Further implementation of the Poverty-Environment Initiative will focus on gender equality and human rights

25 Sep 2013

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan  A workshop on planning activities for the period of 2014-2017 as part of The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative. In the upcoming years, the initiative activities will focus on gender and human rights aspects. The experts and other workshop participants had jointly discussed the issues related to promotion of this Initiative in Kyrgyzstan and interaction between the expert and inter-ministerial task forces. The two-day workshop was attended by the members of inter-ministerial task forces comprised of key ministries and employees, heads of village administrations of pilot villages, NGOs, representatives of UN agencies, as well as global and regional Poverty-Environment Initiative team from Nairobi, Bratislava and Geneva.

While opening the workshop Ms. Topchugul Shaidullayeva, expert on gender issues of President’s Administration noted: “ Nowdays when Kyrgyzstan is on it’s path to sustainable development it is important to consider the gender aspects and human rights. It is gratifying to emphasize that during the development of documents and process of activity planning UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative is taken these aspects with highest priority”.

During the meeting, UNDP presented results of the Initiative’s  two-year work and gender aspects of poverty and environment in Kyrgyzstan and human rights based approach in order to plan  for the period of 2014-2017.

Isabell Kempf, co-director of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative expressed her gratitude to all participants  for their active work and noted that “Kyrgyzstan is one of the 23 countries where PEI Initiative is implemented. I would like to emphasize that Kyrgyzstan remains for PEI a priority country. And our future activities during 2014-2017 need to focus on issues of poverty and justice through gender sensitive and human rights based approach. We also need more systematic participation of interested stakeholders”.

As a result the workshop participants developed recommendations on mainstreaming activity at the national and local levels, reviewed the best practices of integrating the poverty and environment issues into the strategic development plans the country, and lessons learned, that will be incorporated during the planning process of the Phase II of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative.

UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative is implemented by the Kyrgyz Republic Government with UNDP and UNEP’s assistance and foresees the rendering of financial and technical support with the aim of integration of ecological priorities and issues of poverty reduction into national, sectoral and local development plans.  The administration of first vice prime-minister of the KR, Ministry of Economy, State Agency on local self-governance and inter-ethnic relations and State Agency on environment protection and forestry are the key executive partners of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative in Kyrgyzstan.

Five local self-governments of Naryn oblast and Suusamyr local-self-government, where population mostly engaged with cattle breeding, were selected as pilot territories for the initiative. Strategic development plans for above mentioned pilots will serve as baseline for integration of ecological priorities and issues of poverty reduction.

Additional information:

PEI is a UNDP/UNEP joint initiative to strengthen capacities for integration of environment and poverty linkages into national and sub-national planning and budgeting process through the provision of financial and technical support.

Regional Poverty and Environment Initiative was launched in 2008 in Bratislava, which was attended by high-level delegation from Kyrgyzstan who told about the country capacities and arguments for inclusion of the Kyrgyzstan as a pilot country. As a result of the selection process a decision was made on initiating of full-fledged programs in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In the end of 2010 Bishkek hosted a meeting of stakeholders, which approved the initiative and provided specific recommendations for finalization of a detailed work plan.

For more information on PEI visit the following site: http://www.unpei.org