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Turkmenistan and UNDP Launch Initiatives to Strengthen Electoral System and Legal Assistance

Ashgabat, July 09, 2024, The Europe Today: Turkmenistan, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched new initiatives aimed at enhancing the country’s electoral system and providing quality legal assistance. A series of strategic agreements were signed to reinforce and develop a long-term partnership to achieve national development priorities.

Key Agreements Signed

Electoral System Capacity Building

The project “Assistance in Building the Capacity of the Central Commission for Holding Elections and Referenda in Turkmenistan” aims to support and improve the qualifications of election commissions in Turkmenistan. This project will facilitate the exchange of advanced international experience and organize relevant training events. Funded by the Government of Turkmenistan, the project will be implemented jointly with the Central Commission for Holding Elections and Referenda in Turkmenistan.

Strengthening Legal Aid Provision

The project “Strengthening the Potential of the Bar Associations of Turkmenistan in Ensuring Human Rights” focuses on enhancing the quality of legal aid in accordance with international standards. Funded by the UK Government, this project will be implemented in collaboration with the Presidium of the Bar Associations of Ashgabat.

Statements from UNDP and Turkmenistan Officials

Tomica Paovic, Acting UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan, emphasized the importance of these initiatives, stating:

“As we deepen our partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan, these new initiatives mark another important step towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. By strengthening electoral reform and enhancing the skills of the legal profession, we aim to advance the country’s rule of law agenda and build a more inclusive, just, and sustainable future for all.”

Goals and Future Impact

These initiatives are part of a broader effort to accelerate Turkmenistan’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. By bolstering the electoral system and enhancing legal aid, Turkmenistan and UNDP aim to promote a stronger rule of law and foster a more equitable society. The projects underscore a shared commitment to sustainable development and the continuous improvement of governance and legal frameworks in Turkmenistan.