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UNFPA and the Government sign work plans in the areas of health, gender and data

11 December 2020

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Government of Turkmenistan signed three work plan, which will enhance efforts to meet the country’s development goals. The  work plans were signed with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, State Statistics Committee, both co-financed by the Government, as well as with the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan for 2021. 

The annual plans were signed within the framework of the five-year Country Programme Document for 2021-2025 endorsed by UNFPA Executive Board and the Government of Turkmenistan. 

Building on the achieved results, the new Country Programme will continue focusing on three key areas in line with the 2030 agenda and the principles of the International Conference on Population and Development, namely:

·Reproductive health and rights to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled;

·Gender equality and expanding the rights and opportunities of women and girls by creating an environment free of violence and establishing a support platform for engaging men and boys to advance positive gender practices in the society;

·Using quality data for development to inform population policies and monitor the SDG progress.

The well-being and development of the youth will be crosscutting across these key areas.

The Country Programme will contribute to the achievement of the UNFPA transformative results: (a) ending unmet need for family planning; and (b) ending gender-based violence. It will also contribute to further ending preventable maternal deaths.

The partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry will continue enabling a policy environment to ensure high quality, inclusive and affordable reproductive health services with increased investments in family planning to reach the further behind and strengthen accountability mechanisms for health governance.

The cooperation with the State Statistics Committee will provide the support to ensure access and generation of quality population data, including 2022 Census, to incorporate population and development analysis into planning and policy decisions to achieve SDGs.

The programme on gender equality will work with the state bodies to establish comprehensive systems and mechanisms for women and adolescents to make informed choices and be protected from violence, and promote positive social norms in the society. This will be the focus of the UNFPA’s partnership with the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan. 

Within the framework of the signed projects, UNFPA will provide expert support to the Government in conducting the Census in 2022, in development and implementation of the National Strategy on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Adolescent Health for 2020-2030, the National Action Plan on gender equality with a focus on family well-being and prevention of gender-based violence, the State Programme on Youth Policy among many others.

“A year since the landmark Nairobi Summit which marked the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, and old and new challenges have emerged that could hamper our progress but we continue to march on,” said Ms. Giulia Vallese, UNFPA Country Director for Turkmenistan. “The ongoing global pandemic has highlighted how maintaining such momentum will require continued diligence and investment. Using its comparative advantages, UNFPA is ready to continue supporting the Government of Turkmenistan to sustain the progress that has been achieved throughout three decades of our strategic partnership.”

 

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For more information:

Ene Tuyliyeva, Youth and Communications

National Programme Associate

tuyliyeva@unfpa.org

+99312 488325

 

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