UNICEF workshop enhances Turkmenistan legislators’ and finance specialists’ knowledge on budgeting for children
ASHGABAT, 8 November 2012 – Results based budgeting, equitable budgets for children, and increased investments for children were presented to members of the Mejlis (Parliament) and representatives of the Ministries of Economy and Development, Finance, Labour and Social Protection of the Population and the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights during a two day workshop organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Mejlis of Turkmenistan.
The workshop, led by UNICEF international expert Alexander Kovalevskiy, aimed at increasing participants’ knowledge in making policy and budgetary decisions based on non-discrimination and social inclusion and ensuring that children, women and families are not marginalized in both the actual public sector allocations as well as the decision-making. It also aimed at strengthening the capacity of government specialists and parliament members in effective and efficient budgeting for children and families based on the best international experience. The participants were given an opportunity to increase their knowledge on budget oversight and aligning budget legislation with human rights based approach, results based budgeting and monitoring.
The Speaker of the Turkmen Parliament Ms. Akdja Nurberdiyeva opened the event by stressing out the importance of social programmes for Turkmenistan, which cover 75 percent of the state budget, including programmes for children and women. “In light of the recent reforms in education, and particularly, the proposed extension of the secondary education, as well as an importance of introducing inclusive education in Turkmenistan, our legislators and finance specialists would benefit from an international experience in budgeting for children,” said the Speaker of the Parliament.
UNICEF looks forward to working with the Government of Turkmenistan in further enhancing the national partners’ capacity in child-friendly and equitable budgeting.
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