Turkmenistan starts consultations to discuss Sustainable Development Goals

WHO/Mr Arslan Berdiyev

On 2 March 2016, the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) launched 17 days of consultations to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of the consultations is to discuss with representatives of relevant ministries, agencies and departments each global SDG in order to agree on the targets and indicators to be adopted by Turkmenistan over the next 15 years. The discussions are co-led by a line ministry together with a UN agency.

This is the first stage of a three-stage process to roll out SDGs in Turkmenistan. The first stage started in October 2015 with the Government approving the rollout process, establishing a working SDG group and assigning a lead ministry for each goal. Several preparatory meetings were held prior to the consultations. A number of line ministries, including the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, have also established internal SDG technical groups. The consultations will end with a list of SDGs, targets and indicators that will be sent to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval.

Stage 2 will focus on incorporating the agreed SDGs, targets and indicators into the Presidential plan 2017–2021 and into sectors plans and programmes. Stage 3 will be designing a system to measure progress on the implementation of the SDGs. UNCT will support the Government in all 3 stages.

On 3 March 2016, the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry and WHO led a discussion on SDG 3 "Good health and well-being" with the support of:

  • the International Organization for Migration
  • the United Nations Children's Fund
  • the United Nations Development Programme
  • the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • the United Nations Population Fund.

Representatives of about 9 national ministries and agencies discussed the proposed 13 targets for Goal 3 and their relevance to Turkmenistan. Participants agreed to adopt 12 of the 13 global targets, with 15 of 26 indicators accepted without modification and 8 indicators modified to the local context.