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24-25 September, 2018, Borovoye, Kazakhstan – Representatives from the Government of Kazakhstan, the United Nations (UN), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank (WB) met to discuss and further advance the monitoring and reporting of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kazakhstan.
Bishkek, 12 September 2018 – Today, people who newly became Kyrgyz citizens received national passport at the ceremony organized jointly by the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), the Office of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Government in Osh province, and the Department of Registration of Population and Acts of Civil Status of the State Registration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. These people are former stateless persons.
Astana, Kazakhstan. The national architecture on Sustainable Development Goals has been officially established in Kazakhstan by the Prime Minister’s Decree. This includes a Coordination Council on SDGs under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister, and five inter-sectoral working groups headed by national coordinators corresponding to 5 P’s of Sustainable Development (People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership).
On 7-8 June, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNHCR, UNICEF and ESCAP convened a regional meeting with Government and civil society representatives from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on “The Right to Legal Identity and Prevention of Statelessness in Central Asia”. States reaffirmed their partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF and ESCAP to ensure birth registration for prevention of childhood statelessness. Government Representatives expressed their intention to participate in the 2019 High Level Meeting on Statelessness in Geneva and to share achievements and, insofar as possible, present pledges to help end statelessness by 2024.
According to the UNHCR Global Report 2017, every minute 31 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution and violence. Over half of the world’s refugees are children under 18. 608 refugees and 209 asylum-seekers mostly coming from Afghanistan currently reside in Kazakhstan.
The United Nations in Kazakhstan with UNODC being a lead in cooperation with the USAID marked the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - 26 June - by opening a ten-day photo exhibition entitled “Each person counts: Kazakhstanis’ stories of the world drug problem in photographs” by renown photographer, Nick Danziger.