Kyrgyz Parliament hosted parliamentary hearings to discuss partnership and UN’s contribution to sustainable development of the country

26 May 2014

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – The Kyrgyz Republic Parliament (Jogorku Kenesh) hosted today the II Parliamentary Hearings titled ‘The United Nations and Kyrgyz Republic: Partnership for Sustainable Development.’

The International Relations Committee of the Jogorku Kenesh has organized II Parliamentary hearings in collaboration with the UN system in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Vice Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Asiya Sasykbaeva, Chair of the International Relations Committee of the Jogorku Kenesh Kanybek Imanaliev, members of the Jogorku Kenesh, UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanessov, heads of the UN agencies as well as representatives of the UN and media participated in the discussion.

During the II Parliamentary hearings the UN representatives have presented key dimensions of the UN activities as outlined in the UN Development Assistance Framework for 2012-2016 (UNDAF) and discussed with the Members of the Parliament those issues that required attention and support from the Jogorku Kenesh.

Members of the Jogorku Kenesh have highly valued the UN support to key areas of the country’s sustainable development including expertise and analytical support for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Kyrgyzstan, particularly in healthcare, education, social protection, agriculture, disaster risk mitigation, food security, environment protection, nutrition and others.

“I would like to emphasize the effectiveness of our work with the UN agencies. Your work is invaluable. You have presented your current activities and outlined the strategic directions of your plans. Taking into consideration your expertise and analytical potential that you have presented today, we request you to support the organization of similar discussion in the Jogorku Kenesh,” remarked Vice Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Asiya Sasykbaeva.

Participants of the II Parliamentary hearings recommended prioritising capacity building of state institutions and local administrations, all in the framework of the Year of Statehood Strengthening as declared by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Members of the Jogorku Kenesh underlined the importance of addressing disparities in development of regions and poverty reduction by the UN programmes and projects. Parliamentary discussions have particularly focused on reduction of women and children poverty, improvement of nutrition, particularly for the most vulnerable groups through addressing social and economic gaps. Special attention was also given to discuss the advancement of the national human rights and gender equality legislation, strengthening of the Ombudsman Institute as well as to further coordination with the national institutions to fight against HIV/AIDS and TB.

The UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanessov emphasized the importance of the Parliamentary hearings, which have become a tradition.

“Parliamentary hearings in the Jogorku Kenesh demonstrate our mutual transparency and commitment for a dialogue for sustainable development and effective results of our joint effort,” remarked Alexander Avanessov.

Kanybek Imanaliev suggested focusing further parliamentary discussions ‘on regions to ensure the engagement of local administrations, communities and general public in our joint effort’ and welcomed a wider participation of other Jogorku Kenesh committees in future hearings.