UNDP assists in preparations of national report on Economic, Social, Cultural, Rights

Aug 19, 2016

ASHGABAT, 18-19 August 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a two-day workshop with the Working Group of Interministerial Committee on UN Treaty Body obligations of Turkmenistan on preparation of the second national periodic report on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR).

The main purpose of the workshop was to identify methodology of the preparation of the report according to the previously received concluding observations from the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR).  It was attended by 18 representatives of working group, which consists of the line ministries, Mejlis (Parliament) and public associations. The workshop was opened by Mr. Batyr Orazov, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Democracy (NIDHR) and Human Rights, and Mr. Vitalie Vremis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, facilitated by the member of the UN Treaty Body of the Committee on ECSR, Mr. Nicollas Schrijver.

 “For United Nations in Geneva it is important that you come well prepared and that your documents are in order to have a constructive dialogue when presenting a report. I see it very much as a joint exercise and we are here to help you,” Mr. Schrijver said.

Focused on the structure of the State report, the workshop covered in details the specifics of the information on social, economic, and cultural rights, which are exercised in Turkmenistan.  The group also overviewed the International Covenant on ESCR and the rights contained in the Convention, as well as the relationship between civil and political rights and ESCR.

“Turkmenistan ratified the Covenant on Economic, Social, Cultural, Rights in May 1997. Since then, we are glad to see positive developments following the recommendations received from the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Turkmen authorities lead by the NIDHR and Mejlis have done a lot of work in the last few years to implement this. Among the most important achievements is the approval of the National Human Rights Action Plan in 2016. UNDP is glad to support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation efforts made by the state and non-government stakeholders,” Mr. Vremis noted.

The working group members exchanged with UNDP experts’ recommendations on the content of the report, targeting on the four clusters of rights contained in the Covenant, and discussed with the group the issues applicable to the country. Case studies and periodic reports of other countries were distributed among the participants to study concluding observations and examples.

Upon the completion of the workshop, the group identified the role of ministries in data collection and agreed on the next steps for Turkmenistan in submitting the CESCR report, as well as the work of the invited expert in his second mission to the country.

Contact information

Yelena Butova
Project Manager
Email: yelena.butov@undp.org

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