Ashgabat, 12 November 2019: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted technical consultations to provide support and recommendations for monitoring of implementation of selected SDG 16 Indicators. The consultations are provided as part of the joint project between UNDP and the Ministry of Finance and Economy on establishing the platform for implementation of SDGs in Turkmenistan adopted by the Government of Turkmenistan in 2016.
For the purpose of providing technical support, an international expert Tomas Baranovas was invited to support the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the State Statistics Committee, the Ministry of Interior and the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan and other institutions responsible for monitoring and implementation of the SDG 16.
“It is vital to recognize and consider the interests and opinions of various parties when collecting data on SDGs and assessing the situation. This principle is called human rights approach in implementation of SDGs, its targets and indicators. The methodology of assessment of SDGs implementation is therefore based on the principle of leaving no one behind, which states have signed to when adopting SDGs,” explains Mr. Baranovas.
Participants discussed the main principles of human rights approach in data collection and its application in Turkmenistan. After considering international experience and best practices, they have also addressed the ongoing issues of gaps in data collection and possible ways to addressing it.
As a result of the technical discussion, participants have strengthened their knowledge in data innovations for the implementation and measurement of SDG 16, including identifying innovative sources of data collection methods for measuring, monitoring and reporting on SDG 16 indicators.