Today, the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations signed the Joint Program “Raising awareness and engaging youth to mitigate the multidimensional risks and threats posed by the global pandemic”.
The document was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Dmitry Shlapachenko.
The 18-month program was developed by the UN Country Team in consultation with national partners and submitted to the UN Trust Fund for Human Security in September 2020.
The Joint Program involves four UN agencies, including UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC, and IOM, with UNFPA acting as the lead agency.
The document is intended to strengthen the capacity of government officials at the local level, as well as to implement the Socio-economic Response Plan in these communities, adding into account a human security approach in an integrated and people-centered way.
Besides, the program targets young people in separate districts to increase their resilience that will allow them to contribute to the development of local communities, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reports.