Speech by Lyazat Askarova at the session “Partnership for Sustainable Development in Central Asia”

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On April 20, 2020, the final plenary session “Partnership for Sustainable Development in Central Asia” was held within the framework of the 1st International Scientific Online Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation. This is the third forum organized by the Kazakh PhD Association together with Loughborough University. The Forum is an initiative launched in 2018 aimed at strengthening the integration of science to implement the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and improve the quality of life in Central Asia for present and future generations

It is an honor for me to present at this forum the activities of the Public Institute of SDG-2030 in Kazakhstan created by our initiative. I present to you theses of my speech and prepared slides (they will be in English and Russian).


The very idea of creating the Public Institute of SDG-2030 appeared on the basis that we – a number of non-governmental organizations of Kazakhstan – have been working for several years on the topic of green economy, support for the interests of women and youth – and for the most part these are innovative projects. You can read about it on our websites.


The ideological inspiration of the project was Saltanat Temirkulovna Rahimbekova. She, as the green leader of our country, believes that 14 Goals out of 17 are directly related to the green economy and the environment.

I have picked up this idea and am the coordinator of this project. As one of the leaders of two women ‘s NGOs, I believe that the program of sustainable development until 2030 cannot be implemented without the participation of women, including those living and working in rural areas – this is first. Secondly, the active participation of youth for sustainable development is central to achieving a sustainable, inclusive and stable society by 2030.


The main rationale for our activities is the UN Resolution “Transforming our world for sustainable development until 2030.”

And of course, the Voluntary National Review presented by Kazakhstan in July 2019 to the UN. Even a few of the figures from this review featured on the slide suggest we have something to work on.


The theme of SDGs has become very attractive for us also because thanks to our events we open literally real stars from various spheres of activity Therefore, the goal of our public institution is expressed in the fact that we wanted to consolidate representatives of different target groups around the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 on the basis of the principle “no one should be left out.


This is facilitated by the call of the UN Decade of Active Action that each of us can make the Global Goals our own. And we have gathered such 17 Leaders among rural women and 17 Leaders among youth! So we personalized 17 Goals in our own way and on their example show each person that each of us can do it!

I want to give you some examples.


Svetlana Mauteeva – head of the farm Nur, West Kazakhstan region. She employs 200 people, and all, thanks to her care, have free housing, constant work and social packages of necessary services. It thus addresses the problems of low living standards and unemployment in rural regions.

Sholpana Turdysheva started with a greenhouse of 200 square meters, which he and her husband built from discarded window frames. Now it has a greenhouse of 2000 square meters, created an agricultural cooperative of 12 people, and it produces environmentally friendly vegetable products.


And if the Leader of SDG 5 “Gender Equality” Bibigul Kalel represents a real living example of how it is possible to be a mother of 6 children and doctor of technical sciences and at the same time to engage in social activities precisely to preserve family values.

Young Leader Adina Hamitova is introducing a program to train girls in gender-sensitive STEM technologies (5.b Make greater use of high-performance technologies, in particular information and communication technologies, to promote women ‘s empowerment). At the same time it was included into the very first list of the most successful young people according to Forbes 30#30 2018 years.


SDG Leaders 7 “Low Cost and Clean Energy”

Diyaz Bayseitov headed the Nazarbayev University Technopark with the first RE test site, was at the origin of the creation of the corporate R & D Laboratory of the BI Group Holding in the sphere of innovation on new materials, energy saving and smart solutions and it is even called the first Kazakhstan “sun column”

Galina Schneider, Director, Green Necklace Center, Kostanay Region, shows everyone an example of how low-cost and clean energy can be properly applied throughout


Irina Gallyamova as Governor of Oryol rural district (Pavlodar region) in her village created all conditions that out of 628 citizens of working age 90% were provided with a decent slave

Young Leader of SDG 8 Emin Askerov is a well-known founder of the School of Social Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan, which also provides decent work for people with disabilities.


In the House of Mercy “Karlygash” (Solovevo of East Kazakhstan region) much is being done to adapt people of old age to the local community, thus contributing to the reduction of inequality. And this is done by its director Irina Zaytseva – Leader of SDG 10 “Reducing Inequality.”

Very talented young man Amir Suleimenov by chance ended up in a wheelchair, but did not break and created “Innovative School of Internet Technologies,” where teaches people from socially vulnerable sectors of the population, moms with children, rural residents, proving that there should be no inequality between people. At the same time, he is a very active public figure, whom both the President and many ministers know.


We are all very proud of Natalia Milyuk, akim of Zarechenskiy rural district of Akmola region. This rural district is a model of a sustainable village. Every year within the framework of social responsibility of business about 100 million tenge is invested in the social sphere of the rural district. The village has a weightlifting school, the most modern House of Culture, a kindergarten and a school. Although the village is 500 km from the regional center.

Our young Leader Saule Zhantlesova lives in the small village of Smyrnovo, North Kazakhstan region. She is an individual entrepreneur “HappyGenerationKZ” and has established a fitness center for rural women and other leisure activities, as well as livestock breeding She is therefore the Leader of SDG 11 “Sustainable Human Settlements,” like our previous heroin


We can tell at least an hour about the project of the ecological village Tuan Zher – Native Earth in Pavlodar region. Here 20,000 trees have been planted in the semi-empty zone by one family, and these are real “Gardens of Happiness.” Therefore, the eco-activist Galina Brauer – our Leader of SDG 15 “Preservation of terrestrial ecosystems”

Oxana Volkova-Mikhalskaya, Director of Women ‘s Ray, Stepnogorsk Akmola Region, Leader of SDG 13 “Fight against Climate Change.” On the example of its non-governmental organization, it shows how to create green jobs, save energy resources and budget up to 15 million tenge and this is all in the Crisis Center for women and young people.


Zauresh Alimbetova is the only woman, director of the reserve in Kazakhstan, with the most extreme in natural conditions – Barsakelmes Reserve on the Aral Sea . Are engaged here in conservation and restoration of populations of rare species of animals and plants, planting trees on the former sea floor

Asel Baimukanova is an active defender for the preservation of the ecosystem of the Caspian Sea, in particular, the only marine mammal endemic to the Caspian seal. And at the same time does all this with such passion that we are all ready to support all her initiatives! She is the permanent speaker of all environmental forums and recently became an ecoambassador of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology of Water Resources.


All activities of the young Leader Rafael Hasanov, the creator of the Association of Graduates of Orphanages, Deputy Chairman of the Republican Special Monitoring Group on Anti-Corruption is an example of how to promote the creation of a peaceful and sustainable society.

Our Leader of SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and Sustainable Institutions” Aliya Absemetova – media volunteer, public figure to raise funds for children with cancer and CPD) aspires to the same. At the same time she is the mother of 9 children, of which 7 are foster children Children of 6 nationalities are brought up in the family Y. She is the only winner in Kazakhstan of the Order of the Turkic World “Mehriban ana” – a public award for outstanding women mi


And in conclusion I want to say that we try to do everything to record their Status of Leader with special commemorative signs and Letters of Gratitude signed by the Ministers.


On this slide we showed information about where we have already presented information about the activities of the Public Institute.

June – November 2019. The theme is SDG-2030 in all 14 regional and republican forums of rural women.

July 2019 Information seminar on “Implementation of SDGs in Kazakhstan for media representatives in UNDP (Nur-Sultan)

September 2019 FAO International Regional Conference. Hungary. Rakhimekova S.T. performance.

October, 2019. International Conference of the Union of Women of Russia “Social Innovations in the Implementation of National Projects in Rural Areas,” Saratov. Askarova L.K. performance.

October 2019 Regional Dialogue on Partnership for Climate Action, Hungary Speech by the Leader of SDG 17 Bakytgul Elchibayeva

November 2019 UN Regional Expert Meeting. Promotion of measures to nationalize and localize gender-related Sustainable Development Goals, Speech by Askarova L.K.

March 2020 Global Women ‘s Summit, USA. Information was prepared for the Chairperson of the National Commission. (But the event did not take place due to quarantine).

April 2020 International Scientific Online Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation

Thanks to the asset collected by us in the implementation of this topic, we now have the honor to implement the grant of NAO “Center for Support of Civil Initiatives” on the topic “Involvement of civil society institutions in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Kazakhstan.”


And on the final slides – a link to our information resources, where we constantly post the most diverse information, the purpose of which is to educate and call for active action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for our children and the future.

As well as information about our partners who develop the Sustainable Development Goals with us.

I want to conclude with the words of Resolution 50, “We can be the first generation to end poverty, as we can also be the last generation to have a chance to save the planet. If we achieve our goals, this world will be better in 2030. “

Author: Lyazyat Askarova

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