UNDP hosts Consultations with Government on 2016-2020 Country Programme DocumentFeb 20, 2015
A consultative seminar on discussion of UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2016-2020 has taken place in Astana. Management and staff of UNDP in Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Justice, Emergency Committee of Interior Affairs Ministry, National Commission for Women Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy, the Supreme Court, Ministry of National Economy and Regional Hub for Civil Service in Astana participated in the meeting.
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Munkhtuya Altangerel made a presentation of the draft of the 2016-2020 CPD. The priority areas in the Programme include effective governance and public service delivery at national and subnational levels; sustainable growth through income diversification, natural resources management, and resilient communities; reducing inequalities, with targeted support for less developed regions and vulnerable groups such as women, youth, and people with disabilities, and supporting regional and international cooperation.
“UNDP’s contribution to achieving these targets will be comprehensive. For example, we plan to help streamline business-processes and strengthen human rights awareness as well as ease access to such justice mechanisms as mediation. We also plan to continue with our efforts in income diversification and building resilient communities. A project in so-called “sustainable” cities will help us with that, as we are set to select ten pilot settlements. In the work on reducing inequalities our plans are to improve business and employment models in the non-oil industries. Targeted employment and support for youth, women and people with disabilities remains at the centre of our attention. In the area of regional and international cooperation we find support for KazAID – official development assistance, and the Regional Hub for Civil Service in Astana to be very important. We see this Hub progressing to a status of an influential player in knowledge and practice development on public administration reform,” said Munkhtuya Altangerel.
Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department at Energy Ministry Aliya Shalabekova noted that the criteria of selecting settlements for the sustainable cities should include ‘replication’ principles so that the end result could be re-produced across the country.
“The Country Programme Document provides UNDP’s 5-year framework by which it will contribute to national development priorities and results,” Robert Bernardo, policy specialist in Capacity Development and Institutional Strengthening at Istanbul Regional Hub says. “Government consultation and participation in the CPD formulation process is very important as it provides opportunities for strengthening national ownership of the UNDP country programme, and allows direct engagement in identifying concrete areas of work – including potential resource contributions - between UNDP and national partners,” R. Bernardo added.
According to Robert Bernardo, many countries in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region have moved up to middle-income category. And this is very evident in Kazakhstan, where now there will be a UN partnership framework and not the UN development assistance framework. “For example,” R. Bernardo says, “in governance it’s not so much about how to introduce new systems, but how to improve the delivery of public services.” However, he says that there are issues that need addressing. One of them is urbanization because cities are growing, and this entails complex situations that require new expertise. Another problem that R. Bernardo said was being identified in a number of countries was internal and external migration and said that in the new CPD these issues would have to be tackled.
Director of Department for Multilateral Cooperation at Foreign Affairs Ministry Yerbolat Sembayev reminded that the Almaty Process for Refugee Protection and International Migration had been adopted in Kazakhstan.
“There are certain work results in this area. We could give proposals how to develop the processes that are ongoing and the progress in programmes that we are already implementing. This is important to avoid duplication of work,” Yerbolat Sembayev said
The final version of the 2016-2020 UNDP Country Programme Document will be signed in September 2015