Sustainable Development Goals
In September 2015, the world leaders from 193 nations, including President Nazarbayev, gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York to adopt the new United Nations post-2015 global development agenda. It introduced the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2016-2030 that consists of 17 Goals and 169 Targets. SDGs aim to end extreme poverty, promote equity and opportunity for all, and protect the planet, in close partnership among the nations. The UNCT in Kazakhstan works closely with State, civil society and private sector partners on adapting SDGs to national context, promoting and implementing the SDG agenda in Kazakhstan.
A ‘Mainstreaming Acceleration and Policy Support’ (MAPS) mission of UN experts took place in November 2016—the first such mission in the region, which also resulted in the Senate’s adoption of the Parliamentary Statement on SDGs.
The analysis presented in the MAPS report revealed that the existing national priorities can already help achieve over 60 percent of the SDGs in Kazakhstan. There were also four broad acceleration areas identified for expedited implementation of the SDGs in Kazakhstan – they relate to governance reforms, diversification of economy, greening the growth path and tackling inequalities, including gender inequalities.
In August 2018, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, building on the UN’s advice, issued a Resolution announcing the establishment of a nationally-led and owned SDG coordination architecture. This includes a Coordination Council on SDGs under the chairpersonship of the Deputy Prime Minister. Under the Coordination Council, five inter-sectoral working groups will be formed around the 5 groups of SDGs Goals (clustered around Goals related to People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership) and chaired by the relevant State Ministers.
Looking forward, the UN system in Kazakhstan stands firmly in support of the country’s aspiration to join the ranks of top 30 most developed countries of the world by achieving the OECD standards. We remain convinced that the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) are an excellent instrument that can help Kazakhstan to effectively achieve its development aspirations as articulated in the Strategy 2050 and the subsequent reform agenda.