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Tuesday, February 25th, 2020



Kazakhstan wrapped up 2019 by producing its first voluntary national review on the sustainable development goals to start the new year with fresh objectives, including updating a final national list of SDG indicators, amending the current state planning system, as well as localizing the SDGs in the regions, correspondent reports.

The country is on track to build a national SDG platform in close partnership with the UNDP and the Asian Development Bank.

In a space of one year, the country produced its first voluntary national review involving the public and presenting it in New York, organized 17 events in the regions to facilitate local SDG platforms, held the SDG Summit in Almaty, conducted an inventory of the SDGs and national indicators, Yakup Beris, UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan, said.

Some 300 indicators are ready to be integrated in the national and sub-national planning, he said.

The UNDP is due to offer its expertise on SDG finance, metrics, local-level engagement in 2020.

Nationalization and funding are seminal to the achievement of the SDGs, according to Yakup Beris.

For the successful implementation of the Agenda 2030 it is crucial that all nationalized target indicators are brought into strategies and plans, he said.

Budgetary funding needs to be in place for the SDG objectives, too, he added.

The UNDP and ADB are expected to carry on the last year’s Development Finance Assessment (DFA) into the new year, looking into the trends in quantitative and qualitative development finance in Kazakhstan, covering public, private, national and international resource flows.

In turn, Giovanni Capannelli, ADB Country Director in Kazakhstan, pointed out the role Kazakhstan plays in SDG regionalization.

The first regional Almaty SDGs summit featured three key issues, including water, energy and climate change, with a focus on another sustainable development goal – partnership.

For Kazakhstan the realization of partnership coupled to the results achieved by other regional countries to create positive changes in the region is important, he said.

SDG implementation in the regions

Last year saw the Economic Research Institute’s UNDP-supported project Partnerships for a SDGs national platform resulting in the recommendations on SGDs mainstreaming in the Kazakh regions.

The project involved Mission 2030 seminars in a format of business game in all the regions. The highest priority SDGs were identified for each region, allowing for a holistic view of sustainable development.

Such seminars rallied 750 people, of whom 33.5% were men and 66.5% women of different ages.

Out of overall 17 sustainable development goals 7 SDGs appeared to be of priority, some include health, education, employment, urban and human settlements development.

The discussions on the sustainable development goals in Kazakhstan took place in the capital city of Kazakh, Nur-Sultan, on 14 January 2020, with the Economic Research Institute and the Ministry of National Economy as organizers.

The event has centered on the outcomes of the work done in 2019, as well as steps for 2020 to localize the SDGs in Kazakhstan, including a national list of SDG indicators.

The event gathered the representatives of the five working groups (People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace), international and non-governmental organisations, as well as the expert community, with the latters putting forward their proposals and outlooks on SDG localization in Kazakhstan.

The discussions provided an opportunity to kick-start First Deputy Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov-led session of the SDGs Coordinating Council, to take place this Thursday.

Source: Kazakhtan 2050