Sustainable Development Goals under discussion in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has made significant progress in implementing Sustainable Development Goals defined by the UN’s global program. It is aimed at reducing poverty, improving well-being of the people and transition to the green economy. According to the United Nations data, in the past 20 years, Kazakhstan has donated more than $300million to other countries. In addition, Kazakhstan, Japan and the UNDP implemented a joint initiative to assist Afghanistan to strengthen gender equality and healthcare. Also, Kazakhstan has intensified work to promote green initiatives.
Norimasa SHIMOMURA, UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR, UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN KAZAKHSTAN:
This makes particularly challenging for any country to actually implement SDGs in holistic way. So what we suggest to most countries is to start analyzing the aspirations, targets of the SDGs against existing national priorities of different countries.
According to experts, most of the strategic programs of Kazakhstan meet the goals of sustainable development. For instance, the National Plan ‘100 concrete steps’ mostly covers these purposes, and the main task now is to implement other indicators, taking into account national priorities. Kazakhstan jointly with the UNDP is modernizing its civil service system.
Yernar ZHARKESHOV, SENIOR STAFF, ASTANA REGIONAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION HUB:
As part of the mission, we promote the purpose of the sustainable development goals, which include high-quality institutions, and of course, global partnerships, where Kazakhstan is already emerging as a new donor, as a new player to promote global cooperation.
The Kazakh government and the Nazarbayev University are responsible for realization and implementation of sustainable development goals in Kazakhstan. According to experts, an integrated approach to the solution of global problems will allow Kazakhstan to improve people’s welfare and become one of the 30 most competitive economies.