Kyrgyzstan presented the results of the Stockholm+50 national consultations in Kyrgyzstan

June 28, 2022
Stockholm+50 Kyrgyzstan results presentation

Stockholm+50 Kyrgyzstan results presentation

Meerim Ruslanbekova

Bishkek – 20 May 2022 – The presentation of the results of the "Stockholm+50" national consultations in Kyrgyzstan was held with the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision of the Kyrgyz Republic and with the assistance of UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic. The event was attended by the Head of the Political and Economic Research Department of the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision of the Kyrgyz Republic, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic, UNEP Regional Director, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, academia, business, media, expert community, representatives of ministries, departments and international organizations. During this event, the results of the "Stockholm+50" national consultations were presented, the purpose of which is to present the process of national consultations and present a national position paper for the international conference " Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity ".

On June 2 and 3, 2022, the Government of Sweden, with the support of the Government of Kenya, 50 years after the Stockholm Conference in 1972, will hold in Stockholm during the week of World Environment Day an international conference “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”, where the outcomes of the national consultations will be forwarded to.

Almaz Isanov, Head of the Political and Economic Research Department of the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic, in his welcoming speech noted: “By the decree of President Sadyr Nurgozhoevich Zhaparov, 2022 was declared the Year of Protection of Mountain Ecosystems and Climate Resilience. In this regard, we must show the cohesion of both large and small countries. We, that responsible part of the population, which thinks not only about humanity, but about human as a unit of the ecosystem, which is very important to understand. I would like to wish that openness, innovation and courage in thought are the three mottos of our process.”

In turn, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision of the Kyrgyz Republic, Beksultan Ibraimov, added that the Kyrgyz Republic is becoming more and more actively involved in the activities of the world community to curb global environmental threats every day: “It is gratifying to note that Stockholm+50 is an opportunity for our country assess progress and stimulate action towards the achievement of the SDGs.”

The Stockholm+50 process is an important moment for rethinking achievements and identifying a path to breakthrough. Kyrgyzstan has identified the following "hotspots" for action to maintain a healthy planet and shared prosperity. The choices we make or fail to make today, could result in further breakdown or – with our efforts – a breakthrough, towards a greener, better, safer future! We have entered a new age—the Anthropocene—in which humans are a dominant force shaping the future of the planet,” UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Monica Rijal emphasized, and she also addressed youth representatives with the words: “This country, and this planet, are yours. Your future and the survival of your children’s children depends on the decision we make today. While we all exist here as a gift of our ancestors, it is time that your generation considers your legacy. Frankly – my generation has not done enough to save the planet. But we are all the ancestors of children in the future. We must leave them a planet that is livable and where humanity can continue to thrive. We are looking forward to working together with all of you and taking action for people, the planet, and prosperity.”

National consultations as part of the preparation of Kyrgyzstan for the Stockholm+50 conference officially started on April 14, 2022 in Bishkek and took place in offline and online formats. With the start of the national consultations, in order to stimulate an inclusive dialogue with the participation of the whole society and the government, a series of focus group discussions of meetings with various stakeholder groups was organized, including the participation of deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh, the Cabinet of Ministers, government bodies, the academic and business communities in this process , representatives of the financial sector, women, youth and representatives of civil society, as well as with the participation of representatives of all seven regions of the country's regions.

During the national consultations, each meeting included an introductory presentation and an interactive session to discuss the key themes of the Stockholm+50 Leadership Dialogues:

Leadership Dialogue 1: Reflecting on the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all;

Leadership Dialogue 2: Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic;

Leadership Dialogue 3: Accelerating the implementation of the environmental dimension of Sustainable Development in the context of the Decade of Action.

Interactive sessions allowed participants to discuss the current situation and identify the necessary actions and partnerships at different levels to achieve the SDGs, economic recovery and harmonious coexistence between man and the environment. Based on the results of the national consultations, a national position paper of Kyrgyzstan was developed and presented during the event.

For more information on the position paper of Kyrgyzstan, please follow the link.

A video recording of the presentation of the results of the national consultations "Stockholm+50" is available here.