Turkic Council and UNDP join forces to support Global Goals

May 24, 2016

Cihan Sultanoğlu, head of UNDP in Europe and CIS andRamil Hasanov, Secretary-General of the Turkic Council

Istanbul, 24 May 2016 - The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today agreed to work together closely to help countries in Europe and the CIS region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The agreement will enhance the cooperation between the Turkic Council and UNDP to further sustainable development in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey as well as other countries within the region.

It will do so through the promotion of tourism, information and communication technologies and renewable energy to contribute to South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Member States of the Turkic Council and across the region along the historic trade routes.

“By strengthening these countries’ economies and facilitating the exchange of information and knowledge among them, we will aim to boost their sustainable development prospects,” said Cihan Sultanoğlu, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

“As a dynamic international organization with a regional focus, the Turkic Council believes in the strength of partnership for the achievement of the SDGs in its member states and across its region along the traditional Silk Road,” said Ambassador Ramil Hasanov, the Secretary-General of the Turkic Council.

He added that “our collaboration with UNDP regarding the development of effective tools for the attainment of the SDGs while implementing our projects will pave the way for an even stronger partnership in the future.”

The Turkic Council is an intergovernmental organization established in 2009 with the signing of Nakhchivan Agreement by the Heads of States of its Member States: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. As a regional cooperation mechanism, it involves a wide range of areas from economy to transport, from sustainable development to education and from media to tourism with a view to accelerating cooperation among its Member States, in the region and beyond.

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Over the next 15 years, UNDP will help countries make progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Contact information

For more information, please contact:

Burcu Korkmaz, Turkic Council +90 212 283 16 44+90 212 283 16 44 (127) burcukorkmaz@turkkon.org

Nicolas Douillet, UNDP +905359224991+905359224991 nicolas.douillet@undp.org

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