Sustainable Development in the Cities of Turkmenistan

Nov 3, 2017

Ashgabat, November 2, 2017: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources of Turkmenistan and relevant national stakeholders has launched a joint project to develop sustainable cities in Turkmenistan.

The project, titled “Sustainable Development of the Cities in Turkmenistan: Integrated Green Urban Development in Ashgabat and Avaza”, is a six year strategy with the aim to develop cities that would meet environmental, social and economic requirements without causing damage or the misuse of valuable resources.

“Urbanization is takes place throughout the world. Cities consume a huge amount of energy and produce even more waste. As a result, urban activities affect people's health and the state of the environment. Realizing this situation, the global community is reviewing its priorities, and the Government of Turkmenistan is also developing a new strategy and policy in this area,” said Batyr Ballyev, representative of the Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources.

The new project promotes efficient use of energy resources through the upgrading of street lighting, developing green and sustainable public transportation system, improving urban development planning, reducing and recycling waste, and introducing new standards for resource conservation.

According to the World Bank, 50% of the world’s populations live in cities, and by 2045 the population of cities will grow 1.5 times to 6 billion. In this regard, there is an urgent need to take immediate action.

“By approving our new project, the Government of Turkmenistan confirms its intention to adhere to the most modern trends in urbanization. UNDP is the main partner for implementation of SDGs in the country. Through our new project, we can show how we intend to contribute to the implementation of the global agenda. Moreover, this project engages several goals at once,” said Vitalie Vremis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkmenistan.

National stakeholders noted the relevance of this project regarding international obligations of Turkmenistan under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and within the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Contact information

Rovshen Nurmuhamedov

Programme Officer

E-mail: rovshen.nurmuhamedov@undp.org

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