Kazakhstan senate gives Global Goals stamp of approval

Nov 23, 2016

Kazakhstan senate meets about the Global Goals. Photo: UNDP in Kazakhstan

Senators in Kazakhstan today unanimously adopted a statement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), vowing to help finance and raise awareness of the goals among the general public, and promising to integrate them in nationwide development efforts.

“We are convinced that progress towards the SDGs will help Kazakhstan to improve people’s well-being and fulfill its aspiration to join the 30 most developed nations in the world,” said the statement.

Adopted by world leaders in 2015, the SDGs are 17 internationally-agreed goals to eliminate poverty, and create more prosperous and equitable societies without compromising the environment.

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently working with other line ministries to ensure the Goals serve as a reference and method for implementing all local and national development programmes.

The Parliament of Kazakhstan plays a crucial role in the country’s vision and decision-making, ratifying international agreements, translating the SDGs into binding national laws that respond to country-specific development priorities, and monitoring their implementation.

“Kazakhstan today is ready to be a leader in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and serve as an example for the countries of the region,” said Dariga Nazarbayeva, Head of the Senate Committee on International Relations, Defense and Security.

“What I have seen in this country is an unprecedented push to achieve the Goals at all levels,” said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Norimasa Shimomura. “We’ve seen Kazakhstan reduce poverty. Now is the time to make sure no one is left behind”.

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