UNICEF in Turkmenistan


UNICEF in Turkmenistan

UNICEF Turkmenistan
© UNICEF Turkmenistan/2013

For more than a decade, Turkmenistan has experienced strong economic growth, which has created fiscal space for social development, including efforts to improve the health and well-being of children. The Government of Turkmenistan has used this space as an opportunity—to enact socioeconomic reform, expand the provision of goods and services and improve living standards nationwide.

For the past 25 years, UNICEF has been a strategic partner of the Government of Turkmenistan, working closely together to support child rights and promote equity. Complementing national development priorities, UNICEF has provided technical assistance to improve legislation and policies; capacity building of institutions and public agencies; and support for families to better care for their children.

Under the Turkmenistan-UNICEF Country Programme for the period 2016–2020, UNICEF supports the Government of Turkmenistan to accelerate the universal realization of child rights by aligning legal frameworks, policies and practices for children with international standards. Central to this effort will be to protect the rights of young children and children with disabilities to survive and develop, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Key programme approaches

The programme of cooperation encompasses four interconnected programme areas:

 Young child survival and well-being

Quality and inclusive early learning

  Reducing social inequities

  Partnership for child rights

Key strategies

    • Mainstream the best interests of the child into national policies and practices
    • Facilitate a shift in social norms and a change in attitudes, values and behaviours affecting the lives of children
    • Develop sector strategies related to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other human rights treaty obligations
    • Support the translation of policies into concrete actions trough the introduction of tailored, replicable, inclusive and Government-funded social services and programmes, particularly for vulnerable children and families
    • Share best practices on effective ways to close equity gaps and achieve gender equality
    • Build partnerships with social sectors, Parliament, civil society, development partners, academia, and private sector around the children’s equity agenda










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