||25 December 2014
|KAZAKHSTAN: Conference on New Paradigm of Sustainability was held in Almaty|
November 05-07, 2014. Almaty An international conference “New Paradigm of Sustainable Human Development: G-Global – a New Form of Global Dialogue” was organized by Al Farabi Kazakh National University (Al Farabi KazNU) jointly with the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, World Future Council and some other organizations. The focus of the conference – which was organized within the context of activities of Al Farabi KazNU as a Global Hub of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Program on Sustainability – was on the most pressing issues of sustainable development goals (SDG) and sustainable development policies in the 21st century.
During the forum the participants discussed not only the existing challenges to the SDGs and the recommendations suggested at various global forums, such as the RIO+20 Declaration, Education Program of the UNESCO on Sustainable Development, and many other examples, but also the ways how those ideas and recommendations could be implemented at the global, national and local levels. The intellectual discussions at the conference focused on combining collaborative efforts and mobilizing intellectual potential of think tanks and universities from around the world to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and plans for sustainable development in the post-2015 environment.
The Forum was attended by such prominent figures as Mr. Kasym-Jomart Tokayev, ab Chairman of the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, a Mayor of Almaty City, Olzhas Suleimenov, President of “Culture” Kazakhstan’s Foundation for UNESCO, Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, a President of World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ivo Straus, a Honorary President of World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Roberto Peccei, Vice-President of the Club of Rome, Alexander Likhotal, a President of Green Cross International, and other dignitaries.
Al Farabi KazNU has not only contributed to the international discourse on the changing paradigm of sustainability and the global challenges in the 21st centuries to the humanity, but also suggested new practical ideas for moving forward into sustainable future. The ten paradigms within the context of G-Global initiative and the idea to used G-global platform has been offered by Mr. Kasym-Jomart Tokayev.
Al Farabi KazNU has been one of the leaders in education for sustainable development both in the country and in the region. The university has been designated as the Global Hub UNAI on sustainability and actively contributed to the RIO+20 UN Forum, the Astana Economic Forum and many other events According to the rector of the KazNU Dr. Galymkair Mutanov "this event brought together world-class experts on sustainable development and environmental studies."
The participants of the “New Paradigm of Sustainable Human Development: G-Global – a New Form of Global Dialogue” agreed to contribute a global discussion forum G-Global, joining the website: http://group-global.org and putting forward their suggestions, comments and recommendations.
The purpose of the “New Paradigm of Sustainable Human Development: G-Global – a New Form of Global Dialogue” is to create an international platform for discussing and solving the problems of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the 21st century (for more information please see: http://group-global.org/en/news/speech-senator-ktokayev-conference-new-paradigm-sustainable-human-development-g-global-global ).
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI, established in 2010) is a United Nations initiative to bring together the institutions of higher education, scholarship and research into a global network. It aims to generate a “global movement of minds to promote a new culture of intellectual social responsibility.” It promotes 10 principles, including commitment to principles inherent to the UN Chapter; commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity; building capacity in higher education systems across the world, encouraging global citizenship through education and some others. (for details please see: http://outreach.un.org/unai/ )
Al-Farabi Kazakh National University has been working for several years in the field of research and training on sustainable development in cooperation with international organizations and leading universities around the world. Cooperation with the program MDP / Global Classroom at Columbia University began in September 2011. Columbia University and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University also work within an innovative training program on sustainable development and the impact of climate change on development in various areas of Almaty and Kazakhstan. Al Farabi KazNU was the only university to Central Asia to participate in RIO+20 UN Conferences with its own panel. In 2014 Al Farabi KazNU was designated as the Global Hub UNAI on sustainability.
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