The role of public organizations in promoting human rightsDec 7, 2017
Ashgabat, 7 December 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the Ombudsman of Turkmenistan have held a roundtable on “The role of public organizations in achieving sustainable development”. The roundtable was held under the project “Support to the Office of the Ombudsman of Turkmenistan”, funded by the British Embassy in Turkmenistan.
The goal of this roundtable is to promote the participation of public organizations in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and discuss the tasks set for Turkmenistan in accordance with goal 16 of sustainable development, which is dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. During discussions, the Paris Principles of the United Nations and the role of the national human rights institutions (NHRI) were discussed in detail.
The roundtable was attended by representatives of public organizations of Turkmenistan, diplomatic missions, several UN agencies and guest speaker Mr. Alan Miller, the special commissioner of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.
As Mr. Alan Miller underlined, “the support of public organizations in building a peace-loving and open society has become a strategic necessity for every state. In this connection, it is necessary to emphasize the aspiration of Turkmenistan in supporting the development of public activities of the country, thereby providing a positive environment for carrying out the processes of democratization in the country, which are closely linked to the goals of sustainable development.”
At the end of the discussions Ms. Yazdursun Gurbannazarova, who is the current Ombudsman of Turkmenistan, made participants aware of the “Law of Turkmenistan on the Ombudsman”. Ms. Gurbannazarova detailed the roles and functions of the newly established Ombudsman's Office. Participants also considered future funding options for the Office of Ombudsman.
The roundtable was held ahead of the International Human Rights Day, annually celebrated on December 10. During the event, the participants learned about the start of a one-year campaign to celebrate 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.