Ashgabat, 19 October 2021: Today, UNDP and the British Embassy in Turkmenistan convened an online Development Partners Climate Group Coordination meeting aimed to continue an established dialogue to support the Government of Turkmenistan in the implementation of the development projects in the area of environment and climate change.
The meeting served as a forum to provide an update on the preparation to the upcoming Climate Summit COP26 to be held in Glasgow, UK in November 2021 and country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as well as share information on ongoing programme initiatives in line with the country’s efforts in achieving its national priorities to address the climate change issues.
“I am delighted to join this important meeting to discuss and exchange views on current and planned initiatives in support to the country’s efforts on increasing resilience of Turkmenistan to the impacts of climate change” – said Ms. Narine Sahakyan, UNDP Resident Presentative in Turkmenistan.
“We need all countries to work together to reach an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced negotiated outcome at COP26 in Glasgow, that leaves no issue and no Party behind” – said Mr. John Hamilton, Deputy Head of Mission of the UK Embassy in Turkmenistan. “The British Embassy in Ashgabat is pleased to be working with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNDP and national partners to help Turkmenistan get ready for COP26. We are also ready to be working together with all like-minded partners to further support the national efforts of the Government of Turkmenistan to tackle climate change in the coming years.”
During the meeting, the representatives of the Government of Turkmenistan briefed participants on the preparation of the visit of High-level Turkmen delegation to Glasgow Summit and joined discussions on the preparation of the country’s new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) currently being developed under coordination of UNDP Turkmenistan
The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator briefed on the Final Summary of Youth Initiatives to be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16) developed as an outcome document of the first ever Youth Conference on Climate organized by the United Nations in Turkmenistan, UK Embassy and the Government of Turkmenistan on 8 October 2021 in Ashgabat.
The Development Partners Climate Group Coordination meeting is convened regularly serving as a strong coordination mechanism to develop and provide a valuable support to Turkmenistan’s climate action and climate change resilience efforts.