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First Kazakhstan Forum on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals 

First Kazakhstan Forum on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

With just over a decade to go until 2030, delegates at Kazakhstan’s first Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals – a flagship event of the 2019 Astana Economic Forum – explored multiple solutions for helping the country green the economy, bring the most marginalized groups up to speed andachieve inclusive and quality education for all.

The event was organized by the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Institute of Economic Research, UN agencies, with the support of UNDP in Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank.

The aim of the Forum was to contribute to enhancing the understanding about sustainable development goals and their contribution to the long-term economic growth and social development strategies of Kazakhstan as well as to develop a set of recommendations to the Government of Kazakhstan for further advancing nationalization of the Global 2030 Agenda.
The focus of the event was on the six SDGs which will be discussed at the 2019 High-Level Political Forum – SDG4: Quality education; SDG8: Decent work and economic growth; SDG10: Reduced inequalities; SDG13: Climate Action; SDG16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions; and SDG17: Partnerships on achieving the goals.

Kazakhstan’s national approach and achievements towards the implementation of the SDGs’ targets will be presented in the form of a Voluntary National Review at the High-Level Political Forum at the UN Assembly in July 2019. An active partnership and experience exchange among international experts and government representatives is needed for Kazakhstan to learn from international best practice in reaching the SDGs.

Source: http://www.kz.undp.org/content/kazakhstan/en/home/pre..

UN Procurement business seminar will be organized in Almaty and Nur-Sultan

Announcement

UN Procurement business seminar will be organized by United Nations Office of Supply Chain Management and Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in May 29-30 in Almaty and May 31 in Nur-Sultan, in order to establish cooperation with potential suppliers of Kazakhstan products.

The main objective of the business seminar programme is to inform potential vendors and trade entities including the Chamber of Commerce about the work of UN/PD. The seminars also provide information on the UN procurement process, evaluation criteria, vendor registration procedures and how to find business opportunities in the various Agencies of the UN.

The interested companies are advised to register beforehand at www.ungm.org.

Registration for the event: https://forms.gle/9r75Lz52xQyyTQaF7

For further information, please contact Аnesova Ainur, тел.: +77017423142, a.anessova@atameken.kz

8-9 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War

By resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004, the UN General Assembly declared 8–9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and, while recognizing that Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

The Assembly stressed that this historic event established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations, designed to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and called upon the Member States of the United Nations to unite their efforts in dealing with new challenges and threats, with the United Nations playing a central role, and to make every effort to settle all disputes by peaceful means in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and in such a manner that international peace and security are not endangered.

Президент Гражданского Альянса Казахстана Асылбек Кожахметов посетил Хаб для региональныx представительств агентств ООН в Алматы

Президент Гражданского Альянса Казахстана Асылбек Кожахметов посетил Хаб для региональныx представительств агентств ООН в Алматы.

В рамках встречи с руководителями ESCAP, UNFPA, UNEP, UNESCO, UNHRC, UNODC, IOM и UNDPI состоялось обоюдное знакомство и определение потенциальных ниш сотрудничества.

Альянс признает релевантность Целей устойчивого развития ООН для своей деятельности и выражает намерение достигать их в рамкаx ежедневной повестки дня. По итогам работы запланированы ряд отдельных встреч с каждым из агентств, включая г. Нур-Султан, по составлению рабочей карты сотрудничества с ООН.

Данный офис ООН в Алматы был открыт 1 мая 2019 г. и является региональным центром для многиx агенств ООН в РК, а также для стран Центральной Азии и Кавказа.

Источник: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxOfbFDl53y/?igshid=p42td6mbo7zf

Secretary-General Appoints New Sustainable Development Goals Advocates 

Secretary-General Appoints New Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

Thursday, May 9

Peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships.

The principles at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also what drive the new class of SDG Advocates, appointed today by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. These 17 influential public figures are committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by world leaders on 25 September 2015.

United Nations Member States agreed to accomplish the SDGs by 2030. To build the momentum for transformative, inclusive development by 2030, the Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates will use their unique platforms and leadership to inspire cross-cutting mobilization of the global community.

“We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality. They lie in the great agreements of 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

But tools are no use if you don’t use them. So, today, and every day, my appeal is clear and simple. We need action, ambition and political will. More action, more ambition and more political will,” said the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General has tasked the Advocates with driving that action, building that ambition, and solidifying global political will.

The Advocates represent the universal character of the SDGs, hailing from Governments, entertainment, academia, sport, business and activist organizations around the world. The Advocates will leverage and build bridges between their unique audiences, and work together to drive progress.

“By joining forces to achieve our goals, we can turn hope into reality – leaving no one behind,” said Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates group Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.

Said Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates and President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, “This is a time of great hope for the world. If we work smartly together and stay on course, we can raise millions out of poverty and significantly expand basic social services for many more by the 2030 end date of the SDGs.”

The Secretary-General has appointed some members of the previous class of SDG Advocates as SDG Advocate Alumni, and looks forward to their ongoing support and engagement.

For more information, please visit www.unsdgadvocates.org.

World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.
 
It is an opportunity to:
 
celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
defend the media from attacks on their independence;
and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
 
2019 Theme: Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation
 
The 26th celebration of World Press Freedom Day is jointly organized by UNESCO, the African Union Commission and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The main event will take place in Addis Ababa, on 1 – 3 May at the African Union Headquarters. This year’s theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the media’s potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes.

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.

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