The Republic of Kazakhstan and UNDP launched a Global Symposium on South-South Development Exchange on Economic Diversification and Industrialization in the context of the SDGs

November 14, Astana – Over the last decade, sub-Saharan African countries have experienced robust growth rates. Countries like Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, and South Africa have made great strides towards structural economic transformation.

All UN volunteers working in Central Asia met in Kazakhstan

October 31 - November 3, 2017, Almaty – the first UNV Central Asia Regional Training “Leveraging Volunteerism in Sustainable Development”which was organized by the UN Volunteers Programme was held in Kazakhstan.

Climate change is a threat to rich and poor alike

From Miami and Puerto Rico to Barbuda and Havana, the devastation of this year’s hurricane season across Latin America and the Caribbean serves as a reminder that the impacts of climate change know no borders.

Procurement Fraud Notice

Fake procurement notices have been repeatedly circulated in the name of UNDP via non-UNDP and non-UN websites, emails imitating UNDP email addresses, and other means of communications such as phone calls from individuals alleging affiliation with UNDP. In some cases, correspondence falsely signed in the name of real UNDP officials has ensued, asking would-be bidders to part with copies of personal documents and even money.

Airports’ disaster preparedness training and assessment program to be held for the first time in Kazakhstan

You are invited to attain GARD (Getting Airports Ready for Disaster) training - the internationally recognized disaster preparedness and assessment program that is conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Deutsche Post DHL Group. The 5-day training that was previously held in over 40...

UN Pavilion receives an honorary mention from BIE
UN Pavilion receives an honorary mention from BIE

As EXPO 2017 Astana came to the end, it was time to find out which pavilions were the best, according to the international jury. The international jury consisting of 9 experts in the field of architecture and international exhibitions awarded the first, the second, and the third places in two categories: exhibition...

A charity concert in support of the crowdfunding campaign to open Künde café held in Astana

July 23, 2017, Astana - The United Nations Development Programme together with “MEGA Silk Way”, Künde, “Public association of disabled people “Bakyt” and the Medical Center of Mental Health have organized a charity concert to support the crowdfunding campaign[1] to open Künde Café – a venue where people with special development and mental health needs can integrate into society.

A charity concert in the framework of the crowdfunding campaign to launch the social project KUNDE CAFÉ

July 23, 2017, 5:00 pm – a charity concert in the framework of the crowdfunding campaign to launch the social project KUNDE CAFÉ will take place at “MEGA Silk Way”

The experience of Japan and Kazakhstan for the development of Afghanistan: promoting gender equality and women’s rights

July 12, 2017, Astana – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have held a seminar focusing on Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) experience in the field of Official Development Assistance (ODA): gender equality and promotion of women's rights

Kazakhstan’s civil servants learn gender responsive budgeting

July 10, 2017, Astana – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the “Financial Academy” JSC with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has held a one-day seminar on Gender Responsive Budgeting for the representatives of NGOs, civil servants, and the members of Kazakhstan’s Parliament.

Opening ceremony of Capacity Building and Networking Seminar for Civil Servants and NGOs from Afghanistan took place at Nazarbayev University

July 8, 2017, Astana – The opening ceremony of the Seminar on Capacity-Building and Networking for Civil Servants and the representatives of NGO from Afghanistan has taken place at Nazarbayev University. The Seminar is held in the framework of the joint project “Promoting Kazakhstan’s Official Development Assistance Cooperation with Afghanistan”. This project is conducted jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Embassy of Japan to Kazakhstan, and supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

8 days left till the end of the crowdfunding campaign to open Kunde cafe

July 11, 2017, Astana - the United Nations Development Program together with Künde, “Bakyt” public association of disabled people and the Medical Center of Mental Health are running a crowdfunding campaign. The aim of the campaign is to open Künde Café – a place where people with special features in mental development – our interns (and from now on – workers) - could find their place in society.

Time to double efforts to make sure clean energy available for all, says UN at Expo 2017

Astana, 13 June 2017 – The United Nations today called governments, businesses, and cities to increase their efforts to accelerate the transition towards clean energy as the EXPO 2017 on “Future Energy” kicked off in a spectacular show.

United Nations Commissioner-General visits Arnasay Green Technologies Center

12 June 2017, Arnasay Village – “Arnasay Green Technologies Centre is a unique hub with an entire cluster of innovations, which form a green platform for all those who wish to learn, share, and disseminate this knowledge,” said the United Nations Commissioner-General to EXPO-2017, Cihan Sultanoglu to the media during her visit to Arnasay.

Kazakhstan can start to recover solar energy investments within 5 years

June 10, Astana, Kazakhstan- Within a decade, solar energy could become a significant alternative source of energy for remote communities, UNDP said today at the EXPO 2017, pointing out that solar energy could cover 15 percent of the country’s energy needs by 2030.

In Astana, more than 100 countries to focus on zero carbon, energy for all

Astana, 6 June, 2017 – Governments, international organizations and civil society organizations, but also designers and technology companies from more than 100 countries will showcase their best solutions to boost the world’s access to energy while at the same time fighting climate change.

UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator

New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator. Mr Steiner’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded by Secretary-General António Guterres to the General Assembly, which today confirmed him as the Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.

2000 children in Almaty are trained cycling safety

Last year three Almaty schools and School Palace №5 turned into a platform for the implementation of teenagers’cycling safety programme developed by the UNDP-GEF "City of Almaty Sustainable Transport" project and "Saktau" Public Fund.

EXPO in Astana to generate momentum on energy and climate, says UN official

9 February, 2017 Astana – “I am confident that the exhibition will be a fantastic opportunity for Kazakhstan to generate momentum around sustainable energy, which is so crucial for accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals. I am sure that the EXPO will be a resounding success, and will attract a lot of positive attention from the region and the world,” said Cihan Sultanoglu.

The Secretary-General Appeal for Peace

On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart. How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?

Kazakhstan’s senators adopt Statement on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

22 November, 2016 Astana – United Nations Development Programme has presented the Sustainable Development Goals in the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The participants discussed how the new Goals could be implemented and localized in Kazakhstan. The SDGs are a core part of the global 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by all the UN member-states at a historic summit in September 2015. The 17 Goals aim to end extreme poverty, promote equity and opportunity for all, and protect the planet, in close partnership among all nations. The SDGs take a holistic approach to development, addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality in order to bring transformative change that will ‘leave no one behind’.

Kazakhstan’s national and international stakeholders discussed support for implementing SDGs in academic context

21 November 2016, Astana – Nazarbayev University has hosted a round-table meeting which explored the theme “Policy and Research for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kazakhstan”. The meeting was part of a series of other events that raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), enabling countries to tailor the Goals to their needs. The meeting was organized by Nazarbayev University, United Nations Development Programme, National Analytical Centre and Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana.

Regional Conference Towards a Common Vision for Agenda 2030 in Central Asia

The Conference is envisaged to establish a regional dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a distinct focus on Green Economy and delivering on the environmental dimension. The event will raise awareness, explore the existing capacities, reinvigorate political will, commitments and encourage the engagement of regional and national stakeholders with respect to Central Asian developmental challenges.

Power to the people

Kazakhstan is making moves to empower communities to become more involved in taking the decisions that matter most to them. It is striving to create an environment where people can get together and come up with solutions to their problems at a local level, rather than waiting for assistance from above.

“On ugliness”: site-specific performance based on Umberto Eco

Ugliness repels us. A huge industry works to help us rid from the ugliness of our own. However, contemplating one’s ugliness is a fascinating process. There were times when a man went to watch executions and visited the circus - both are today substituted by the cinema. Why do we sometimes want to relate ourselves with the ugly, whilst staying aside in our own beauty and harmony?

Kazakhstan is launching the geoportal to monitor drought risks from space for climate change adaptation studies.

Several events devoted to adapting and reducing vulnerability of Kazakhstan to climate change will take place on October 24-25. October 24, 2016, Almaty, the Conference Hall of the National Center for Space Research and Technology, 15, Shevchenko Str. – will host the presentation of the geoportal pilot version. The project is designed to monitor and analyze drought risks, dry processes in Kazakhstan using data from spaceborne remote sensing and geographic information systems. The primary goal of the geoportal is to provide the Kazakhstani users concerned with user-friendly information about droughts, the information will be mostly demanded by farmers, decision makers, and professionals involved in the agriculture services.

Resolving conflict through mediation

The use of mediation as a method of dispute resolution has a long history in Kazakhstan stretching back to the days when the Kazakhs were a nomadic people. UNDP has been working with the Government of Kazakhstan to help revive mediation as a means of solving problems and provide a viable alternative to going to court. In years gone by, the nomadic Kazakh tribes followed the concept of adat, the set of local and traditional laws and customs recognised by the clans. A respected member of the community, often the clan leader, acted as a mediator between conflicting parties. This mediator was known as a biy and their authority was derived from knowledge of the adat system. The biy called upon this knowledge to settle disagreements in a fair manner.

Reducing the risk of disaster

Disaster preparedness is a real concern in Kazakhstan, where there is a strong risk of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, striking at any time. A significant proportion of the territory of Kazakhstan, approximately 30 per cent, is located in zones of high seismic activity. As a result, disaster risk reduction has been at the forefront of UNDP’s work in the country over the past ten years. UNDP, in partnership with the Government of Kazakhstan and DIPECHO, the European Commission's disaster preparedness programme, has taken risk preparation to the next level.

A time to sow and a time to reap

With ideal conditions for growing crops such as wheat, rice and barley, agriculture plays a key role in Kazakhstan’s economy. For the sector to thrive, close attention needs to be paid to the challenges posed by the growing threat of climate change. Kazakhstan is particularly vulnerable to changing climatic conditions. According to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy, the country faces temperature rates rising twice as high as the rest of the world due to its arid conditions and landlocked status.

Seeing beyond disability

Empowering people with disabilities to live a full life in Kazakhstan is challenging and there are still many hurdles that need to be overcome. However, recent innovations in this area have led to more favourable conditions for the protection of the rights of the disabled.

Getting to grips with hazardous waste

Kazakhstan is facing the growing problem of how to safely dispose of its e-waste, that ever-increasing mountain of electronic products that have reached the end of their useful life. Twinned with this problem is the question of what to do with hazardous substances such as mercury, found in bulbs and batteries. To tackle these pressing problems, UNDP joined forces with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy and other partners to create a network of disposal points for e-waste and dangerous materials in the capital Astana and other cities.

Ancient craft revives rural area in Kazakhstan

“No one in our family, and even in our network of friends had anything to do with felt,” says Tatyana Chuchupalova, smoothing the bright felt berets, scarves and bags laid out on a large table. “Ten years ago, my aunt attended a master class on felting by a mere chance. She showed me what she’d been taught and I fell in love with the craft at first sight. It appeared very special compared to the more common handicrafts such as knitting or sewing.”

Almaty to host «Cycling and walking. My path. Future of my city» international conference
Almaty to host «Cycling and walking. My path. Future of my city» international conference

In a contemporary world both mobility and environmental wellbeing are not only important indicators of the quality of life, but are also undeniable components of a strong urban economy. In their competition for the mobility megalopolises are struggling to attract public attention to non-motorized transport....

Warming up to success: schools embrace smart energy
Warming up to success: schools embrace smart energy

Kazakhstan’s classrooms are in the frontline of the battle against global warming, with green technology helping to make schools more energy efficient while at the same time giving the pupils a memorable lesson in sustainability. "The first thing that springs to mind when you think about schools is learning and grades. But these are impossible without proper basic conditions like warmth and good light,” says Tatyana Nemtsan, head teacher of Vyacheslavskaya School, in Arnasay, Akmola Region. Tatyana’s school provides these basic needs via an array of innovative new technologies, making it a role model for energy efficiency in Kazakhstan. Solar panels, installed by UNDP, connect the school to warm water and help it save up to 50 per cent on its electricity bills.

Preserving biological diversity

Kazakhstan is ramping up efforts to conserve its biological diversity by creating protected zones for the flora and fauna found across its vast landmass. As the human race encroaches ever more on nature, the need for controlled, safe areas for wildlife becomes increasingly important. Working together with the Government of Kazakhstan, UNDP has been instrumental in helping establish a key reserve in the centre of the country to protect the critically-endangered saiga antelope.

Kazakhstan promotes ODA cooperation with Afghanistan

19 August, 2016 Astana – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, the United Nations Development Programme, the Government of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency have launched a pilot project of Kazakhstan’s ODA aimed at expanding economic independence and rights of Afghan women and entitled “Promoting Kazakhstan’s ODA Cooperation with Afghanistan”. The project will mark Kazakhstan’s first international cooperation for Afghanistan in the framework of national system of Official Development Assistance (ODA), while it helps Kazakhstan to strengthen its ability to administer its future ODA. The project is financed by the Government of Japan through the UNDP-Japan Partnership Fund.

Made in Kazakhstan

Economic diversification has been a key area of interest for Kazakhstan as it attempts to shift the economy away from an over-reliance on the oil and gas sector towards other spheres that can ensure sustainable, long-term growth for the country. The 100 Concrete Steps reform programme, unveiled by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in May 2015, calls for support for “national champions” – the leaders of small and medium-sized businesses in non-resource-based sectors of the economy. A glowing example of such a champion is Samgau Nassypkhan, a young entrepreneur from East Kazakhstan Region who set up his own shoemaking business that is going from strength to strength.

“I’m Not Afraid to Tell”: How Kazakh women are breaking the silence on gender-based violence

Over the past few months, I’ve witnessed as women in Kazakhstan break their silence on sexual violence. A campaign titled #ЯнеБоюсьСказать (I’m not afraid to tell) и НеМолчи (Don’t keep Quiet) has led to many women sharing their stories. One of them is Dina Tansari (pictured), a well-known TV producer. “…I was unconscious. They left me in front of my flat, rang the bell, and ran away. In the morning I couldn’t remember anything, except for my mum’s screams when she found me…,” she wrote on her Facebook wall.