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Snow leopards are expected to lose two thirds of their habitat by 2070

Today is International snow leopard day.

Snow leopards are expected to lose two thirds of their habitat by 2070

Snow leopards are one of the most emblematic species of the Central Asian mountains.

Yet their habitats are under unprecedented pressure due to climate change and related drivers such as land-use change and habitat degradation, shift, fragmentation or loss, as well as increased human-wildlife conflict.

Rising temperatures are forcing livestock such as goats and yak calves to move further uphill to graze, thereby encroaching on snow leopard territory. Glaciers that support snow leopards are also retreating.

As a result, two thirds of the habitats of this majestic species are expected to be lost by 2070. In some countries, the figure rises to up to 80%.

In response, new work led by UN Environment aims to stem the effects of climate change on mountain species in Central Asia and other regions.

The Vanishing Treasures project, funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, aims to improve and share solutions for wildlife management that takes climate change into account. These solutions will follow an ecosystem-based approach and may include creating movement corridors for species and restoring fauna. Sustainable land use practices that reduce pressure on species will furthermore be promoted.

Read more on our new ‘Vanishing Treasures’ work here and learn more about the effects of climate change on Central Asian mountains and policy solutions here.


Fostering Partnership between United Nations and Youth 

Fostering Partnership between United Nations and Youth
“Public Talks” event to celebrate the United Nations Day

On 17 October 2018, in connection with the UN Day, annually celebrated on 24 October and in the framework of implementation of the recently-published UN Youth Strategy 2030, the United Nations agencies in Almaty held the first public talks with the students of several educational institutions of Almaty to facilitate the understanding, knowledge and youth engagement in the UN programs.
The aim of the event was to familiarize students with the global role of the United Nations, mandates of UN agencies, their activities in Kazakhstan and in the region, the essence of the Sustainable Development Goals, and their role in achievement of the SDGs. The meeting also responded the multiple requests of universities for meeting with United Nations representatives in Almaty.
The “Public Talks” were designed as dialogue between students and representatives of United Nations agencies – WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, ESCAP, UNHCR, UNEP, UNODC, UNICEF and UNIC. The high-level representative of the Government – head of the MFA office in Almaty came to greet and welcome the participants. V.Samek – UNDPI Representative welcomed participants via Skype.
The exchange of questions, answers and opinions lasted for almost three hours, and was based on the projection of SDGs on various stages of human life cycle – from birth to retirement.
The “Public Talks” format ensured open and informal communication between young people and the UN representatives.
By organizing this event, the UN agencies in Almaty recognize young people’s important and positive contribution to peace and security, prevention of violence and conflicts, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian and climate action, creation of healthy environments, sustainable lifestyles and – most importantly – sustainable development.
Over 90 students and teachers took part in the meeting, from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University; Almaty Management University; NARXOZ University; Kazakhstan Academy of Labor and Social Relations; Lyceum 165; Kazakhstan International School; Kazakhstan Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering; Central Asia University 



24 October 2018

United Nations Day marks the birthday of our founding Charter – the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of “we the peoples”.

Every day, the women and men of the United Nations work to give practical meaning to that Charter.

Despite the odds and the obstacles, we never give up.

Extreme poverty is being reduced but we see inequality growing.

Yet we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.

Climate change is moving faster than we are, but we don’t give up because we know that climate action is the only path.

Human rights are being violated in so many places. But we don’t give up because we know respect for human rights and human dignity is a basic condition for peace.

Conflicts are multiplying – people are suffering. But we don’t give up because we know every man, woman and child deserves a life of peace.

On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment.

To repair broken trust.

To heal our planet.

To leave no one behind.

To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations.


The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development,

The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, new UNFPA report shows

17 October 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan – The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want and when they want. When people lack choice, it can have a long-term impact on fertility rates, often making them higher or lower than what most people desire, according to The State of World Population 2018, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health agency.

Family size, whether small or large, is intertwined with reproductive rights, which are tied to many other rights, such as those to health and education, adequate income and the freedom to make choices and non-discrimination.

“The report found that no country can claim that all of its citizens enjoy reproductive rights at all times. Most couples cannot have the number of children they want because they either lack economic and social support to achieve their preferred family size, or the means to control their fertility,” said UNFPA Representative for Kazakhstan and Country Director for Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan Giulia Vallese.

“Realizing reproductive rights means having the freedom to plan a family and make informed and safe choices about the main life events, such as obtaining education, getting married, having children, keeping a job, maintaining financial security and others,” said Giulia Vallese.

Reproductive health and reproductive rights are important for all, and yet they can be particularly inaccessible to youth. There are 1.8 billion young people aged 10-24 in the world. In Kazakhstan this group of people constitutes over 20%, whereas people aged below 24 make up almost half of the country’s population (more than 40%). Upholding and protecting these young people’s reproductive rights will ensure that they thrive in future and make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable development of their country. President Nazarbayev has acknowledged the importance of young people in his recent address by proclaiming 2019 as the Year of Youth.

In Kazakhstan, adolescent girls aged 15-19 give birth 6 times more often than in the countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).[1] The sexual way of contracting HIV has become the most common, having reached 62%.[2] Kazakhstan shows a worrying trend of the highest rate of increase of new HIV infections (up by 106%) compared with 2010. [3]

To make freedom of choice a reality, says the report, countries can prioritize universal access to quality reproductive health care, including modern contraceptives; ensure better education, including age-appropriate sexuality education; advocate for a change in men’s attitudes to be supportive of the rights and aspirations of women and girls; and make it easier for couples to have more children, if they want them, by enabling greater work-life balance through measures such as affordable child care.

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For more information on the Right to Choose event, campaign, and any other enquiries please contact UNFPA Communications Specialist Dina Teltayeva at Dina Teltayeva  tel.: +7701 765 40 10; e-mail


Additional information:

UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency. UN agency that enhances the ability of women and youth to maintain sexual and reproductive health and have healthy children. UNFPA assists countries in the use of population data in the development of policies and programs aimed at poverty reduction, and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

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UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia:

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[1] Kazakhstan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2015

[2] Analytical research of reproductive health of adolescents and young people aged 15-19 in urban and rural areas of the Republic of Kazakhstan, their level of awareness and skills for safe behaviour, UNFPA, 2012

[3] 2018 UNAIDS report

A Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon 

Disinformation, Sustainable Development Goals, children protection in media, dialogue and social inclusion, these are some vital challenges and opportunities that are present today in the fields of information and communication

How can we tackle these issues through media and information literacy (MIL)? Join the Global MIL Youth Hackathon and find answers together with other young people from around the world and win seed funding from MiSK Foundation and UNESCO to support your youth-led project.

This hackathon in the framework of the Global Media and Information Literacy week is coordinated by DesignEDly and Global Student Square, in cooperation with University of Latvia, Vytautas Magnus University, and University of Tampere, with the support of UNESCO and MiSK Foundation, and in the framework of Global MIL Week 2018.

Deadline for registration is 21 October 2018, by the following link. 



17 October 2018

Twenty-five years ago, the world commemorated the first International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since then, nearly 1 billion people have escaped poverty, thanks to political leadership, inclusive economic development and international cooperation.

However, many are still being left behind. Over 700 million people are unable to meet their basic daily needs. Many live in situations of conflict and crisis; others face barriers in accessing health care, education and job opportunities, preventing them from benefitting from broader economic development. And women are disproportionately affected.

Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, as embodied in Goal 1 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, remains one of the greatest global challenges and a major priority for the United Nations.

This year, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let us remember that ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice. There is a fundamental connection between eradicating extreme poverty and upholding the equal rights of all people.

We must listen to the millions of people experiencing poverty and destitution across the globe, tackle the power structures that prevent their inclusion in society and address the indignities they face. We must build a fair globalization that creates opportunities for all and ensure that rapid technological development boosts our poverty eradication efforts. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty let us commit to uphold the core pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind.

Message on World Food Day

The Secretary-General

Message on World Food Day

16 October 2018

In our world of plenty, one person in nine does not have enough to eat.

About 820 million people still suffer from hunger.

Most of them are women.

Some 155 million children are chronically malnourished and may endure the effects of stunting for their entire lives.

And hunger causes almost half of the infant deaths worldwide.

This is intolerable.

On World Food Day, let us commit to a world without hunger — a world in which every person has access to a healthy, nutritious diet.

Zero hunger is about joining forces.

Countries and companies, institutions and individuals: we must each do our part towards sustainable food systems.

Today, we renew our commitment to uphold everyone’s fundamental right to food and to leave no one behind.

Thank you.



13 October 2018

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction falls shortly after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia showed yet again the urgency of resilience and risk-awareness.

Disasters have a steep human cost.

Millions of people are displaced every year, losing their homes and jobs because of extreme weather events and earthquakes.

However, not all countries report systematically on the economic losses from major disaster events, according to a new report prepared by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

This year’s International Day aims to highlight the need for Member States to improve data collection on disasters, including comprehensive accounting of economic losses.

This is crucial for progress on crisis prevention.

For example, a better understanding of the economic losses from extreme weather events can help to generate greater action on climate change and increased ambition on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Measuring economic losses can also motivate governments to do more to achieve the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which seeks a substantial reduction in disaster losses by 2030.

Reducing the economic losses from disasters has the power to transform lives and contribute greatly to the eradication of poverty.

As we mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, let us reaffirm our commitment to this vital endeavour.



15 October 2018

The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous, equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet. It is needed for achieving gender equality, ensuring decent work for all, eradicating poverty and hunger and taking climate action. Yet, rural women and girls remain disproportionately affected by poverty, inequality, exclusion and the effects of climate change.

On this International Day of Rural Women, I call on countries to take action to ensure that rural women and girls fully enjoy their human rights. Those include the right to land and security of land tenure; to adequate food and nutrition; to a life free of all forms of violence, discrimination and harmful practices; to the highest attainable standard of health, including sexual and reproductive health; and to quality, affordable and accessible education throughout their lives.

Achieving this requires investment, legal and policy reforms and the inclusion of rural women in the decisions that affect their lives. By investing in the well-being, livelihoods and resilience of rural women and girls, we make progress for all.



11 October 2018
Today, 600 million adolescent girls are preparing to enter a world of work transformed by innovation and automation. They are the largest generation in history and a vast source of ideas and solutions for all career fields. Yet far too often, girls are not given the space and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential. Multiple barriers include systematic discrimination, biases and lack of training.
We need concerted efforts to overcome the obstacles that mean that, for example, women make up less than 30 per cent of graduates in information and communications technology and occupy less than 30 per cent of research and development jobs worldwide
Negative gender stereotypes related to girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics begin as early as primary school, and have the devastating effect of making them doubt their own potential.
Although the number of girls attending school is the highest ever, many are still not getting the skills necessary for lifelong success. Moreover, it is estimated that five years from now, over one-third of the abilities considered important in today’s workforce will have changed.
We need to equip girls with transferable and lifelong skills such as critical thinking, creativity and digital awareness. Having role models will also be critical, especially in the sciences and other fields where the presence of women is sparse.
To help empower young people, I recently launched Youth2030, a strategy that aims to work with them, understand their needs and help put their ideas into action. On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.