UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan discussed opportunities for mainstreaming poverty-environment issues into their programmes

13 Mar 2014

imageResident of Ishkavan village near Osh displays his greenhouse built with UNDP's support. Credit: Kairatbek Murzakimov / UNDP

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – On March 5th representatives of different UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan came together in a  workshop to discuss mainstreaming poverty and environment issues into UN programmes and projects implemented in the country.  The participants reviewed main principles and  tools to mainstream poverty-environment issues into planning and implementation of the programmes and projects.

The main purpose of the workshop was to identify opportunities for integration of these issues into long-term UN documents (the UN Framework UN Assistance Framework (UNDAF), UNDP Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP)) as well as into in annual work plans of projects.

During the discussion representatives of UN Women, UNDP, UNIDO, FAO, UNFPA, WHO, UN OCHA in the Kyrgyz Republic learned about ways to reflect issues of poverty and environment in the planning processes with a focus on climate change.  Mr. Juan Palerm, International Consultant of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative in Kyrgyzstan, presented methodologies, local and international experience in this field.

 “Poverty and Environment Initiative, a global joint initiative of UNDP and UNEP, is recognized by independent evaluations, as well as participating donors, as “…one of the best used examples of how UN agencies can work positively in partnership”.  It effectively draws on the strengths of each organization to support country and regional programmes”, - said in his opening remark Mr. Ram Saravanamuttu, WFP Country Director, UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic a.i.

Participants also had the opportunity to share their experiences on current activities, which already address these issues.

Nurgul Baiburaeva, representative of UN Women, noted that their agency has launched a campaign to promote women's economic opportunities and further joint partnership with PEI in terms of joining of efforts and resources on the ground will help improve the capacity of rural women.

Cholpon Alibakeeva , FAO environmental expert, highlighted that cooperation of various agencies as part of poverty and environment issues can help in mobilizing resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF - 6 ), which encourages such partnership, and this workshop is a great opportunity to coordinate this work.

Participants provided a number of recommendations on mainstreaming poverty and environment under the UNDAF mid-term review, creating an e-platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience, reviewing these issues in the framework of Post-2015 consultation process. Moreover, participants highlighted the importance of engaging private companies to solve social, economic and environmental issues, as well as the use of innovative technologies and the revival of such enterprises as the silk production.

Stamatios Christopoulos, Regional Coordinator of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative, suggested that said that the Initiative had to be used more efficiently as a platform for UN agencies.

“For the first time I’m participating in such workshop, where people's knowledge about the environment and poverty from places are being considered. We need to strengthen a Central Asian component and Kyrgyzstan has to be represented at the regional level as there is already a good experience” he said.

Additional information:

The Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) of UNDP and UNEP is a global programme that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national development and sub-national development planning, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation and monitoring.

Mainstreaming of the poverty and environment issues is aimed at achievement of sustainable changes in these areas addressed by the governments and their partners through mainstreaming of pro-poor environmental sound management in key activity of the government, national development strategies, poverty reduction, and sector-based planning and investment.

Naryn oblast and Suusamyr Ail Okmoty (rural area) where people mainly depend on livestock were selected as the pilot areas.

More information on PEI is available on the official website: http://www.unpei.org