Launch of the Regional SDG Platform
Launch of the Regional SDG Platform for Central Asia
On November 22, the official launch of the Regional Knowledge Exchange Platform on the Sustainable Development Goals for Central Asian countries in a hybrid format took place at the UN Office in Almaty. The Secretariat for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Economic Research Institute JSC (ERI) participated in the event.
The launch was attended by representatives of Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan), non-governmental organizations, civil society and other stakeholders.
Photo (from left to right): Nurgul Zhannazarova, Director of the Department of Social Policy and Development of State Agencies, MNE RK; EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan - Kęstutis Jankauskas; Vitaly Vremis - UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan; moderator of the press briefing
Vice-Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan Alibek Kuantyrov opened the event with a welcoming speech. He noted the importance and timeliness of the SDG Platform as an effective platform for the exchange of knowledge at the interregional level on the principles of partnership.
EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kęstutis Jankauskas also stressed the importance of creating such an open and partner environment for representatives of government agencies, NGOs, and the civil sector in order to jointly achieve the 2030 Agenda. He also emphasized that each country should have specific plans for financing the SDGs, with a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating their progress.
Photo: EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kęstutis Jankauskas
UNDP Regional Hub Program Officer for Green Economy and Employment, Mikhail Pelyakh, presented the project components, including examples from Central Asia.
"We believe that the SDG Platform for Central Asia will promote mutual dialogue between all stakeholders and strengthen regional cooperation by facilitating the exchange of experience and knowledge to develop sustainable solutions and achieve the SDGs", said Vitaly Vremis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan.
Photo: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan Vitaly Vremish
Draft SDG Regional Platform for Central Asia includes the following areas:
During the event, each country presented reports on achieving the 2030 Agenda and integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into national plans.
Bakytgul Khambar, Director of the Sustainable Development Goals Secretariat at Economic Research Institute, presented Kazakhstan's progress in implementing the SDGs. In her presentation, she voiced Kazakhstan's experience in achieving the 2030 Agenda, which can be shared with other countries. The speaker's speech also noted expectations from the launch of the SDG Platform.
Photo: Bakytgul Khambar, Director of the SDC Secretariat of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Representatives of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan also made presentations on the countries' approaches to achieving national SDG priorities, challenges, successes, and expectations in implementing the SDGs.
To further facilitate knowledge sharing, a Roundtable was organized during the event to discuss the most pressing issues and challenges in the project, as well as those that countries may encounter during project
implementation. The following project components were discussed more fully and in detail:
- Macrosystem modeling and scenario analysis
- A comprehensive national funding mechanism
- Evidence-based policy development
- Using innovative practices to visualize progress on the SDGs.
In July 2021, UNDP Kazakhstan and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan signed an agreement to launch a project to create a Regional Knowledge Exchange Platform on the SDGs for Central Asia.