UNDP Kazakhstan will hold event “Urban ratings of the quality of life in Kazakhstan” at the Global Challenges Summit 2018 (AEF)

May 11, 2018

May 18, 2018 Astana – UNDP in Kazakhstan in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and with financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) organizes a special session at the Global Challenges Summit (Astana Economic Forum) 2018 (AEF) called "Urban ratings of the quality of life in Kazakhstan".

The side-event is aimed at a wide range of participants interested in solving urgent problems of urban development in the modern world and promoting the Global Agenda 2030[1] in Kazakhstan and beyond. By the end of the discussions, urban authorities will be given recommendations on how to ensure the sustainability of cities in combination with improving the quality of life of urban population. In particular, the agenda will explore issues of whether it is important to limit internal migration into cities to prevent uncontrolled growth of certain cities and abrupt shrinking of others; how can one increase local budgets to resolve social problems in cities; how can one achieve the kind of town management which focuses on people and their well-being; how can people participate in the management of their micro-districts or townships; how can we help make cities more affordable, providing both quality and quantity; how can we help provide energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters and others.

The session will be held in the format of a talk show with expert panels in English and Russian with simultaneous translation to be provided. We invite the media to participate in the event, with an opportunity to take an interview of Mr. Norimasa Shimomura and others.

Venue: ASTANA EXPO-2017, Congress Center, “Vision Hall”, 18 May 2018, Astana Economic Forum, 15:30 - 16:55. For more information, please contact Dinara Abdrakhmanova, UNDP-GEF project public relations expert at +7172 696 544 or by e-mail: or to the UNDP communications associate Dina Teltaeva at +7 7172 696 544 (ext 2124)


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