The second meeting of the Steering Committee of the Joint Programme on inclusive, quality community-based social services was convened online on Tuesday. The meeting was co-chaired by Muhammetseyid Sylapov, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Turkmenistan and Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan.
According to the UNPD’s press release, the meeting brought together deputy ministers from a number of ministries of Turkmenistan, Heads of participating UN agencies, and representatives of civil society organizations to review the implementation of the programme for the last months and discuss important issues lying ahead.
The progress on the development of inclusive community-based social services model within the framework of the Joint Programme was presented to the members of the Steering Committee.
“This is the first joint UN effort to offer a holistic approach to transforming the delivery of social services. With the introduction of inclusive community-based social services, this Joint Programme leads to complex changes in the social service provision system through social protection, education, health and employment sectors”, Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator to Turkmenistan said in her welcoming speech.
The Steering Committee members agreed on introducing amendments to the Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee to include National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan to its membership and the Terms of Reference of the Expert Working Group to include relevant civil society organizations providing social services.
The joint program of Turkmen Government and the UN titled "Improving the social protection system by introducing inclusive quality social services at the local level" was approved in December last year.