Regional Conference Towards a Common Vision for Agenda 2030 in Central Asia

Nov 4, 2016

Photo Credit: Erkinbek Kasybekov

2-4 November 2016, Almaty hosted a High-level Regional Conference “Common Vision for the 2030 Agenda in Central Asia”, organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) as a regional entity working on environmental issues across Central Asia.

The Regional Conference was envisaged to establish a regional dialogue on SDGs with a distinct focus on Green Economy and delivering on the environmental dimension.  The event was held to raise awareness, develop the capacity, and strengthen the engagement of regional and national stakeholders with respect to Central Asian sustainability issues and the possible ways to address them jointly, through potential alignment of regional and national strategies with the SDGs. In that sense, it served as a platform to explore opportunities for developing joint regional actions for Agenda 2030.

The Regional Conference aimed to:

· To strengthen cooperation between national institutions (key authorities) and other stakeholders (NGOs, Academia, regional CSOs) on SDGs implementation at regional and national levels;

· To inform on the latest developments with global, regional and national processes on follow up and review of the Agenda 2030 and the ways that sustainable development can materialize in CA;

· To introduce the experience from the elaboration of the education curriculum and the joint vision for Agenda 2030 that was developed during the CAREC regional training of trainers on SDGs;

· To take stock and further explore sectoral issues on thematic areas of green economy (e.g. agriculture, ecosystems based adaptation, natural capital) and financing for SD;

· To formulate a Joint Statement (Conference Outcome Document) and a list of actions for SDGs support and implementation at regional level in Central Asia.

· The three-day Regional Conference brought together national (from five countries of Central Asia) and international partners: Representatives of national authorities responsible for different sectors, SDG focal points within government and UNDP Country Offices, policy makers and technical experts in SDGs and Central Asia, educators from governments and NGOs, UN regional organisations and UN agencies, GiZ, IFAS involved in the implementation of Agenda 2030. Invitations is extended other potential collaborators, like Russian institutions (e.g. UNEP’s partners in Stavropol region and Moscow).

During the event the five Central Asia countries discussed specific initiatives that they have undertaken to initiate SDG processes, the existing partnerships, if any, with UNDP in support of the SDGs in the country.

The event also facilitated debates of national issues related to Agenda 2030, the added value of the poverty-environment nexus in the SDG discussion, such as integrated approach on enhancing knowledge base and mainstreaming sustainable development concerns and objectives into national and sub national planning processes, as well as on the role of strategic national partners and policy makers in mainstreaming SDGs at national and sub-national levels. Country presentations followed the plenary discussions and presentations of best practices from different range of stakeholders.

The conference also focused on delivering a joint regional vision and specific actions to be taken by the region towards implementation of SDGs. An outcome document “Joint vision of Central Asia countries on SDGs” will be based on results of participative during the conference, review of national activities led by UN Country Teams, and other inputs by participants of the conference. It will contain proposals for actions and cooperation measures for the region. The measures will concentrate on maintaining and supporting the SDG process at national, regional and global levels and ensure contribution to the universal approach of Agenda 2030. 

Contact information:

Dina Teltayeva +7 7172 69 65 44 (2124); Nina Kumambetova at +7 727 2654327; 2654342 (ext. 301), Saltanat Zhakenova +7 727 2654327; 2654342 (ext. 177)

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