By Yagshimyrat Annamyradov, Vlastimil Samek and Danial Saari
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 05 June 2018 – International Students Conference “Youth Initiatives for Environmental Sustainability” took place at Almaty Management University. The event was organized by the School of Public Policy and Law of AlmaU.
World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and is being celebrated since then worldwide, reaffirming the human’s concern for the preservation and enhancement of the environment (A/RES/2994 (XXVII)
ALMA University hopes that the conference devoted to the consideration of various aspects of sustainable development will become an effective platform for creative undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students to improve the results of their research, participate in scientific discussions, exchange new ideas, contacts and plans for further creative cooperation.
At the event Representative of the UN Department of Public Information, Mr. Vlastimil Samek, and a Representative of the UN Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Mr. Yagshimyrat Annamyradov, highlighted the key role of partnership for development and enabling tools in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the reflection of Environment Protection. Their presentation also included the UN Secretary-General’s Mr. Antonio Guterres video message that says: “On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you cannot re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world”.
Ms. Tursyngul Gumarova, Head of the Laboratory for water- and energy saving at the Narxoz University, delivered a presentation on “Green” Universities and drivers of eco-innovations. Her presentation targeted garbology and enormous harm to the environment caused by the use of plastic materials. This topic also corresponds with this year’s theme ““Beat Plastic Pollution”.
Galiya Nurmukhanbetova, Associate Professor of the International Information Technology University (IITU) presented report on Green IT-technologies and sustainable consumption, using a collaborative consumption concept. She addressed the benefits and new trends of collective consumption. Overview of popular (web based) resources, such as Room sharing – Airbnb, CouchSurfing; Office sharing – SahreDesk, Coworking; Language learning – italki; Transport sharing – Uber and others, engaged the audience made the event’s participants interact and discuss the future development in this area. Also the “Implementation of sustainable development tools using the methodology for determining transversal competencies”, using the web-platform ‘Kahoot’ has been interactively presented by professor Saule Zeinolla.
The conference concluded with presentations of the students from Almaty Management University, International University of Information Technologies, Karagandy State University, Kazakh National Agrarian University, Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University and the French Business School NEOMA.
The presentations of the corresponding works have been carried out in three languages: Kazakh, Russian and English. Following areas have been addressed: Digitalization and Green economy; Green economy is the way to sustainable development and Scientific and practical developments and innovations. If conforms the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources”, in particular, Goals 14 and 15 focus on protecting under water and on land ecosystems, as well as on sustainably using marine and terrestrial resources. This reaffirms the responsibility of the international community, including academia, to take actions to enhance the environment, by deepening environmental awareness.
The international student conference participants |
UN photo/Yagshimyrat Annamyradov