Government of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Development Programme identified opportunities for nationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)

Nov 28, 2016

25 November, 2016, Astana – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a series of policy discussions to promote the SDGs in Kazakhstan with key Government agencies and ministries, academia and civil society. The policy discussions were underpinned by the initial research undertaken by the UNDP mission to determine linkages of the SDG targets with existing Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy and medium- and short- term sectoral and regional policies and plans.  The mission utilized the UN Development Group’s approach to facilitate the implementation of the SDGs, MAPS- Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support and conducted a Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA).

The objective of the Government meeting hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was to initiate a discussion on a coordinated approach to implement the SDGs in Kazakhstan.  

“71 out of 126 SDG targets have a good level of alignment with Kazakhstan’s national priorities. Besides, horizontal interlinkages between the Government programmes reinforce the ability to address the priority tasks, especially in social and economic development. There are, however, challenges, such as the need to strengthen work in addressing climate change, gender equality and accountability of public services,” said Team Leader of the MAPS mission to Kazakhstan, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre Balazs Horvath.

Norimasa Shimomura, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative noted that the complex institutional arrangements to achieve the SDGs implies the need to focus every efforts and use all opportunities to mobilize support for implementation.

” The good news is that in Kazakhstan, a vast majority of the SDGs are already addressed through its Strategy 2050, Five Institutional Reforms and other instruments.  Nonetheless, there are goals and targets that require constant focus of the country if they are to be achieved.  I am confident that with today’s meeting and the continued commitment of the Government, this country will be able to mobilize the necessary support, resources and experiences to achieve the ambitious Goals,” said Norimasa Shimomura.

The UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Munkhtuya Altangerel drew attention to the fact that the Sustainable Development Goals are much more collaborative, unprecedented in scope and significance and that the new agenda clearly defines the accountability of Member States.

“Against these features of the SDGs, Kazakhstan will have dual objectives – Kazakhstan will have to attain the remaining development aspirations in the country on the one hand, and as an emerging donor country on the other hand, Kazakhstan is expected to help other countries achieve the SDGs by sharing its experiences,” said Munkhtuya Altangerel.

The participants of the meeting agreed to outline a roadmap which will serve as a basis for establishing a national mechanism to monitor progress in achieving the SDGs, and discussed the potential for an innovative approach to identify accelerators, mainstreaming opportunities and coordinated policy support for the implementation of the SDGs. The participants agreed that all SDGs are important to realize in Kazakhstan, both at national and sub-national levels. 

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