The Sustainable Development Goals in Kazakhstan
The UN system in Kazakhstan stands firmly in support of the country’s aspiration to join the ranks of the 30 most developed countries of the world by achieving the OECD standards. We remain convinced that the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs are an excellent instrument that can help Kazakhstan to effectively achieve its development aspirations as articulated in Strategy 2050 and the subsequent reform agenda.
02 June 2023
"Reuse. Recycle. Reduce": UN and Halyk join forces to protect the environment
Today Almaty hosted the sustainable fashion and art event "Reuse. Recycle. Reduce" on the eve of World Environment Day. The event was organized by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan, attracting a wide audience and inspiring participants to join the global fight against plastic pollution. During the event, which took place at the Halyk square, guests enjoyed unique exhibition of art installations by Moldakul Narymbetov and Said Atabekov created from recycled materials. These works of art have vividly demonstrated the various problems associated with the use of plastic and its impact on the environment. One of the highlights of the event was the show of a collection of clothes created by young designers on the principle of upcycling. These creative outfits embodied the idea of reusing and recycling materials, illustrating the potential of sustainable fashion to help save the environment. Addressing the guests of the event, UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan Michaela Friberg-Storey noted: “We are convinced that art and fashion have great potential to create change and raise awareness. The art installation exhibition and fashion shows allowed us to see how creativity and innovation can lead to the sustainable use of resources and the reduction of waste. The scourge of plastic pollution is a visible threat that affects every community around the world. We invite all sectors, from governments and businesses to civil society, to come together to find and support solutions. Together we can achieve positive change and create a sustainable and green future for us and for future generations.” The importance of personal responsibility and joint efforts to preserve the environment was emphasized by Umut Shayakhmetova, Chair of the Board of the Halyk Bank: “Halyk conducts its business, not only focusing on high financial performance, but also strives to be a socially and environmentally responsible Bank. We have become the first Kazakh bank to publish an ESG report in accordance with international GRI standards and join the UN Global Compact. We were the first to provide financing under the Green Lending Agreement. Feeling proud of the successes already achieved, we continue to work in this direction and call on our clients, colleagues and partners to join forces to build a more environmentally friendly and conscious society. We are inspired by the confidence in the correctness of the chosen goals and the desire to achieve the best results. Today, we are pleased to welcome all the guests of the event and talented designers who bring a fresh look to the topic of sustainability and reuse.” Another important element was the performances of young Kazakh artists (Adel Bilyalova, Aruzhan Zhumabek, Daria Nurtaza, Zainap Balagudinova, Medina Bazargali), who performed for the first time as a Jip-Jinamé club. “World Environment Day 2023 is an opportunity to once again call on governments, the private sector and industry to invest more and implement solutions to stop plastic pollution. Plastic pollution poses a serious threat to the health of both humanity and the planet. It contributes to a triple planetary crisis - climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and waste. The theme of this World Environment Day will show possible ways to stop plastic pollution and move towards a circular economic model,” concluded Aidai Kurmanova, Head of UNEP in Central Asia. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of World Environment Day by the UN General Assembly in 1972. More than 400 million tons of plastic are produced annually in the world, half of which is intended for single use. Of these, less than 10 percent is recycled. An estimated 19-23 million tons end up in lakes, rivers and seas every year. Discarded or incinerated single-use plastic harms human health and biodiversity and pollutes all ecosystems from mountain tops to the ocean floor. "Reuse. Recycle. Reduce" provided an opportunity for Kazakhstanis to be inspired and make their contribution in confronting the problem of plastic pollution. The event reaffirmed the importance of the #BeatPlasticPollution international call and highlighted the need to make sustainable and responsible decisions in everyone's daily lives.
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23 February 2023
Mural symbolizing fight against gender-based violence opened in the capital's Triathlon Park
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which also marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. From November 25 to December 10, various campaigns are taking place around the world calling for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. To honour the start of the campaign, 'Cyber Nomad' mural was opened in Astana's Triathlon Park at 4:00 pm on the 25th of November. “This is the first portrait from a series of works based on the same concept, the creation of which was inspired by a real persona. The image of a strong woman who knows her worth, who is liberated and active - the embodiment of the historical character of a nomadic woman', says Kazakhstani artist Charli Sword, the author of the 'Cyber Nomad' mural sketch. She attempted to represent the issue of gender-based and domestic violence as a liberation and conscious opposition to the violence of the survivor herself. The mural was presented by the organisers of the event - representatives of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Canadian Embassy in Kazakhstan. The purpose of this campaign was to raise awareness about the issues of gender-based and domestic violence: according to statistics, last year 157,884 crimes were registered in Kazakhstan, of which 61,464 were reported as domestic violence. According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, more than 100,000 cases of domestic violence have been registered in nine months of 2022, but in 60% of cases the police were unable to press charges as the survivors refused to file a complaint.
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01 April 2023
UN Kazakhstan Annual Report 2022
The report takes stock of the progress made in 2022 by the United Nations (UN), together with its many partners, in supporting Kazakhstan to achieve its national priorities and the goals set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development operationalised in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2021-2025 (UNSDCF). It further discusses key development trends, emerging issues and their implications for national SDG priorities and provides an overview of what our priorities and ambitions are for 2023. As the UN entered into the second year of implementation of the Framework, it recorded deepened joint advocacy, increased alignment with national priorities, and strengthened human rights-based approach and evidence-based policy advice. We supported important policy changes, like the development of the Social Code, Youth Policy Concept 2023-2027, and the Law on Counter-Trafficking in Persons. The UN has also engaged in a series of platforms dedicated to SDGs and regional cooperation like the SDG Summit in Almaty, the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, and organised visits of the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly to Kazakhstan.
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