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

MESSAGE ON WORLD WATER DAY

THE SECRETARY- GENERAL

MESSAGE ON WORLD WATER DAY
22 March 2019

Water is vital for survival and, alongside sanitation, helps protect public and environmental health. Our bodies, our cities and our industries, our agriculture and our ecosystems all depend on it.

Water is a human right. Nobody should be denied access. This World Water Day is about upholding this right for all, leaving no one behind.

Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe water due to factors such as economic status, gender, ethnicity, religion and age. Growing demands, coupled with poor management, have increased water stress in many parts of the world. Climate change is adding dramatically to the pressure. By 2030, an estimated 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity.

We must encourage cooperation to tackle the global water crisis and strengthen our resilience to the effects of climate change to ensure access to water for all, especially for the most vulnerable. These are vital steps towards a more peaceful and prosperous future. As we strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we must value water resources and ensure their inclusive management if we are to protect and use this vital resource sustainably for the benefit of all people.

MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR  THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR
THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
21 March 2019

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an occasion for all of us to renew our promise to end racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred. The recent massacre at two mosques in New Zealand is the latest tragedy rooted in such poison.

No country or community is immune from racial and religious hatred and the terrorism of bigots. I am deeply alarmed by the current rise of xenophobia, racism and intolerance. Hate speech is entering the mainstream, spreading like wildfire through social media and radio. It is spreading in liberal democracies and authoritarian States alike.

These dark forces menace democratic values, social stability and peace. When people are attacked, physically, verbally or on social media because of their race, religion or ethnicity, all of society is diminished. It is crucial for us all to join hands, stand up and defend the principles of equality and human dignity.

We must all work harder to repair the fissures and polarization that are so prevalent in our societies today. We must nurture mutual understanding and invest in making diversity a success. And we must counter and reject political figures who exploit differences for electoral gain.

We must also ask why so many people feel excluded and tempted by messages of intolerance against others. We need to engage everyone in dismantling the harmful and specious notion of racial superiority. Even today, decades after the pseudo-science of the Nazis contributed to the Holocaust, the world is seeing the persistence – and even a surge – of neo-Nazi thinking and white supremacy. We must bury such lies once and for all.

Today let us all resolve to fight racism and discrimination wherever it occurs. Let us reflect on how we can promote non-discrimination in every country and at every level. We are all connected by our humanity. We are all equal. We should all be looking out for each other’s welfare.

Applications to 2019 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship now open

Applications to 2019 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship now open

The Department of Global Communications (DGC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalism Fellowship, which will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 15 September to 5 October 2019.

The Fellowship will bring a select group of young journalists from around the world to United Nations Headquarters to cover the General Assembly, interview senior officials, and attend special briefings and workshops.

The Fellowship is open to full-time journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 from countries with developing and transitioning economies. A full list of eligible countries is available at https://outreach.un.org/raf/eligibility ( Kazakhstan included)

The Fellowship covers the cost of round-trip air travel to New York and provides a daily subsistence allowance.

Applications must be submitted online at https://outreach.un.org/raf/apply. The application deadline is 15 April 2019.

Presentation of the monograph by A.Kh. Arystanbekova “Diplomacy in the modern world” 

On March 13th, 2019 at the UN house in Almaty was held the presentation of the monograph by the ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs, the first Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN, and the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador A.Kh. Arystanbekova “Diplomacy in the modern world.”

The monograph explores the transformations and trends in modern diplomacy under the influence of globalization and fundamental geopolitical shifts in the global political space of the late XX and early XXI century. New trends in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, the main security challenges are examined and analyzed, and the goals and aspects of modern types of diplomacy, including new dimensions in 21st century diplomacy, are described in detail.

The presentation gathered representatives of the diplomatic corps, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, students and university professors, and staff of the United Nations.

STATEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 

STATEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

United Nations Kazakhstan calls to “Think equal. Build smart. Innovate for change” to empower women and girls of Kazakhstan

Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the global push for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal. Build smart. Innovate for change.” By exploring the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, we boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and build public services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls.

Whereas Kazakhstan has a strong economy, substantial obstacles to the full realization of women’s rights persist. These include the rights to equal political, economic and social opportunities, the freedom to decide whom to marry and when and how many children to have, and freedom to express thoughts and views. These freedoms, while universally advocated, must be guaranteed through action. This is especially true for the most vulnerable of our society – rural women and girls, women and girls with HIV and women and girls with special needs. No one must be left behind. Prejudicial attitudes, gender stereotypes, including the ones portrayed in the media, and patriarchal social norms in society continue to be wide-spread.

International Women’s Day is a day to reaffirm that there cannot be social and economic progress without empowering women and girls. These changes will require innovation and smart decisions. To highlight the role that many women in Kazakhstan play in¬¬¬ areas ranging from politics to sciences and culture as well as to bridge the gender gap in the digital space, the United Nations in Kazakhstan is joining the global Wiki4Women campaign.

Enabling women and men, girls and boys to innovate, think smart and to be truly equal requires gender-friendly policies, sharing of responsibilities within the household and recognition of the crucial role that education of women and girls, especially in STEM, reproductive health, women’s empowerment and gender equality play as pathway to sustainable development. Only societies that are prepared to embrace and work towards true equality for all, will see a country that has an energetic and sustainable future.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women are the heart of the Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are vital to fully realizing the rights and potential of all persons. Transformative gender equality requires all of us to move beyond individual self-improvement and towards transforming unequal gender relations by investing in women, encouraging and bringing to reality the requisite required changes in social norms, cultural values, power structures and the root causes of gender inequality and discrimination.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women are integral parts of all aspects of the work of the UN in making the world safer through the development of stronger institutions and just societies. Through its various projects and initiatives, UN Kazakhstan seeks to realize the true potential of women of Kazakhstan, to have their voices and opinions heard and to make women economically, socially, politically empowered, contributing to an equal and sustainably developed Kazakhstan. We are convinced that only with this, the world and Kazakhstan can achieve the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, as represented by 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019
New York, 8 March 2019

Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. We can only re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all.

In recent decades, we have seen remarkable progress on women’s rights and leadership in some areas. But these gains are far from complete or consistent – and they have already sparked a troubling backlash from an entrenched patriarchy.

Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power. We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. Only when we see women’s rights as our common objective, a route to change that benefits everyone, will we begin to shift the balance.

Increasing the number of women decision-makers is fundamental. At the United Nations, I have made this a personal and urgent priority. We now have gender parity among those who lead our teams around the world, and the highest-ever numbers of women in senior management. We will continue to build on this progress.

But women still face major obstacles in accessing and exercising power. As the World Bank found, just six economies give women and men equal legal rights in areas that affect their work. And if current trends continue, it will take 170 years to close the economic gender gap.

Nationalist, populist and austerity agendas add to gender inequality with policies that curtail women’s rights and cut social services. In some countries, while homicide rates overall are decreasing, femicide rates are rising. In others we see a rollback of legal protection against domestic violence or female genital mutilation. We know women’s participation makes peace agreements more durable, but even governments that are vocal advocates fail to back their words with action. The use of sexual violence as a tactic in conflict continues to traumatize individuals and entire societies.

Against this backdrop, we need to redouble our efforts to protect and promote women’s rights, dignity and leadership. We must not give ground that has been won over decades and we must push for wholesale, rapid and radical change.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, addresses infrastructure, systems and frameworks that have been constructed largely in line with a male-defined culture. We need to find innovative ways of reimagining and rebuilding our world so that it works for everyone. Women decision-makers in areas like urban design, transport and public services can increase women’s access, prevent harassment and violence, and improve everyone’s quality of life.

This applies equally to the digital future that is already upon us. Innovation and technology reflect the people who make them. The underrepresentation and lack of retention of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design should be a cause of concern to all.

Last month, in Ethiopia, I spent time with African Girls Can Code, an initiative that is helping to bridge the digital gender divide and train the tech leaders of tomorrow. I was delighted to see the energy and enthusiasm these girls brought to their projects. Programmes like this not only develop skills; they challenge stereotypes that limit girls’ ambitions and dreams.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact all our lives. And let’s support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone.

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day
21 February

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

 

MESSAGE ON WORLD WILDLIFE DAY 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON WORLD WILDLIFE DAY
3 March 2019

Marine species provide indispensable ecosystem services. Plankton enrich the atmosphere with oxygen and more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for sustenance and livelihoods. Marine and coastal resources and the industries they support are estimated to be worth at least US$3 trillion a year, some 5 per cent of global GDP.

Sustainably managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems are the objectives of Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Today, ocean life is under severe pressure, ranging from climate change to pollution, the loss of coastal habitats and the overexploitation of marine species. Some one-third of commercial fish stocks are overfished, and many other species – from albatrosses to turtles – are imperilled by the unsustainable use of ocean resources.

The good news is that solutions are available. For example, where fisheries are managed scientifically, most fish stocks have a good chance of recovery. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) is increasing regulation of marine species. And the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is engaged in crafting a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

On this World Wildlife Day, let us raise awareness about the extraordinary diversity of marine life and the crucial importance of marine species to sustainable development. That way, we can continue to provide these services for future generations.

YouthMobile Award

YouthMobile Award

15 February 2019, UNESCO Almaty will hold an awards ceremony for mobile application developers of the Central Asian YouthMobile Competition.
Applications submitted to the YouthMobile contest contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

36 young people have participated in the contest. They worked in a teams as well as individually and in total they submitted 12 mobile applications. 8 of them have been short listed.

The jury is represented by experts in communication and information, social sciences and humanities, education, as well as independent developers of mobile applications. The jury will announce three winners- participants whose mobile applications won prizes.

The jury evaluated the presence of applications in the open GitHub repository, popularity and users’ feedback, application quality criteria and standards compliance, the breadth and involvement of audiences, innovation, compliance with sustainable development goals, and the impact on the possibility of achieving them until 2030.

On 15 February, the YouthMobile contest awards ceremony will be held in Almaty. Inspirational speakers from the field of internet business and mobile commerce will speak about the future of the mobile applications, innovations and demands as well as monetization of mobile applications. The winners and participants will have a good opportunity in mobile applications development networking.

Since 2015 UNESCO Almaty has organized a series of trainings for 80 young people by providing them the basic technical skills and competencies necessary to develop, promote and distribute mobile applications, and increase employment opportunities.

Journalists are invited for accreditation via email: a.kudiyarova@unesco.org