The Sustainable Development Goals in Kyrgyz Republic
The UN and its partners in Kyrgyzstan are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice for development that works for all people. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important to act in cooperation.
08 February 2023
UN Peacebuilding Fund Joint Steering Committee Reviews Ongoing and New Projects in the Kyrgyz Republic
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - The Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UN PBF) held its meeting today, co-chaired by the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Antje Grawe, and the Head of the Department for Political and Economic Research of the Presidential Administration, Mr. Almas Isanov. The JSC, composed of government representatives, UN, development partners, and civil society, provides crucial oversight for UN PBF peacebuilding and social cohesion projects in the Kyrgyz Republic. Since 2010, the UN PBF has allocated a total of $56 million to support peace initiatives in the country. The current phase of UN PBF's work for the period of 2021-2026, based on the request of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Japarov, focuses on promoting transparent governance, inclusive civic identity, and trust and cooperation between border communities. At the meeting, progress was presented on three projects with a total budget of $5.1 million. Discussions were also held on two additional projects with a total budget of $3.9 million, aimed at promoting local peace initiatives, including those led by women and closer partnerships between government and civil society at local level. The UN Resident Coordinator emphasized the importance of building trust at all levels and reminded attendees that UN PBF projects aim to foster a culture of peace in society whilst building capacities and providing platforms for peaceful resolution of differences. The Head of the Department for Political and Economic Research of the Presidential Administration, Mr. Almas Isanov, underlined the importance of further preserving and strengthening tolerance and inclusivity in the country as prerequisites for peace and economic prosperity. The Joint Steering Committee plays a critical role in ensuring accountability and sustainability of UN PBF-supported initiatives in the Kyrgyz Republic. These initiatives will continue to support peace and social cohesion efforts. *** Please click this link to see pictures from the event
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24 January 2023
UN calls for cross-sectoral approach to transform education system in Kyrgyzstan
According to UNICEF’s global report ‘Are children really learning?’, in Kyrgyzstan, more than half of the children aged 10 and attending Grade 3 do not have foundational reading and numeracy skills. It means that in a class of 40 children, only 12 students would be able to read a textbook designed for their age. This learning crisis disproportionally affects the most vulnerable children and is a major driver of inter-generational poverty and inequality. Also, as 38 per cent of the country’s population are currently children under the age of 18, it is estimated that within the next decade, every year, over 350,000 young people will be entering the labour market. Therefore, it is critical to invest in enhancing their employability and specific job skills that prepare them adequately for the local market now. The UN in the Kyrgyz Republic reiterates its continued support to the realization of Kyrgyzstan’s national commitments, which the Kyrgyz Government articulated during the Transforming Education Summit (TES), convened by the UN Secretary-General in New York in September 2022. These commitments will help accelerate reforms to transform Kyrgyzstan’s education system to make it fitter for the future: more relevant, more inclusive and more adaptive to future challenges. Education plays a critical role in human capital development and can serve to accelerate progress towards national development priorities and all the Sustainable Development Goals. It requires a cross-sectoral approach, and the UN Country Team in the Kyrgyz Republic is committed to supporting such approach, together, in the spirit of this year‘s theme of the International Day of Education: “to invest in people, prioritize education”.
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25 January 2023
Switzerland allocates over USD 9 million to support most vulnerable rural communities in climate change and disaster risks resilience
The Government of Switzerland will allocate over USD 9 million for the WFP CSP pillar aimed at building the resilience of the most vulnerable rural communities against climate change and disaster risks. This component is being implemented by WFP in partnership with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic. The activities will cover Osh, Batken, Jalalabad and Naryn provinces and support around 250,000 most vulnerable households, as well as targeted local authorities and institutions on the national level to build a systemic approach in managing hazards, such as droughts, mudslides, floods, etc. Reliable and timely climate information, disaster-resilient planning and selected infrastructure support will be provided to the beneficiaries. Disaster risk management activities will also be strengthened to prepare for climate related hazards and reduce their impact on food and nutrition security. The vulnerable communities will be provided with food security and livestock insurance tools and will be trained on build-back-better mechanisms. The contribution implementation is foreseen for the next five years. For more information about the project and WFP, please contact: Almaz Tchoroev, Communications Officer, tel: +996 550 577 597, email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on Swiss Development Cooperation, please contact: Tursunai Chodurova, Communications Officer, Swiss Embassy/Bishkek, tel: +996 770 710054, email: email@example.com *** The Government of Switzerland provides assistance for the development of the Kyrgyz Republic. Since 1994, Switzerland has granted around CHF 500 million to Kyrgyzstan in the form of technical, financial and humanitarian support. For more information, please visit https://www.eda.admin.ch/bishkek. Follow us on www.facebook.com/SwissEmbassyKyrgyzstan www.instagram.com/swissembkyrgyz The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change. Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/WorldFoodProgrammeKyrgyzstan/, https://www.instagram.com/wfp_kyrgyzstan
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