Kazakhstan to present 1st national review on implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2019
Kazakhstan is going to present the first voluntary national review on implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals next year. Read more in the material of the “Strategy2050.kz” Information Agency.
Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev presented Kazakhstan at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) held in New York and participated in a side event on strengthening of cooperation in Central Asia through the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For reference: The High-level Political Forum is a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies. The Forum’s first meeting was held on 24 September 2013. It replaced the Commission on Sustainable Development, which had met annually since 1993.
In his speech Ye. Ashikbayev made mention of Kazakhstan’s commitment to the process of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, both at the national and international levels. Also he noted the importance of relationships between security and sustainable development issues. Kazakhstan intends to come up with the first voluntary national review on implementation of 17 Goals in the field of sustainable development in 2019.
The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year 47 countries have conducted voluntary national reviews at the HLPF.
“It is important to preserve the achievements already achieved at the national level in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and, after the completion of the first cycle of national voluntary reviews, to continue their implementation through the close regional interaction among the countries of Central Asia”, Mr. Ashikbayev said.
The Deputy Foreign Minister also met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo and gave her an invitation to an international conference on the empowerment of women in Afghanistan, which will be held on September 5 this year in Astana. The interlocutors discussed topical issues on the global agenda, Kazakhstan’s work in the UN Security Council, including the efforts of the Kazakh side to resolve the situation in Afghanistan, as well as the situation in Central Asia as a whole.
A new impetus to the regional cooperation of the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan with the participation of the UN structures became the main topic of the conversation at the meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin.
Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Cihan Sultanoglu, EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Olga Algayerova, high representatives of the countries of Central Asia and Slovakia who co-organized the event took part in the side event for Central Asia.
The Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as the “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” are a set of goals for future international cooperation that have replaced the Millennium Development Goals at the end of 2015. These goals are planned to be reached from 2015 to 2030. The final document “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” contains 17 global goals and 169 related tasks.
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Source: Kazakhstan 2050