UNICEF signs work plans with national partners for 2021 on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, 14 December 2020 – This past week on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, UNICEF signed twelve work plans with thirteen national partners for 2021. This marks the start of the new country programme of cooperation for 2021-2025 between UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan.
UNICEF signed work plans with the Parliament, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Sports and Youth Policy, Office of the Ombudsman, State Statistics Committee, State Committee for TV and Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography, Institute of State, Law and Democracy, and Women’s Union.
While building on the results of the outgoing country programme, the workplans for 2021 reflect the expanded scope of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan under the new country programme 2021-2025. UNICEF will be partnering with more institutions to achieve the jointly agreed results under this new programme, namely to ensure equitable access to high-impact and quality health, nutrition and early childhood development services; protect children from all forms of violence, ill-treatment and socio-economic vulnerabilities; as well as increase access to quality inclusive education and learning opportunities for Turkmenistan’s children and youth.
Cross-cutting areas threaded through all the work plans are UNICEF’s and partners’ commitment to reach vulnerable children and families, thus “leaving no one behind”, as well as to promote child and youth participation, gender equality, and environmental protection.
In addition, the workplans also reflect UNICEF’s continued support to partners in implementing the national plans for pandemic prevention and response as well as response to the socio-economic impact of the pandemic.
UNICEF will continue its efforts to foster new partnerships with government, civil society, private sector, international development agencies and others to achieve results for all children in Turkmenistan over the next five years and beyond.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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