United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Kazakhstan held their annual Strategic Advisory Council. This Council is an exemplary strategic partnership platform between Kazakhstan and UNDP that shows the high-level commitment and willingness to move forward Kazakhstan’s development agenda.
UNDP offers a global network of expertise to support such a scaled-up relationship. UNDP is building its next generation work across the globe through its presence in 170 countries and territories. At the essence of this renewal is the ability to mobilize global and regional policy networks and expertise that are deployable at country level in a speedy manner. Building on this global and regional policy networks, at the same time, UNDP implements very practical projects at the national and local level.
“We involve local expertise and blend it with the best international expertise. We have data from the pilots in the regions, from the analytical research that we conduct, from the dialogues that we have with academia, civil society, and policy-makers. We have a good track record in Kazakhstan to support key reforms with concrete initiatives - at policy level as well as through local pilots. In doing so, UNDP projects always developed to support national priorities. This is our best asset, positioning us in all countries as trusted, transparent, and impartial partner, with strong policy expertise and offering value-for-money”, - says Mr. Yakup Beris, Resident Representative of UNDP in Kazakhstan.
During the Council parties discussed current and future cooperation in such areas as reintroduction of Turan Tiger, environmental education, disasters risk reduction, agriculture competitiveness, improving local self-governance, civil society monitoring for anti-corruption and nationalization of SDGs in Kazakhstan.
The Vice-Minister of National Economy Madi Taliyev stressed the importance of the proposals by the participants of the meeting to intensify joint work in all areas of mutual cooperation and expressed gratitude to UNDP for its support through the transfer of knowledge and innovation.
Over 25 years of work, UNDP has implemented more than 150 projects in Kazakhstan worth more than $ 150 million in partnership with the Government, NGOs, the business sector, other UN agencies and development partners.