Review of the speech of the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Elena Panova
(Ashgabat, 14 January 2020)
Having gained significant experience of development as a Neutral state, whose status was confirmed by two Resolutions of the UN General Assembly, Turkmenistan offers the world to apply the concept of Neutrality as a tool to protect peace and promotion of sustainable development. We are willing to support Turkmenistan in promotion of the principles of neutrality, the high-rank UN representative said.
She has also noted that Turkmenistan is one of the leading countries in the process of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. According to her, the main achievement in this aspect is that the country has laid firm systematic foundation for the SDGs, having established national coordination mechanism and included goals and objectives of the SDGs into the Programme of the President for 2019 – 2025.
The Resident Coordinator has presented the main priorities of 2020 to the participants of the Forum, the implementation of which would help to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in the country, including the support in mobilizing the financing for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In her speech, Ms. Panova suggested to establish joint coordination mechanism for attraction of foreign investments and financial resources of international banks for implementation of the SDGs in the country. Participation of international financial establishments and large international companies is expected.
Support in improvement of statistical reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals is another priority direction. It was noted that huge work has been done with the State Statistics Committee for development of national database on indicators in the sphere of sustainable development.
Development of new Framework Programme of Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the UN in 2021 – 2025 is another priority. Consultations for development of this document have started last year and three directions of cooperation – improvement of efficiency in the sphere of the government administration by digitization and promotion of human rights; development of the economy taking into account the climate change; quality services in health protection, education and social protection sphere, have been defined in the result.
Special attention in the new Framework Programme will be paid to the involvement of youth to implementation of the SDGs and development of youth policy. Intensification of joint activities of different UN agencies will be another special feature of the Programme.
In this regard, Elena Panova made proposal to develop actual mechanism for encouragement of joint projects between the UN and the Government of Turkmenistan.
On behalf of the UN Mission in Turkmenistan, Ms. Panova expressed support to the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on organizing the International Conference on the subject of Peace, Security and Sustainable Development, which was presented at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The theme of this forum harmoniously matches the activities in the world, providing for better look at the global challenges of sustainable development through the prism of neutrality, said the UN representative.