International Day of Charity 5 September

In the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015, the United Nations recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The Agenda also calls for a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. It also acknowledges the role of the diverse private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals, and that of civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations in the implementation of the new Agenda.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth in the Agenda can be grouped into six critical areas: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. They have the potential to transform our lives and our planet by providing the framework needed for philanthropic institutions to enable all people to contribute to the betterment of our world.

International Day against Nuclear Tests marked in Almaty

A round table dedicated to the International Day against Nuclear Tests was held in Almaty on 28 August 2019. The event was organized in cooperation with the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Almaty, the UN Information Bureau in Kazakhstan and the al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

During the round table, the sides discussed the possibilities of developing a dialogue on international security issues by actively involving the young generation of the country. A world free of nuclear threats is a reliable path to sustainable development, global security and stability on earth. The event was attended by representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Almaty, the scientific and academic community, youth organizations and civil society.

It is known, on 29 August 1991, by the Decree of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev, one of the largest Semipalatinsk nuclear testing ground in the world was closed. This date, by the initiative of Kazakhstan, was approved as International Day against Nuclear Tests at the 64th session of the UN General Assembly. The UN General Assembly called for increased efforts by the UN, world states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in ending nuclear tests on the planet.

IX Mobile Media School – August 8-9, 2019

The IX Mobile Media School finished its work, dedicated to the International Youth Day “Berel culture: the transition of artifacts to digital format” with the support of the Information Office of the UN Global Communications Department in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, East Kazakhstan State University named after S. Amanzholov.

The media school was held in a unique place – the state historical and cultural reserve-museum “Berel”, located in the Katon-Karagai region of East Kazakhstan.

The two-day event were attended by students studying in the field of “History”, “Journalism” of East Kazakhstan State University, scientists, history teachers of secondary schools, journalists of regional media, ‘Shygys akparat’ LLP.

The school introduced a video of the representative of the UN Information Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Vlastimil Samek. The director of the state historical and cultural reserve-museum Berel Akhmadiev Zhangeldy Zhanybekovich made a welcoming speech.

In the framework of the mobile media school, seminars and master classes were held for students participating in the excavations of Berel. The program explored ways to find solutions for cases on sustainable development goals: sustainable cities and towns, partnership for sustainable development.

Secretary-General António Guterres message on the International Youth Day video



12 August 2019

International Youth Day is 20 years old. This year, Youth Day highlights
the theme of Transforming Education to make it more inclusive, accessible and
relevant to today’s world.
We are facing a learning crisis. Too often, schools are not equipping
young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution.
Students need not just to learn, but to learn how to learn.
Education today should combine knowledge, life skills and critical
thinking. It should include information on sustainability and climate change.
And it should advance gender equality, human rights and a culture of peace.
All these elements are included in Youth 2030, the United Nations
strategy to increase our engagement with young people and support them in
realizing their rights.
Today, we celebrate the young people, youth-led organizations,
Governments and others who are working to transform education and uplift
young people everywhere.

#ActNow Fashion Challenge starting on 6 August!

Zero-waste fashion helps reduce the strain on the environment & your wallet. Instead of buying new clothes, #ActNow to give your old favorites a second chance #ClimateAction

ActNow for Sustainable Fashion

When we think of industries that are having a harmful effect on the environment, manufacturing, energy, transport and even food production might come to mind. However, the fashion industry is considered to be the second most polluting industry in the world.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), some 93 billion cubic metres of water – enough to meet the needs of five million people – is used by the fashion industry annually. As for carbon emissions, the industry is responsible for more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

Despite the grim statistics, producers and consumers of fashion are increasingly waking up to the idea that the industry needs to change. In this regard, the United Nations, with the aim of raising awareness on the issue and promoting lasting behaviour change when it comes to our fashion choices, is launching the #ActNow Fashion Challenge, starting on 6 August.

International Day of Friendship 30 July

Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.

To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.

Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.


VIII Summer School of Journalism and Communication 

VIII Summer School of Journalism and Communication

On July 12-14, 2019 journalism faculties of Central Asian universities have gathered at the summer camp of the Kazakh National University in Marzhan lake in Bosteri village for participation in VIII Summer School, held within the framework of the 85th anniversary of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Journalism Faculty and the 25th anniversary of the international political week “Turkistan” with the support of United Nations Department of Global Communications in Kazakhstan.

Representatives from Uzbekistan, Karakalpakstan and Kyrgyzstan reported on the problem and practice of journalism in their countries. “The informational space of the Turkic-speaking countries is unique, with different experiences,” says Yakuthan Mamatova, professor of journalism at Mirzo Ulugbek Uzbek National University. ”Turkistan” newspaper’ editor-in-chief Kuat Auezbay gave a lecture on management in the press and gave examples and experience in Kazakhstani mass media. The importance of providing accurate information in the press was discussed at Ahmet Omirzak’s discussion of the ethics of opinions in the master class about the accessibility of citizens’ objective information. The analysis of the development trends of civil journalism in the speech of Beibit Toktarbay, combined with foreign media coverage and case studies in the national press, has been accompanied by experiences from neighboring countries. Dinara Mynzhasarovna’s lecture on the impact of social journalism shared her impressive experience in using data. Lectures by Zhaniya Abdibek and Aizhan Karibaeva, a new wave of new business media, were highly appreciated by scientists from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan’s national journalism faculties. The Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan highly appreciated the experience of the content manager, Eskali Tomiris, in the production of information, design, and long reads at the youth portal, a new step in the journalism school.

The Summer School of Journalism and Communication, where gathered professors of journalism faculties of universities of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, has become a media site for journalists and scholars from Central Asia. Agreements have been reached to work together on scientific research and new educational programs and develop their practical bases.