Towards a Common Vision for the 2030 Agenda in Central Asia

Nov 4, 2016


High-Level Regional Conference

Towards a Common Vision for the 2030 Agenda in Central Asia


November 2-4, 2016

Nomad meeting room, Hotel “Ramada”, 27/1 Baitursynov Street, Almaty, Kazakhstan


In November 2016, Almaty hosts a High-level Regional Conference “Common Vision for the 2030 Agenda in CA”, organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) as a regional entity working on environmental issues across Central Asia.


The three-day Regional Conference assembles representatives from government, civil society, academia and business community from the five Central Asian states, their key regional bodies as IFAS, ICSD as well as a wide range of international actors as various UN agencies and donor community as the EU, Russia and other stakeholders. The national, regional and international experts and decision makers have been gathered for a common agenda which is to jointly look at the common challenges and the many opportunities the path on SDGs offer them.

Among prominent guests: Mr. George Bouma – Sustainable Development Team/Cluster Leader, UNDP Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS; Mr. Rastislav Vrbensky - Manager, UNDP Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS; Mr. Jan Dusik – Director and Regional Representative, UNEP Regional Office for Europe; Mr. Heinrich Wyes, CAREC Deputy Executive Director; Mr. Norimasa Shimomura - UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Kazakhstan; Ms. Arystanbekova - Ambassodor at Large, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN, Mr. Imanaliev Daniyar Sharshenbekovich - Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vice-Minister; Mr. Davladzod Umed - Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Deputy Minister; Mr. Abayev G.  - Ministry of agriculture and water resources, Head of the Department of water management; Mr. Vohidjon Khaitboev - State Committee on Nature Protection, Deputy Head of Department on Economy and Nature Protection; Dmitry Maksimychev - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Director, Department of International Organizations, Ms. Natalia Nikitenko - Member of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Aidin Sharsheev - Section of Economics and Investments/Government’s apparatus of the the Kyrgyz Republic and many others.

The Conference is envisaged to establish a regional dialogue on SDGs with a distinct focus on Green Economy and delivering on the environmental dimension. The event will raise awareness, explore existing capacities, reinvigorate political will, commitments and encourage the engagement of regional and national stakeholders with respect to Central Asian developmental challenges and the ways to address them in a sustainable manner, through potential alignment of regional and national strategies with the SDGs. In that sense, it will serve as a platform to explore opportunities for developing joint regional actions for the 2030 Sustainable Development  (SD) Agenda.


The event will also facilitate debate of national issues related to the 2030 Agenda, the added value of the poverty-environment nexus in the SDGs discussion, such as integrated approach, mainstreaming sustainability into national and subnational planning processes and the role of strategic  partnerships.

Objectives of the Conference are:


·         To strengthen cooperation between national institutions and other stakeholders (NGOs, Academia, regional CSOs) on SDGs implementation at regional and national levels;

·         To inform on the latest developments with global, regional and national processes on follow up and review of the Agenda 2030 and the ways that sustainable development can materialize in CA;

·         To introduce the experience from the elaboration of the education curriculum and the joint vision for Agenda 2030 that was developed during CAREC regional training of trainers on SDGs;

·         To take stock and further explore issues on thematic areas of green economy (e.g. agriculture, ecosystems based adaptation, natural capital) and financing for SD;

·         To formulate a joint statement and a list of actions for SDG support and implementation at CA regional level.


By exploring the above objectives and by discussing the relevant national issues in-depth, the participants of the Conference will come to a shared understanding of the challenges ahead and produce a non-binding, consensus-based Outcome Document by including key messages across the board:


·         Regional, cross-border approach is a key for environmental SDGs in Central Asia;

·         Measurement of Environmental Progress represent a common challenge, but also an opportunity for cooperation—there is a need of Green Economy indicators to track progress in a Green Economy; and

·         Integrated policy making (reflecting environmental, economic, and social aspects) is required to achieve SDGs.


For further cooperation and any questions, please contact:

Mihail Peleah
Tel +90 850 288 2104

Dina Teltayeva
Tel + 7 717 269 65 44 (2124)

Saltanat Zhakenova
Тел +7 727 2654327; 2654342 (ext. 177)

Nina Kumambetova
Tel +7 727 2654327; 2654342 (ext. 301)

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