How the UN is supporting The Sustainable Development Goals in Kazakhstan

In September 2015, world leaders from 193 nations, including President Nazarbayev, gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York to adopt the new United Nations post-2015 global development agenda. It introduced the global SDGs for 2016-2030 that consists of 17 Goals and 169 Targets. SDGs aim to end extreme poverty, promote equity and opportunity for all, and protect the planet, in close partnership among the nations. The UNCT in Kazakhstan works closely with State, civil society and private sector partners on adapting SDGs to the national context, promoting and implementing the SDG agenda in Kazakhstan.

In November 2016, a Mainstreaming Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) mission of UN experts took place, the first such mission in the region, which also resulted in the adoption of the Parliamentary Statement on SDGs by Kazakhstan’s Senate.

In August 2018, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, building on the UN’s advice, issued a Resolution announcing the establishment of a nationally-led and owned SDG coordination architecture. This includes a Coordination Council on SDGs under the chairpersonship of the Deputy Prime Minister. Under the Coordination Council, five inter-sectoral working groups will be formed around the five groups of SDGs (clustered around Goals related to People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership) chaired by the relevant State Ministers.