UNDP thanks partners at Kazakh Waltz Ball, celebrating 70th anniversary of the UN

Dec 10, 2015

Astana 9 December, 2015 – A Ball of Kazakh Waltz will take place at Saltanat Sarayi reception house (Kabanbay batyr Ave., 8), on 11 December at 7 P.M., co-organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly with the Alliance of Volunteers of Kazakhstan and in partnership with EXPO 2017 “Future Energy”.

For UNDP the Ball will present a unique opportunity to extend words of appreciation to its partners and recognise their many contributions to the work that the United Nations Development Programme conducts jointly with them.

“UNDP opened its office in Kazakhstan in 1993. Over these now almost 23 years we have been privileged to work alongside the Government of Kazakhstan on practically every development need of the country. Kazakhstan has done very well completing the Millennium Development Goals. I hope that the country will also actively promote the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals, most of which are focused on transitioning to renewable energy and to green economy. UNDP is rightly considered to be one of the veteran organisations championing green economy. Its wealth of experience and a wide network of expertise makes UNDP the ‘go-to’ Programme when it comes to introducing energy-efficient practices; sharing innovations, bringing in novel ideas and many more things. There are, indeed, a lot of cross-overs between the core values of UNDP and EXPO 2017 with its “Future Energy” theme.  We aim to make this cooperation ever stronger through many other joint events,” UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator Norimasa Shimomura said.

«Kazakhstan has made a lot of progress since it gained independence. However, during the global economic recession we must not lose development gains. This can be done through greater empowerment of people, especially women living in rural areas. Our strategic vision has always centered on this goal and we will continue working to make sure people are in a position to sustain themselves and their families. Items made by such empowered women will make excellent gifts for our partners at this event,” UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Munkhtuya Altangerel said.

The event is also an opportunity for UNDP to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The UN was created on 24 October, 1945 by 51 countries. There are now 193 member-nations in the organization. The UN’s main objectives are to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Kazakhstan became a member of the UN on 2 March 1992. The Country Office’s activities include a wide array of issues such as sustainable development and protection of environment; protection of refugees; disaster risk reduction, promotion of human rights and gender equality, economic and social development and healthcare.


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