At the UN Summit (25-27 September 2015), Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2016-2030 at its core that aim to end extreme poverty, promote equity and opportunity for all, and protect the planet, in close partnership among the nations. Building on the success of MDGs, SDGs are universal goals accepted by all countries and applicable to all – both rich and poor, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, environmental and social.
Kazakhstan presents a unique case of development in Eastern Europe and the CIS region. It is an example of a forward-looking state, as the depth of its quest for development can be seen from its national strategies and sectoral programmes. The country can be proud of its achievements and the roles it has played in the global arena. Good progresses have been made in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), making the country well positioned to champion in achieving the SDGs.
The UN Country Team in Kazakhstan has already started a dialogue with the Government on SDGs, their relevance to Kazakhstan and an implementation approach for Kazakhstan. In December 2015 the first roundtable ‘Sustainable Development Goals in Kazakhstan: a conceptual framework’ was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with participation of state entities.
The participants appreciated the broad scope and depth of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while reconfirming Kazakhstan’s aspiration to be an internationally recognized leader in promoting SDGs. As such, the participants recognized the need for Kazakhstan to develop and adopt a systematic approach that encompasses key dimensions of SDGs.
The session UNDP’s 50th anniversary event: Exploring new opportunities to accelerate SDGs intends to show how UNDP’s 50 years of experience at the forefront of development has been a factor in the growth of Kazakhstan and will also show how UNDP can contribute to the development agenda known as the Sustainable Development Goals in Kazakhstan.