UNDP Hosts Side Event for Kyrgyzstan’s Development Partners

27 Sep 2013

imageHead of the Kyrgyz Foreign Affairs Minitry Erlan Abdyldaev with the UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

Kyrgyzstan’s sustainable development plans and progress on transition to democratization, peace building and rule of law need a continued support of the international community

New York — The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations held a joint event today to share views on the country’s sustainable development strategy and the progress made in the last three years on democratization, peace building and rule of law. Development partners of Kyrgyzstan attended the event.

“Kyrgyzstan has always been an island of democracy in Central Asia”, said Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator. “It becomes even more so with being the only parliamentary democracy in the region. This is a sign of maturing democracy.”

During the event, the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) for 2013-2017 was presented by the Kyrgyz Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Abdyldaev. “Kyrgyzstan is set to build a country comfortable for living for all citizens, where their rights, freedoms and security are ensured. Where they enjoy a multi-language and friendly domestic environment governed by the rule of law, quality education, healthy natural environment, public stability and robust economic growth attractive to investors,” Mr Erlan Abdyldaev highlighted.

Three years after the 2010 events, state institutions, local authorities and communities are now increasingly able to prevent and manage tensions and promote social cohesion in the country.

“As Kyrgyzstan goes through the transition period, we as development partners do not drop the ball. It is essential to continue to support the country in strengthening the democratization processes and achieving the MDGs.” said Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the United Nations Development Program’s Regional Bureau for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States.

The development partners of Kyrgyzstan have helped build the “infrastructures for peace” which include women peace committees, water user associations, provincial advisory committees, and community mobilizers. Now these groups can better collaborate with local authorities to implement reconciliation activities and respond to local-level tensions.

The UN system, through its Peacebuilding Fund, will provide additional support to Kyrgyzstan to address key national priorities identified by the country’s presidency. These priorities are: political stability, improved human rights protection, country unity and inter-ethnic reconciliation, and dynamic development of the economy.

“In the current context, it is clear we need to continue supporting Kyrgyzstan in order to help the government in this critical period to meet the needs of the people. Kyrgyzstan proved to be a reliable partner for the UN in the past. I believe that the country with the support of the UN, regional organizations, donors and other partners can be better equipped in dealing with internal challenges and cross border threats,” said Miroslav Jenca, Special Representative of the Secretary–General.

This is the third side event of this type organised by UNDP on the margins of the UNGA since 2011. The objective is to update development partners and keep tabs on important milestones of the country’s progress toward its development goals.