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UNDP in Turkmenistan

Over the past 25 years, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkmenistan has become a trusted strategic development partner of the Government. We have supported the country to address complex development issues across sectors and accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP in Turkmenistan is promoting human development and supporting the national development agenda. UNDP partners with the Government of Turkmenistan and other development organizations on a broad spectrum of issues relating to democratic governance, environment and energy, and human development. In all these areas, we help strengthen national capacity and pilot innovative solutions.

What we do

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched in Turkmenistan in 1995 based on the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement signed between UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan on 5 October 1993.

UNDP in Turkmenistan is guided by its Country Programme Document (currently Country Programme 2021-2025), and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025, which are in line with the strategic priorities of the Government of Turkmenistan, enshrined in the Programme of the President of Turkmenistan on Socio-economic Development of the Country for 2019-2025.

In line with the global and regional discussions on the sustainable development agenda, the country programme reinforces the links between managing natural resources, economic development and human development. It targets more specifically the socially excluded, vulnerable groups such as women in rural areas (including female-headed households), persons with disabilities and the unemployed. 

To ensure that all stakeholders are onboard with the Agenda 2030, UNDP has established ties between all relevant ministries, agencies, international organizations and other development partners. UNDP is eager to provide platforms for joint actions, and serve as an intermediary in the development processes, bringing our best people, resources, knowledge and innovations.

Our joint efforts are focused to ensure 1. High level of human capital development as a result of improving the quality of social services; 2.  Innovative development of the national economy with highly productive sectors and industries, advanced market economy and strong regional partnerships; 3. Rational use of natural resources, with strong environmental protection policies offering solutions to climate change effects.

New priorities

The new Country Programme Document 2021-2025 which serves as the basis for the new cooperation cycle has seen endorsed by UNDP Executive Board on 3 September 2020. The new cooperation agreement includes the following priorities:

  • Implementation of governance reforms towards more effective and transparent public administration, based on international standards and Turkmenistan’s commitments to rule of law, human rights and gender equality;
  • Design and implementation of policy and regulatory reforms to promote economic development and better livelihoods in the non-hydro-carbon sectors of the economy, increased private sector competitiveness and trade, digitization, innovative and effective banking, and the creation of decent jobs, including for the care economy;
  • Support Government and other partners to implement effective measures for climate adaptation and mitigation and management of natural resources, and disaster risk reduction;
  • Strengthen health and social protection system performance to deliver higher quality and more inclusive services, with a focus on control of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, increasing prevention and response capacities for pandemics, improving treatment for noncommunicable diseases, and expanding coverage of social protection for vulnerable groups.

Being the biggest UN agency, UNDP in Turkmenistan employs around 70 staff and implements roughly 25 projects with annual delivery of over USD 12 million in 2020 alone. Under the new UNDP-Turkmenistan Country Programme for 2021-2025 is well equipped to offer analytical, advisory and implementation services in the areas of:

1.      Governance and inclusive economic growth

2.      Resilience, climate change & energy

3.      Access to inclusive health services

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