More than 50 Representatives of Government and Civil Society of Turkmenistan Meet First Time to Discuss Cooperation Prospects

Dec 7, 2016

UNDP launches the grounds for cooperation

Ashgabat, 6-7 December 2016: The United Nations Development Programme jointly with the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan held two-day Round-table "Role of public associations for sustainable development".

The purpose of the roundtable is to promote  meaningful participation of the civil society  in sustainable development and  strengthen partnership with the Government. The roundtable is held within UNDP’s “Assistance in implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of Turkmenistan 2016-2020” project and is co-funded by the Embassy of Germany.

“Human rights are in the core of both of constitutions of Germany and Turkmenistan. Sustainable development and civil society topics are in the very heart of my country. We highly appreciate the work that UNDP is doing. Civil society organizations are important to maintain and uphold human rights. For example, they support vulnerable groups of the population which are not heard otherwise. They can be very important partners of official bodies and bring valuable change for their society through their consistent persistence and engagement.,” stated Elisabeth Franz, Deputy Head of the Mission of the German Embassy.

The roundtable took place with participation of more than 50 representatives of government ministries and public organizations, UN agencies, and diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan, including Parliament of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Justice.

Representatives of the civil society sector delivered presentations on the mandate and activities of their organizations. Participants outlined the areas of expertise of each organization and delivered it to the representatives of the Government for further reference.

Representatives of the government institutions noted that there are further plans on close partnership with the civil society organizations in Turkmenistan and requested for feedback from the public associations on the existing development strategies.

“Development of the civil society is in the core of the current policy of the President of Turkmenistan. There is a number of laws adopted in Turkmenistan on public associations which ensure safe environment for public associations. Public association is an important instrument in implementing the democratization processes in the country and help promote social development. Thus, it is vital to ensure that public associations have access to the target audience, law making process, and democratization processes,” Shemshat Atajanova, Representative of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan.

During the roundtable, UNDP presented results of the research on public associations of Turkmenistan where it highlighted areas of development for the civil sector of Turkmenistan. Participants also discussed the evolution of the legislation on public associations in Turkmenistan, funding sources, Turkmenistan’s obligations under international treaties and social services currently provided by the civil society sector of Turkmenistan. 

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UNDP Program Manager

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