Kazakhstan and UN sign Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025
Kazakhstan and the United Nations signed a framework program for cooperation. The agreement will become the main document of the joint activities of Kazakhstan and the UN for the next five years. It was signed by First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov and the UN Resident Coordinator for Kazakhstan Norimasa Shimomura, press office of Kazakh Prime Minister reported.
The Agreement between Kazakhstan and the UN on Cooperation for Sustainable Development for 2021-2025 includes work in three areas: human development and equal participation; effective institutions, human rights and gender equality; sustainable environment and inclusive economic development.
“I have no doubts that the new program will further expand the prospects for our future cooperation and will provide a good basis for further ensuring of sustainable development of Kazakhstan and improving the well-being of our people,” said Smailov at the signing ceremony.
He stressed that almost all of Kazakhstan’s landmark international initiatives were first announced from the UN rostrum. In more than 27 years since Kazakhstan entered the UN, the country has managed to achieve a high level of partnership in all areas of activity.
The Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the most important areas of bilateral cooperation, Smailov highlighted.
In turn, Shimomura also said that over the past few years, Kazakh government and the UN team have carried out a large amount of joint work in this direction. In particular, fruitful cooperation has been established with local executive bodies and authorities, civil society and the private sector. Therefore the UN is expanding its support for Kazakhstan, he stated.
“This moment is a historic event for the UN Country Team as we are entering a new phase of cooperation with the government and people of Kazakhstan. We consider the new cooperation framework as a mechanism for further progress in the implementation of the 2030 agenda in Kazakhstan by consolidating the resources of strategic partners, including the government, civil society, academia, the private sector, the media, the international community and the UN,” Shimomura said.
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke about the importance of bilateral partnership in achieving the SDGs back in September last year, speaking at the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York, as well as during the meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. President Tokayev said that strengthening cooperation with the UN is a key vector of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.
After the signing of the agreement, Smailov and Shimomura indicated that in the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic, it is difficult to overestimate measures to mitigate the negative social and economic consequences of this global problem. Both sides therefore expressed confidence that through joint efforts they could overcome difficulties and make significant progress towards a lasting peace.