Alikhan Smalilov, first deputy prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, met with the heads of UN agencies and programs accredited in the country led by Norimasa Shimomura, UN resident coordinator in Kazakhstan, in the Government House on October 31, 2019.
The sides discussed Kazakhstan’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development approved in 2015 that includes 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the First Deputy Prime Minister Smailov, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda would play a key role in addressing pressing global challenges, including saving humanity from poverty and “healing” the planet.
The participants exchanged opinions on the progress of the implementation and localization of the SDGs in Kazakhstan, welcomed the positive results and outlined existing issues in the further implementation of these goals.
In this respect, the First Deputy Prime Minister emphasized the need to step up activities to implement the SDGs within the Coordination Council that he chairs and that consists of concerned government agencies and the UN country team.
Following the meeting, Alikhan Smailov said that all proposals and recommendations of UN representatives would be submitted to the relevant government agencies for a comprehensive analysis and subsequent application in day-to-day operations.
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