UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia concludes her first visit to Turkmenistan
UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe, Ms. Afshan Khan, concluded her first official visit to Turkmenistan. During the week Ms. Afshan Khan discussed priorities for Children in Turkmenistan as part of UNICEF’s partnership co-operation with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foregin Affairs Mr. Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Mr. Purli Agamyradov responsible for education and health, and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Gochmyrat Myradov responsible for economy and social welfare.
Ms. Khan also met the Speaker of the Parliament Ms. Gulshat Mammedova and the Ombudsman Ms. Yazdursun Gurbannazarova. Ms. Afshan Khan thanked them for the fruitful collaboration and prioritizing child rights issues in policy and programming. Her four-day visit included the meetings with Minister of Health and Medical Industry Nurmuhammet Amannepesov and Minister of Education Mammetmyrat Geldiniyazov where Ms. Khan highlighted the importance holistic approach to early childhood development (ECD) and commended the ministers for intersectoral collaboration in ECD.
Ms. Khan visited the UNICEF-supported Early Childhood Development Centre at the Scientific-Clinical Mother and Child Health Centre in Ashgabat where she interacted with families accessing the services of the Centre and specialists that provide timely support to children with developmental delays.
Turkmenistan is the country where UNICEF and the Government’s partnership yielded important results for children and mothers in areas, such as immunization, breastfeeding and nationalization of SDGs. “I commend the Government of Turkmenistan for their investments in children’s weelbeing, and encourage to scale up at the national level some of the best initiatives and successful programmes,” stated Ms. Afshan Khan as she concluded her visit. “Delivering results for all children remains the bedrock of our partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan,” she said.
The UNICEF Regional Director also met with the UN Country Team, representatives of other international organizations, and senior members of the diplomatic corps.
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