On 23rd of March of this year Bolat Bekniaz, Director of the Executive Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral in the Republic of Kazakhstan (IFAS), and the UN Resident Coordinator and Director of the Global Sustainable Development Center Rio + Nicky Fabianchik signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, the key areas of which are water management, environmental protection, climate change and measures to adapt and mitigate climate change.
The heads of the IFAS and the Rio + Center discussed possible ways of cooperation in the implementation of joint projects aimed at solving the problems of the Aral Sea, restoring its water area, gardening the drained bottom and improving the welfare of the inhabitants of the Aral Sea. Bolat Bekniaz informed the interlocutor about the mission and main objectives of the IFAS in Kazakhstan, about projects implemented by the Fund jointly with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank in the framework of the integrated use of water resources and the environmental monitoring of the Ramsar wetlands, the Syrdarya delta and the small Aral Sea, the creation of biosphere reserves, the development of sustainable marketable fishing in the context of the introduction of green economy principles in the Aral Sea basin, and support for alternative activities. The parties stressed the importance of attracting financial assistance, innovations and the latest technologies for successful and effective implementation of projects in the field of sustainable development.
Niki Fabianchik invited Kazakhstani experts to the Global Forum on Innovation, New Technologies and Sustainable Development, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro this November, to enhance bilateral cooperation and agree on concrete proposals for the implementation of joint projects.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the Plenipotentiary Representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan under the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (EC IFAS) Dauletiyar Bayalimov and Serik Bekmaganbetov, representative of the Rio + Center for relations and partnership Lauren Mueller Camarena and others.
The World Sustainable Development Center Rio + is one of the 6 global centers of best practice for UNDP (other centers are located in Nairobi, Seoul, Singapore, Istanbul and Oslo). The Center was established on June 24, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro as one of the key legacies of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio + 20”. The founding partners of the Center are the Federal Government of Brazil, UNDP, the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth, the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), the International Labor Organization, the Institute for Advanced Studies of the United Nations University, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES ), etc. The Center is co-financed by UNDP and the Government of Brazil. The organization’s mission is to promote and ensure the inextricable link between social, economic and environmental development, which is the basis for sustainable development, through analysis, advocacy and wide-ranging dialogue. The Rio + Center regularly participates in all international events through UNDP, representing not only Brazil, but also the South American region. In July 2017, the Center, in cooperation with the UNDP office in Kazakhstan, held two screenings of the documentary film “Baixada Nunca Se Rende” (Baishada never gives up) in Astana, UNDP Country Office in Kazakhstan and the UN Pavilion at EXPO-2017.