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