UNDP Supports Turkmenistan to Design a Monitoring System to measure progress in implementing Human RightsNov 11, 2016
Ashgabat, 8-10 November 2016: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a consultation meeting with the Interdepartmental Commission on Treaty Bodies and International Humanitarian Law and a workshop for the members of the Working Group of the Commission to discuss Monitoring and Evaluation system for National Action Plans of Turkmenistan in the area of human rights.
The events were facilitated by international experts on human rights and statistics invited by UNDP.
“Turkmenistan adheres to the recommendations of the UN human rights treaty bodies and closely cooperates with international organizations in this field. In 2015, Turkmenistan adopted National Action Plan on Gender Equality, in January 2016, Turkmenistan has adopted the National Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2020 and in most recently, the Government approved National Action Plan on Combating of the Trafficking in Persons and will soon the National Plan of Action for Children. This is a result of cooperation between the UN and the Government of Turkmenistan which we are proud of,” stated Director of the NIDHR.
The consultation meeting and the workshop are held under UNDP’s project “Assistance in implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of Turkmenistan 2016-2020” implemented jointly with the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.
“Turkmenistan has made good progress in ratifying HR conventions, translating these into laws and preparing Treaty Body reports. The time is not right to focus on the implementation of the recommendations from these Treaty Bodies. To assist the implementation the UN supported the government to develop 4 human rights plans (mentioned above). To ensure effective implementation we need to establish a system to monitor progress, because if we cannot measure we cannot implement” stated by the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Jacinta Barrins.
Participants of the workshop discussed the importance of the data collection for measuring the progress against the targets set and reporting under the national action plans. Delegates also considered eight guiding principles of the monitoring system and potential phases for establishment of monitoring system for Turkmenistan.
Participants discussed the role of the NIDHR as an overseeing body of the whole process of planning, implementation and monitoring of the 4 human rights action plans. They also discussed the roles and responsibilities of Line ministries.
By the end of the seminar, participants had developed a draft outlining the main elements of the monitoring system.Contact information
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