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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MULTILATERALISM AND DIPLOMACY FOR PEACE

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MULTILATERALISM
AND DIPLOMACY FOR PEACE
24 April 2019

This first observance of the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good. For nearly 75 years, the multilateral arrangements established after the Second World War have saved lives, expanded economic and social progress, upheld human rights and, not least, helped to prevent a third descent into global conflagration. From the articulation of international law to the advancement of gender equality, from protecting the environment to limiting the proliferation of lethal weapons and deadly disease, multilateralism and diplomacy have a proven record of service to people everywhere.

But such cooperation cannot be taken for granted. This new International Day falls at a time when multilateral efforts are under pressure from unresolved conflicts, runaway climate change, widening inequalities and other threats. New technologies are creating diverse opportunities but also the potential for disruptions to job markets, social cohesion and the enjoyment of our rights. We are living with a paradox: global challenges are more connected, but our responses are growing more fragmented. We are seeing an increasing deficit of trust in governments, political establishments and international organizations, and the rising appeal of nationalist and populist voices that demonize and divide. This is very dangerous in the face of today’s challenges, for which collective action is essential.

In this difficult context, we need to recall the urgency felt by the founders of the United Nations and reinvigorate the Organization’s tools. The principles of working together endure, but the specifics must take account of our rapidly changing world. We need stronger commitment to a rules-based order, with an effective United Nations at its centre. We need a networked multilateralism, with close cooperation among international and regional organizations, including development banks. And since governments and international organizations cannot do it alone, we need an inclusive multilateralism, rooted in partnerships with the business community, civil society, parliaments, the academic and philanthropic communities and other stakeholders, in particular young people.

But it is not enough to proclaim the virtue of multilateralism; we must prove its added value. Nor is it acceptable to dismiss the doubters; we must show that multilateralism can respond to global anxieties and deliver a fair globalization that lifts all.

The United Nations Charter points the way, with its vision of people and countries living as good neighbours, defending universal values and recognizing our common future. Strengthening multilateralism means strengthening our commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a safer, more just world for future generations. That commitment is needed now more than ever – from the United Nations and from leaders and citizens everywhere.

Space Technologies for Sustainable Development

The 3rd International Scientific Seminar “Space Technologies for Sustainable Development”, dedicated to the World Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics, was opened on April 12, 2019 in the scientific library of the al-Farabi Kazakh National University with the support of the UN Information Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development.
The seminar program included presentations and discussions on the following topics:
– Biotechnology in the field of space research;
– Solar energy and space technology;
– Space civilization and technology of the future;
– Space debris problems and sustainable development.
Head of the Department of Press and Electronic Media of the KazNU, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Gulmira Sultanbaeva, Head of the Department of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty Almash Arenova, Head of the UN Information Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan Abdurahim Mukhidov welcomed the participants, noted the importance of the topic of the seminar, and participated in the discussion.
Representatives of the United Nations in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, media representatives, professors and scientists of Almaty universities, students, undergraduates and doctoral students of mechanical and mathematical, physical and technological, biology and biotechnology and the faculty of journalism of the Kazakh National University took part in the seminar.

MUN in Nazarbayev Intellectual School (NIS) in Aktau

On March 25-26, the Nazarbayev Intellectual School (NIS) in Aktau hosted its first Model United Nations (MUN) conference. There were approximately 40 delegates making up 3 councils (UNICEF, The Commission on the Status of Women – CSW , and FAO).

The opening ceremony was highlighted by a Skype message from Mr. Vlastimil Samek, Representative of the United Nations Department of Global Communications to Kazakhstan. Additionally, NIS-Aktau will be sending 16 students to participate in the New SilkWay MUN conference to be held in Almaty at the end of April 2019.

The NIS MUN Aktau aim is to continue to improve and increase the MUN program in Aktau. NIS MUN Aktau truly appreciates the support of the United Nations Information Office in Almaty and others as the NIS MUN Aktau continues to develop global citizens well equipped with the knowledge and experience to impact and improve not only their communities and countries, but the world as well.

You can follow the NIS MUN Aktau on Instagram @munnisaktau

Second Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation

Second Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation took place in the UK at Loughborough University on 18 March and in Nur-Sultan at the Astana International Financial Centre on 4 April 2019

On 18th March 2019, the first stage of the Second Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation was held at Loughborough University, one of the UK’s leading research universities. Young Kazakh scientists presented their scientific projects aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the entire Central Asian region.

The forum was organized by the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK (Research Committee) with the support of the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan, Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom, The British-Kazakh Society and other companies.

Alen Kuspanov, UN Volunteer at UNDP Kazakhstan, made his contribution in presenting the results of the project “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment” and the value of young volunteers in local environment-oriented development. The objective of the project is to promote private sector investment in renewable energy in Kazakhstan to achieve Kazakhstan’s 2030 and 2050 targets for renewable energy, scaling-up the share deployment of renewable energy sources in electricity generation, from a 0.77% share of renewable energy to a 10% share by 2030.

The participation of the UN Volunteer in the forum was made possible due to the UNV learning allowance, which is great opportunity for UN Volunteers to increase knowledge and show presentable skills.

On 4th April 2019, the second stage of the Forum took place in Nur-Sultan at the Astana International Financial Centre. The Forum brought together PhD Candidates, early career researchers, academics, executive and senior managers in Investment, Enterprise, Business and Industry, public sector, and the STEAM education community.

Mr. Norimasa Shimomura, UN Resident Coordinator in for Kazakhstan, spoke at the Forum about SDGs and sustainable development. Firuz Ibrohimov, Chief Technical Advisor at UNDP office in Kazakhstan spoke on the topic “Mind Your Step! –An experimental Gender Tool for ABS value chains in Kazakhstan”.

More information is provided at the website of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK – https://www.kpauk.org/

Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019 

Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019

4 April 2019

On 4 April 2019, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019. The official presentation took place in Hong Kong at 10:00 am (Hong Kong time), and the presentation in Almaty took place at 10:00 on the same day.

ESCAP shares the following materials:
1. The press release in English and Russian;
2. The executive summary of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019 in English
and Russian;
3. The link on the ESCAP’s website where the Survey has been published:
https://www.unescap.org/publications/economic-and-social-survey-asia-and-pacific-2019-ambitions-beyond-growth

MESSAGE ON WORLD HEALTH DAY

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON WORLD HEALTH DAY
7 April 2019

This World Health Day focuses on universal health coverage and the crucial role primary health care plays in making such coverage a reality.

Half the world’s population is still unable to obtain the essential health services they need. Universal Health Coverage is about changing this and ensuring equitable access to health services for all, without people experiencing financial hardship as a result.

This is central to building healthy societies and economies and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And it is not just about improving health services. It is about policies and action across many sectors. We need to address the broader determinants of health, including social, economic and environmental factors.

And we must invest in people. We need highly trained and skilled health workers who can educate and advocate for their patients. We need empowered individuals who know how to take care of their health and that of their families. And we need communities to have access to health care when and where they need it. We must also highlight the importance of mental health, so often stigmatized and forgotten.

Primary health care is the key to achieving these goals and universal health coverage. Last year’s Astana Declaration has paved the way for the world to prioritize the investments we need. Now it is time to implement the commitments made.

Health is a human right. Political commitment and partnerships will be crucial in bringing it to life. Let us show the world that we are ready to bridge the gaps in health coverage worldwide and deliver health for all.

The 2019 SDGs in Action Film Festival

The 2019 SDGs in Action Film Festival is now open! Coordinated by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for SDGs, the Festival seeks short films that highlight how people and organizations around the world are taking action for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Festival was launched in 2018 in connection with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that takes place each July at UN Headquarters in New York. The competition offers amateur and professional filmmakers around the globe the chance to submit animated or live-action films up to 20 minutes long that showcase a person or project working on tangible solutions to the world’s biggest threats and making the SDGs our reality.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories for 2019:

Protecting our planet
Reducing inequalities
Building peace
Ensuring quality education and jobs
Young Filmmaker (24 years old or younger)
SDGs in Virtual Reality/360 degrees (films 2 minutes or less)

The top video in each category will be shown at the SDGs in Action Film Festival in July 2019 at or near UN Headquarters in New York, with the filmmakers invited to attend and participate in Festival-related activities. Entries will be accepted here through 26 April: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/filmfestival

United Nations in Kazakhstan

is joining the

Earth Hour

For a better life on our Planet and For the Future We Want       

that can be achieved through the Sustainable Development Goals

Show your support to the global efforts to save the environment

by

joining us and all the concerned people living on our planet Earth and                

switch off the lights in solidarity with global efforts to secure nature and our home

Saturday, 30 March 2019, 20:30-21:30

TOGETHER, LET’S CONNECT TO EARTH

“Earth Hour’s greatest strength is the power of people.”

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED AND MISSING STAFF MEMBERS

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY
WITH DETAINED AND MISSING STAFF MEMBERS

25 March 2019

Day in and day out, deed by deed, United Nations personnel work unwaveringly to help the most vulnerable, protect the planet and build a better future for all.

Sadly, fulfilling this vital mission often entails great perils.

In 2018, 16 UN staff members were kidnapped or abducted, and one thus far in 2019. Thankfully, all have been released. As of today, there are 21 UN staff members under arrest or in detention — five of whom are being held without any known charges. We will continue to do everything within our means to secure our colleagues’ release.

On this International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, I call on all countries to support the 1994 Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel as well as its 2005 Optional Protocol. To date, only 95 countries are party to the Convention and only 33 to the Optional Protocol.

Whether in their home countries or abroad, United Nations staff members have an admirable commitment to service. Their safety must be our priority. On this International Day of Solidarity, I call on the Member States and the international community to strengthen resolve to give them the protection they need to continue their work for peace and prosperity for all.

March 27 will be held the round table on results of implementation of the “Expansion of Opportunities of Girls in the Turkestan Region” project

Press announcement

Dear journalists,

Do you know that:
in the world every fifth girl is married or enters informal marriage before achievement of the eighteen-anniversary?
in Kazakhstan in 2017 from all women who married 11% of women married aged till 19?

The Turkestan region is included into the five of areas with the highest percentage share of girls of 15-19 years consisting in official or informal marriage (9.3%)?
Marriage in which one or both spouses – minors, are called children’s marriage.

We invite you to the Round table during which we will share with you results of implementation of the “Expansion of the Rights of Girls in the Turkestan Region” project which is carried out by UNFPA together with British Embassy in Astana.

What you learn on the Round table:
• We will tell about implementation of the project

• Share results of carrying out training among teachers and pupils of schools in the updated valeology course with the new heads devoted to family values, equality of men and women, prevention of violence and early and compulsory marriages.

• Provide the special video about gender stereotypes shot in Turkestan

When: March 27, 2019 at 14:00

Where: The international Kazakh-Turkish university of Hodzhi Ahmed Yasavi – MKTU of H.A. Yasavi, the Senate Hall. Address: Turkestan, B. Sattarkhanova Ave., 29

For accreditation we ask to contact the public relations specialist Dina Teltayeva by ph. 696 538 or by email:teltayeva@unfpa.org