Programme Board of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Approved Results of the Initiative’s Work in 2013

Sep 26, 2013

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – On September 26 in conference-hall of the Ministry of Economy the third enlarged meeting of the Programme Board of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) with participation of PEI Global and Regional teams from Nairobi, Geneva and Bratislava was held.  Participants of the meeting several documents on strategic planning with focus on issues of poverty and environment. Moreover new members joined the board, which now includes not only representatives of the key ministries and agencies, but also NGOs and private sector.

The agenda included the issues on the progress of the sustainable development promotion in the Kyrgyz Republic.

“We are actively working on the National Strategy on Sustainable Development (NSSD), the Decree on its approval has been signed. Currently the Document[1] is being discussed by the Parliament parties and it has received some positive comments. I hope jointly with the Parliament we’ll enhance this Document and future plans. Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the strategy during the 68-th gathering of the UN General Assembly. We continue our activities on issues of poverty-environment nexus, but we we need to do more to synchronize our actions” said Temir Sariev, Minister of Economy, Chairman of the PEI Programme Board in Kyrgyzstan mentioned in his welcoming speech.

Participants of the meeting learned about the latest documents developed by the PEI expert group in 2013: Methodical recommendations on inventory of strategic and programme documents, Methodological recommendations on strategic planning and budgeting, draft law on the Kyrgyz Republic System of Strategic Planning, and the matrix of monitoring and assessment indicators of the progress towards transition of the Kyrgyz Republic to sustainable development. Moreover, the expert group presented some educational initiatives like the launch of the database of public servants that need training in strategic planning.

Isabell Kempf, co-Director PEI thanked all participants of the Programme Board meeting and noted that Kyrgyzstan is one of the 23 countries, where the PEI is being implemented. She encouraged the government to continue their support to the initiative in the second phase of the programme as well. She highlighted the importance of establishing tight links between national and local level planning and Kyrgyzstan’s success in promoting cooperation between various government institutions. “I would like to note that Kyrgyzstan is the priority country for PEI” said Ms. Kempf.

According to the Head of the Expert Group, Advisor to Minster of Economy Lubov Ten, all developed methodologies are for practical use and can serve as a road map for step by step actions. All developed outputs will be given to the Ministry of Economy for further coordination, approval and use according to the rules of procedure of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

During the meeting participants provided their recommendations, comments to the action plan of the expert group, presented documents and further activities.

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.

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