UNDP in Kyrgyzstan has discussed with national partners its work results for 2015 and priorities for 2016 in the area of democratic governance

Dec 16, 2015

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Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic (December 8, 2015) - The United Nations Development Programme in Kyrgyzstan (UNDP) held the second of a series of annual coordination meetings with national and international partners to discuss major results of its “Democratic Governance” dimension for 2015 and priority directions for 2016, in line with national development priorities and UNDP’s Country Programme Document for Kyrgyzstan (2012-2017), adopted on August 9, 2011.

Such meetings improve the level of partnership coordination to ensure maximum focus of joint works on achieving practical results, efficiency and sustainability.

During the meeting, national partners have presented the key results of 7 projects, ranging from improving the electoral process, facilitating reforms in public administration to strengthening the rule of law, protection of human rights and widening access to justice. According to last year’s result, more than a million people received information about their rights through education and media channels, with the donors’ support, technical equipment worth a total of 6.3 million US dollars was purchased and delivered to national partners. Results have also included the provision of expert support to the development of legislation, policies and programs.

In his welcoming speech, Alexander Avanesov, UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan noted that,-“Kyrgyzstan is an example of democratic transformation in the region. The last parliamentary election confirm the continuing development of democracy in the country. We will further continue to provide comprehensive support for open and fair elections”. In his turn, Chairman of the State Registry Service under the Government of the KR Taiyrbek Sarpashev stated the following: “Within the framework of cooperation with the UNDP, the SRS was given 12 thousand sets of computer equipment. Moreover, its 6400 operators went through cascade trainings. With UNDP’s technical support, the parliamentary elections were successful and we were able to prevent major violations that were a regular practice before”. 

“We highly appreciate the long-term cooperation with the UNDP in the implementation of a number of Government’s initiatives. UNDP is working actively in the field of optimization of public services, and has done a lot in improving and developing electronic services. At present, standards of public services provision is developed. We are currently carrying out activities to improve the monitoring and evaluation system of public institutions”- stated the head of the Government’s Office, Nurkhanbek Momunaliev.  According to the project staff, major activity direction of public institutions currently, shall be the provision of public services to residents in remote areas, their information and trainings to the civil servants on the questions of services’ standardization. Moreover, it is necessary to launch a monitoring of compliance with the requirements of the Law of the KR “On the state and municipal services”, especially on the aspect of public services standards and their accessibility for citizens. 

Regarding the cooperation in the judiciary reform, the UNDP Rule of Law project, supported by the British Embassy in Bishkek has provided advisory support to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in creating Coordination council and special Secretariat to develop implementation plans for a package of key legislation. In words of Aigul Baiburaeva, UNDP Rule of Law program adviser, “Experts have developed preliminary draft implementation plans for a package of laws within the reform process, which clearly indicate who is responsible for what, what steps need to be taken at the each stage and their cost”.

Moreover, this year was marked by the termination of the joint UNDP and European Union project on the provision of support to Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber. “The project gave us a lot of support in conducting a number of educational activities with participation of local and international experts and has presented to us best practices of Constitutional court on other countries. In addition, the project has provided support in the development of strategic documents of the Constitutional chamber, including its annual report, Development strategy for 2015 until 2020 as well as budget program of the judiciary. All of these activities are aimed at improving the efficiency and accessibility of the Constitutional chamber to the needs of the general public”- stated Aidarbekova Chynara, Judge-Secretary of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic. 

On the program’s area to improve access to justice, the head of the Social Center Vladimir Ganjela noted,-“Over the past year, UNDP’s project on access to justice focused at alleviating the physical access to courthouses for all the people with disabilities, and we are pleased that our UNDP partners will continue to work in this direction, creating necessary legal and social services for persons with disabilities”.

“Legal empowerment of the vulnerable groups of the population and the legal education of the society at large begins from the school bench and is a task of the Ministry of Justice,”- noted the head of the legal propaganda department at the Justice Ministry Aibek Chotonov.  

As a result of legal empowerment, a single individual or a community will be stronger, more skilled by gaining knowledge about the rights and mechanisms for their protection. We work very closely with the UNDP project in this direction and since this is a very complex work, we hope that other ministries will all work closely with us in reaching those objectives”- was further noted by Aibek Chotonov.

During the meeting, participants also got acquainted with 17 goals for sustainable development adopted by the leaders of 193 countries during the UN sustainable development Summit, held on September 24-25 in New York City. At the global level, UNDP will support the governments in implementing the new development agenda for the next 15 years. The goals include poverty reduction, inequality, climate change and environmental degradation, improved access to health and education, building sustainable institutions and partnerships and many others. According to the UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan Alexander Avanesov, 17 goals have 169 sub-goals and more than 600 achievement indicators. There is now an intensive process for nationalization of those goals, i.e. their inclusion into the national development strategies.

The event took place with a participation of representatives from the Parliament, Government’s Office, judiciary sector, Central Election Committee, the State Registry Service as well as from a wide range of ministries and department. The representatives from the civil society, expert circles and international donor community also participated in the meeting.

Contact information

Ainura Bekkoenova, UNDP Democratic Governance Dimension Chief, email: ainura.bekkoenova@undp.org, telephone: 0 (312) 694371, ext.144.

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