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Young people

UNFPA puts young people—their talents, hopes, perspectives and unique needs—at the very center of sustainable development. In doing so, it backs the achievements and aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Popula­tion and Development.

UNFPA works with governments, civil society and diverse partners, to help empower young people to make their own choices and determine their own futures. They, in turn, will be able to shape and im­prove the world around them by sustaining Peace, People, Planet and Prosperity.

The well-being and development of young people is a cross-cutting theme among the programme areas covered as part of UNFPA’s Country Programme for 2021-2025 – Reproductive Health, Gender Equality and Popu­lation Dynamics.

 

Using its comparative advantages, UNFPA will continue providing technical support and policy advice to empow­er young people enabled by population dynamics, human rights and gender equality, and creating conditions for the population to contribute to the development of the country.

 

Within the framework of the new State Pro­gramme on the Youth Policy, UNFPA supports the government in establishing innovative platforms for youth participation and reinforcing youth-related statistical and SDG measurement systems. The part­nership also focuses on promoting men and boys’ engagement in advancing gender equality and posi­tive social norms in society.

 

UNFPA’s support to the education sector has focused on strengthening the quality of reproduc­tive health, gender equality and life skills education within the Basics of Life skills subject through the adoption of teaching norms and standards and ex­panding the pedagogy resource base. In out-of-school settings, UNFPA also works with partners to equip adolescents with life skills and expand their knowledge on reproductive health, gender equality and positive social norms.

Yashlyk.info website provides evidence-based information on youth health issues for young people, parents and teachers. The Yashlyk site also provides new and updated evidence-based information for adolescents and their parents on adolescent reproductive health during the global pandemic, as well as virus prevention and health risks through a new rubric on COVID-19. UNFPA also supports the activities of the Youth Peer Education Network or Y-PEER, a group of volunteers who promote healthy living and gender equality among their peers.

UNFPA supports health policies and programmes that prioritize the needs of adolescents and youth. Within the framework of the National Strategy on Reproductive, Maternal, Children and Adolescent Health, UNFPA continues supporting the government in making health services for adolescents accessible, affordable and trustworthy. UNFPA is also providing technical support in the establishment of an adolescent health center in the capital, including the development and integration of the different standards of clinical care for adolescent boys and girls. The center will serve as a knowledge hub and training center for the country and will offer a wide spectrum of health services to adolescents.

The UNFPA Country Programme will have a specific fo­cus on the populations furthest behind, including young girls in rural areas and from the lowest wealth quintile, adolescent girls and boys, and young people with disabil­ities.

Read the Policy Brief "Rights and Choices for All: Adolescents and Youth." The Policy Brief provides an issue overview for the situation of adolescents and youth globally and in Turkmenistan, explores trends in Turkmenistan, UNFPA's support, and new priorities and opportunities for partnership during 2021-2025.