.
The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Mr. Rashid Meredov, chaired the side event. The speakers included the UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo, USG, UNDESA, Chairperson of the national State Statistics Committee Ms. Ayna Oraeva and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Jacinta Barrins.
The audience included 47 deputy ministers who are members of the Committee overseeing SDG in Turkmenistan, heads of UN agencies, members of the diplomatic community and nearly 450 students of three universities.
The UN Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General commended the work carried out in Turkmenistan in rolling out SDGs in the country. The UN Secretary-General congratulated the Government on adopting “nearly 150 SDG targets and nearly 200 indictors to be implemented over the next 15 years” and on starting to design a SDG monitoring system with engagement of all line ministries. They encouraged the government to start to implement these adopted targets and indicators. In addition, they invited the Government to carry out a voluntary national review of the SDG implementation and to present their progress report to the High Level Political Forum in 2018.
In his statement, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan informed the participants that the Government would be integrating some of the SDGs, targets and indicators into the National Programme of the President of Turkmenistan of the Socio-Economic Development of the country. He also announced that as a first step the Government approved the establishment of a SDGs Working Group (47) at the level of deputy ministers, heads national ministries, institutions and NGOs who will monitor the progress in the implementation of SDGs. The Ministry of Economy and Development has the overall responsibly of coordinating the progress of SDGs implementation in the country.
In her statement, the Chairperson of the State Statistics Committee told the participants about the work her Office is doing in relation to SDGs and the support being provided by UN agencies and in particular UNDP towards designing the monitoring and measuring system for SDG implementation in the country that will include the inputs of line miseries. Ms. Jacinta Barrins in her statement shared the lessons learned in the SDG rollout process and emphasized that she will continue to work to ensure Turkmenistan ‘s experience is shared globally.