September 21, Astana – the Annual Social Good Summit was held in Astana. The Social Good Summit – is a global event held annually by the UN Development Program and it unites global leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Traditionally it starts in New York during the annual UN General Assembly, the forum is practically held in all the countries where the UN Development Program is present – that is more than 170 countries and territories. This Forum has become a traditional event for Kazakhstan as well. It is held here for the sixth time already and gathers representatives of private, public, and non-governmental sectors, also entrepreneurs and scientists with breakthrough ideas that change our world. The Social Good Summit 2018 was organized by the UN Development Program in partnership with the Foundation of the First President, the First International Central Asia Model UN and UN Volunteers Program.
The topic of this year Forum – “#2030NOW: Partnership for development”. Within the common topic the Forum participants presented high-technology solutions to improve people’s lives. The Forum participants included representatives of the Nazarbayev University Research and Innovations System, The city center for monitoring and prompt response, the Cardiological center of North Kazakhstan Region Akimat, the National Centre for children’s rehabilitation of the Corporate Fund “University Medical Center”, “Kazpochta” JSC, “NEP” IT company, UN Volunteers Program, and the National Volunteers Network, also young scientists, innovators, and the people who care about finding solution on serious social, medical, and environmental issues. The Forum speakers were telling about their activities and shared personal stories to incentivize the audience towards positive changes. The audience have learnt about the modern laboratories of the Nazarbayev University with an open access, the geoportal of the satellite droughts monitoring launched by the UN Development Program, modern applets which help diagnose cancers on early stages, also the volunteering through Internet.
“In recent years the Social Good Summit is held within promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. Three years ago, the UN General Assembly officially accepted 17 new goals. These goals cover a whole range of issues – from gender equality promotion to climate change combating, but most importantly, the goals are directed to decent living standards for every human. However, it is very challenging for a single organization or a group of people to reach all the goals. Here there are needed joint efforts. Therefore, the main topic of the Forum is the “Development for Partnership”. Our platform gathered representatives of the international organizations, private and public sector, NGO and academia. The point is that here came people who are care about the development and technological progress. We witness how the new technologies do not only change million people’s lives but have great a impact on development processes. Is it good or bad? This depends on us”, - said the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP in Kazakhstan, Vitalie Vremis.
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