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

Nov 22, 2016

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’.

The SDGs are currently being tailored to Kazakhstan’s national context with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinating the efforts of other ministries and agencies to weave in the SDGs into the national and local programmes. The existing state strategies and priorities such as Kazakhstan 2050, Five Institutional Reforms and 100 Concrete Steps are designed already in a manner that they can address many of the SDGs. These national goals pave the way for setting up appropriate mechanisms best suited for the SDGs implementation at the national level.

The Parliament of Kazakhstan plays a crucial role as an agent of change, ratifying international agreements, translating the SDGs into binding national laws that respond to country-specific development priorities, and monitoring their implementation. In representing those who elected them, and offering a platform for communication and advocacy, the Parliament can promote accountable realization of the global Sustainable Development Agenda in Kazakhstan.

The objective of the Parliamentary Meeting on SDGs was to bring the dialogue on the SDGs in Kazakhstan to a new level and to discuss strategic opportunities, partnerships, capacities and support needed to successfully localize and reach the SDGs at the national and sub-national levels.

The Head of Senate Committee on International Relations, Defence and Security Dariga Nazarbayeva reminded that the main responsibility for the implementation of the comprehensive and ambitious SDGs agenda lies with national governments.

“The achievements of our Republic and the level of setting new tasks underscore forward-looking and strategic vision of development implemented by the leadership of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan today is ready to be a leader in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and serve as an example for the countries of the region,” said Dariga Nazarbayeva.

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan Norimasa Shimomura said in his welcoming speech that achieving the SDGs is possible only if there is strong partnership among all the stakeholders.

“The meeting we had today is a new step forward toward a discussion and productive work which can help us join our efforts and provide sustainable development of the country, which promotes economic growth coupled with environmental protection and development of human potential,” said  Norimasa Shimomura.

The head of SDGs team, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre Balázs Horváth presented a report about the main points of the global Sustainable Development Agenda. He emphasized the high level of cooperation between Kazakhstan and UN agencies in implementing a series of important projects at national and regional levels.

Participants of the presentation answered the questions of senators Byrganym Aitimova, Akhan Bizhanov, Georgiy Kim and Darkhan Kaletayev.

Upon the results of the meeting the parliamentarians adopted a Statement, which underscores the need to promote a wide range of application of sustainable development principles and facilitating the integration of SDGs into the national legal framework to create favorable institutional conditions for their nationalization. The Statement also contains a shared conviction of the participants of the meeting that progress towards SDGs will help Kazakhstan to improve people’s wellbeing and fulfil its aspiration to join 30 most developed nations in the world.   

For more information and media enquiries please contact UNDP Communications Associate Dina Teltayeva: e-mail dina.teltayeva@undp.org or via tel. +77172 69 65 44 (ext.2124)

 

 

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