“The future we want!” – National consultations in Almaty on post 2015 agenda.

29 January 2013

UNFPA Sub-Regional office for Central Asia and Kazakhstan Country office took a lead in facilitation of national consultations on the development agenda after 2015 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a country chosen one of other six countries for the consultation in Eastern Europe and the CIS.

A Town Hall meeting was held in Almaty on January 29th in the context of the National Consultations on the post 2015 development agenda. The meeting brought together representatives of local and central government authorities, the civil society and NGOs, , the private sector, international organizations, and young people driven by one goal - to help shape the future we want.

In his opening remarks Nikolai Botev, Director of UNPFA's Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia, acting also as UN Resident Coordinator a.i. thanked the Mayor's Office of Almaty for their collaboration in the organization of the meeting and ensuring the participation of a wide range of stakeholders. He emphasized that "it is important that in the consultations on post-2015 agenda, every voice is heard and counted". The point was further developed by the moderator, Ms. Nargiza Jorobayeva who highlighted that "the main principles of national consultations are sustainability and inclusive participation".

Debates on the Post 2015 agenda started from defining the existing challenges in the sphere of regional development and making prognosis of the most vital problems that the population of Kazakhstan may confront within the next 10 years.

The president of Association for Reproductive Health, representing IPPF in the country stressed that for Kazakhstan there are still challenges in achieving the second objective of MDG 5, universal access to SRH services. 

"Special accent need to be made to ensuring access to SRH services for young people, and especially for adolescent girls, we should not forget that they are future of the nation".

According to the last figures in Kazakhstan the unmet needs for family planning stands at 11.6%. Annually there are more than 10,000 births to girls aged 15 to 19 years, and the number of abortions is likely to be significantly higher.

One of the burning issues for people of Kazakhstan is respect for human rights, especially of most vulnerable groups - imprisoned people, migrants, people with disabilities, and those living below the poverty line. 
"The economic, political and demographic development has led to the fact that Kazakhstan became a destination country for labour migration, in this situation the right-based approach to health services for migrants needs to be prioritized".













The issue of gender equality has also received its coverage; in particular a representative from UN Women has raised the issue of wage difference for women and men, corresponding to over-representation of men in the better-paid positions.  "The economic vulnerability of women is also determined by their over-representation in the self-employment category with lower wages and larger social vulnerability"

The younger generation stood for their integration and active participation in all spheres of society: - "As the future leaders we are eager to exploit our full civic potential starting today and participate in all social and political processes".

A consensus was achieved that the new development agenda should follow an existing path but be focused on the needs of the most vulnerable groups and their integration into the modern society; further actions should be taken for improvement of women's status and gender equality in the world; special attention to be paid to population ageing problem and rapid growth of non-communicable diseases.














Summarizing the discussions in his closing remarks Mr. Botev emphasized the focus that was put on inclusiveness and at the same time on the needs of the most vulnerable groups. "The issues of maternal and child health and improved access to reproductive health services, especially for young people, were deemed by most participants as requiring continued attention" he emphasized. "The vision of the future which the Almatinians want, is an inspiring one" he concluded and assured the participants that the UN agencies will continue to work with all stakeholders towards a better future for all.