ASHGABAT (TCA) — UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Philippe Cori, on July 20 officially launched the Regional Nutrition Partnership Platform for Central Asia and Caucasus. Mr. Cori is visiting Turkmenistan on 20-22 July.
At the launch event in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat, hosted by the Government of Turkmenistan with technical assistance of UNICEF, WHO, WFP and FAO, Mr. Philippe Cori invited the governments of Central Asian countries and Caucasus to prioritize nutrition systems and sustainable food supply that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Malnutrition, obesity, stunting and other nutrition related issues in Central Asia and Caucasus require stronger leadership, governance, evidence and financing,” he said. “Numerous governments are making progress towards the SDGs and 2025 targets. I hope that this important regional initiative will generate collective capacity development initiatives, exchange of good practices and experiences, and create coherent policy approaches.”
During his official visit, Deputy Regional Director Cori plans to meet with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on Foreign Affairs; Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers on Economy, Foreign Investment, Finance and Monetary System, Social Welfare and Labour; and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers on Education, Science, Health, Tourism and Sports, and Religious Affairs.