Huge Role Of NGO In Addressing Global Challenges
Astana hosted today the VII Civil Forum of Kazakhstan a unique platform created for dialogue and consolidating efforts between the government and members of public organizations. The meeting of delegates was held at the National Museum in the framework of celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Participating in the forum were the regional and national NGOs, MPs, representatives of central and local executive bodies, international organizations, experts and media.
At the plenary session on The State and Prospects of Civil Society Development the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Imangali Tasmagambetov stressed the important constructive role played by non-governmental organizations in the socio-economic and public life of the country.
Since gaining independence, non-governmental organizations were at the origins of such global challenges as the closure of Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, revival of the Small Aral Sea, protection of motherhood and childhood. They all found support and were always in sight of the Head of State. It is hard today to imagine the scope, which would remain without attention of the civil initiative, Imangali Tasmagambetov said.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, over 18,000 social agencies are registered in Kazakhstan; over 8,000 NGOs are actively operating. About 30,000 people are employed in the civil sector, which is mainly focused on the youth policy and childrens initiatives, support for socially vulnerable groups, education and science, sport and physical education, healthy lifestyle promotion and protection of the rights, legal interests of citizens and organizations.
As part of the forum there were exhibited the NGOs achievements, where delegates were informed on the contribution of NGOs in developing independent Kazakhstan, and meetings with the leadership of ministries and departments. Today also has seen a solemn awarding of Tanym republican contests winners.
Prior to the Forum, regional NGO forums were held in regional centers, Astana and Almaty cities, which resulted in determining the ways to address the issues the region face, making recommendations of the national scale, and electing the delegates.
In addition, there was held 25 NGO initiatives for the 25th anniversary of Independence! a republican campaign. Each regional forum announced an initiative to be collectively worked out by the NGOs. In addition to 16 regional initiatives, 9 republican initiatives to address social issues have been announced. 25 NGO initiatives for the 25th anniversary of Independence! republican campaign will thus be launched.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan