From April 10 to 20, 2020 we witnessed a unique event – III Central Asian Scientific Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation in online format, which was organized by young girls of Kazakhstan PhD Association in Great Britain – Aliya Sembayeva, Khalida Azhzhulova and Alphia Wright
The main purpose of the Forum is to provide a platform for talented researchers from Central Asia to present and discuss their breakthrough scientific projects on sustainable development of the region. The Forum also serves to find and involve potential partners from state bodies, business structures and public organizations in scientific projects aimed at sustainable development of Central Asian countries.
Expanded programme of the Forum: https://www.kpauk.org/ru/online-forum/
In this publication I would like to share my review of the final PLENARY SESSION of SDG 17 “Partnership and Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Central Asia.”
The moderators of the session were Gani Bekenov, Director of the Representative Office of the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbassa in Great Britain and Aliya Sembayeva, President of the Kazakh PhD Association in Great Britain, Co-Chairman of the Research Committee of the British-Kazakh Community
The final plenary session was presented with a strong cast of speakers.
The session was opened by Erlan Abilfaizovich Idrissov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Great Britain and member of the Advisory Board of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in Great Britain. The Speaker expressed a common understanding that the post-pandemic world would be quite different. The crisis has become so profound that Nature itself has made us a challenge. We can no longer be just passive observers of what is happening! And here we place great hopes on young people, on a new generation of young scientists. Erlan Abilfaizovich proposed to create a cluster of ideas for the implementation of SDGs by young scientists, who should unite to open windows in the great future.
Vlastimil Samek, representative of the UN Global Communications Department and Head of the UN Information Bureau in Kazakhstan. In his speech, he noted that all of us, in the context of the CV-19, had once again seen where we were vulnerable, and the bad side – new opportunities to change the world – the world into a post-coronovirus era. Transport systems will change, there will be fewer greenhouse gases and new approaches to waste management are needed – all that strongly affects climate change. Even the Sustainable Development Goals will now have new approaches, as stated by UN Secretary-General Gutteres. We need to build a more inclusive and equitable community, with a new view of school and education in general, with increased social services to the population and digitalization, which is becoming a key factor in communication today.
In my opinion, the next speaker Rupert Goodman, Chairman of the British-Kazakh Community, continued these ideas. He drew attention to the fact that all major international organizations put forward two initiatives: partnership and sustainability partnership and well-being. For example, the European Union today relies on well-being. The EBRD is ready to invest in the development of the green economy around the world, including in Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries. The World Bank will promote water security. USAID and NATO to develop security, terrorism and drug trafficking programs
Professor Steve Rothberg, Vice-Rector of Research at Lafborough University drew attention to the importance of developing a partnership in science and education. Today, in his opinion, the achievements of science should be taken into account in the development of State programs, and this can have a significant impact on the development of the economy.
Richard Everitt, Director of the British Council for Education in Europe and Central Asia, presented their initiatives to develop English for teachers as part of advanced training. Modern entrepreneurship development programs are offered for a number of department stores of Kazakhstan. And also voiced an invitation for Kazakh youth to enter universities in Great Britain.
In the speech of Sergei Stastkin, head of BBC World News commercial representative offices in Eurasia, I was most imbued that he drew attention to the fact that today it is important as a country positions itself at the international level, as builds external and internal communications. And most often external are those communications that are usually perceived as holding all kinds of exhibitions and other events. But today it is important for the outside world not only what other countries have told us, but WHAT and HOW it is done domestically! I think we all need to pay attention to that! It is necessary to create a quality economic brand, to create the image of the country abroad.
(Running a little ahead, I will say that thanks to this thought I told about the purpose for which in 2015 our International Organization Expo & Women was created – namely, for the purpose of global integration of women ‘s initiatives. Realizing these goals, thanks to the initiative of S. Rahimbekova, the Kazakh delegation became the co-organizer of the First International Forum at the ЕХРО-2015 in Milan, then the whole series of events at the ЕХРО-2017 in Astana, 2019 – participation of rural women in the ЕХРО-2019 events in Beijing. The result of all this – Recommendations of the ECRO International Exhibitions Bureau in Paris to hold special events with the participation of women at all ECRO We were preparing to hold a number of events at the Dubai ЕХРО-2020)
Tessa Daling, Director of Development of the international organization of young leaders One Young World, was invited to participate in the forum by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to England. And to us her speech seemed very close – she told about how they develop partnership within the framework of the activities of the School of Leaders, which operates already in 180 countries The results of their activities – three Nobel Prize winners The main principles – cooperation and collaboration between generations For example, mentors are Queen of the Netherlands, President Columbus And but the main goal of participation in this forum is to expand partnership with young people of Kazakhstan and Central Asia I think it has now become very close in time and this will be facilitated by our partnership with the PhD Association in Great Britain
There were three speakers from Kazakhstan. Farhad Kuanganov, Head of the Academy of Elbasa at the Foundation of the First President presented a number of programs on Leadership development in various fields, including science, support for rural youth and other projects.
Aliya Kairatova Galimov, Chairman of the Committee on Civil Society Affairs of the Ministry of Information and Public Development of Kazakhstan, told about what is being done in Kazakhstan to implement the SDG-2030. SDG indicators are included in all State programs. In 2019, Kazakhstan presented the first Voluntary National Review, which showed the results of achieving 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Kazakhstan In autumn this year it is planned to hold a National Civil Forum, where the issues of involvement of civil society in the implementation of the Central Center will be covered.
Lyazat Askarov (author), Executive Director of Expo & Women and Coordinator of the Public Institute of ЦУР-2030 in Kazakhstan created by us presented information about our activities in this direction But this will be devoted to a separate publication
The purpose of the Session is to bring together as many stakeholders as possible in achieving SDGs at both the local and global levels: representatives of government entities responsible for formulating and implementing policies to realize the economic and cultural potential of Central Asia; Industry representatives, including venture capital, interested in the potential benefits of investment in Central Asia; Both young and experienced scientists whose experience can be used as a bridge between the government and stakeholders in the industrial sector.
I think that goal has been achieved.
Author: Lyazyat Askarova