Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019: Ambitions beyond growth

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Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019: Ambitions beyond growth 08.04.2019 13:34

April 4, 2019 Al-Farabi Kazakh National University hosted the presentation of the Economic and Social Survey of the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) for 2019: Growth Ambitions.

This event was held by the ESCAP Subregional Office for Northern and Central Asia in conjunction with the Ban Ki Moon Institute for Sustainable Development and the Faculty of Geography.

The launch of the Review was attended by representatives of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, the Qazaq-Afghan Association for Development and Partnership “AFGQAZ”, the Afghan Information Agency, representatives of the UN in Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and students of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, as well as representatives of Government and Diplomatic officials, academics, journalists and students.

The presentation was opened by the Director of the Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development, Rafis Abazov. He began his presentation with a quote by Benjamin Franklin “The best investments are investments in education” and spoke about the importance of optimizing the investment policy in the social and economic program for young people. He also emphasized the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Especially the achievement of SDG # 8 (decent work) requires more focused training in skills and competences, so that young people, after graduation, find their place in the modern labor market in the digitalization of Kazakhstan.

The project was presented by Nikolay Pomoshchnikov, Head of the ESCAP subregional office in North and Central Asia. He noted that, despite the rapid economic growth, too many people do not have enough opportunities in their lives. At the same time, environmental degradation has reached an alarming level, which threatens the sustainability of past development achievements and the APR, and therefore an investment of $ 1.5 trillion per year is needed to achieve the SDGs. According to him, maintaining the old paradigm of ensuring GDP growth at any price is neither feasible nor desirable.

In turn, Abdurahim Mukhidov, UN representative, acting director of UNIC, welcomed the participants and mentioned the importance of good education and an active social position for young people.

Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Environmental Management at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Vitaly Salnikov emphasized the need for closer cooperation in the field of research and the preparation of new curricula. He spoke about the opening of a new curriculum on sustainable development at the master`s degree of the KazNU.

Following the presentation, joint recommendations aimed at improving the quality of education for young people were developed. During the discussion, investment areas such as education, health, infrastructure and climate, which are particularly important for developing countries, were also discussed.

In closing remarks, the Director of the Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development, Rafis Abazov, thanked all the participants of the event. He noted that today's active discussion was the result of a free and constructive exchange of views and a contribution to a better understanding of the lessons of youth policy in the APR countries.


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