United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator praises Kazakhstan’s ‘force and speed of transformation’, highlights critical areas of UNDP support to Kazakhstan in the next 5 years
25 May 2016, Astana – UN Assistant Secretary-General, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (RBEC), Cihan Sultanoglu, was a key-note speaker at the conference “UNDP’s 50th anniversary: Exploring New Opportunities to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals,” held during the Astana Economic Forum.
The conference explored how UNDP’s 50 years of experience contributed to development processes in different countries, including Kazakhstan, and how the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified by Member States of the UN in 2015 are closely linked to Kazakhstan’s long-term vision such as Kazakhstan 2050 strategy, as well as medium-term programmes such as ‘100 concrete steps.’ Over the past 23 years of cooperation, UNDP has supported the Government of Kazakhstan at crucial stages of development: from creating sustainable livelihoods for the people in the early 1990s, to supporting new political, social and economic reforms; from recovering from environmental disasters to serving as a partner of choice for implementing the ‘next stage’ of institutional, policy and legislative development processes from 2010 onwards.
The Assistant Administrator highlighted four critical areas of UNDP support in the next five years: eradicating remaining inequalities; supporting ‘last mile’ governance reforms; building resilience to natural and man-made disasters; and tackling climate change, the greatest challenge of our time. UNDP will continue supporting Kazakhstan’s increasing role in regional and global discourse, and national and international efforts to promote the SDGs. “Looking back, I am very proud to witness the force and the speed of transformation of Kazakhstan. It has reached High Human Development status, ranking 56th out of 188 countries in 2015. Such great results cannot be underestimated, especially during periods of global financial and economic slowdown. More importantly, the leadership, and the strategic vision of Kazakhstan, which guided these transformations have not wavered. UNDP is honoured to have been part of these strategic development processes, providing timely technical and substantive support,” stated Ms. Sultanoglu.
“Over 20 years of its work UNDP has implemented around 180 projects in partnership with the Government, non-governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. These projects have helped to realize many interesting and innovative ideas which helped transform our country,” State Secretary of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova stated during the conference.