||24 February 2015
|KAZAKHSTAN: UNAI trainers from Al Farabi KazNU Introduced the Concept of Green Economy to students|
February 13, 2015. Bishkek – Trainers from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) has developed a training module “The Introduction to Green Economy: Concepts and Challenges” within the framework of the series of activities of the Hub of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) on Sustainability. The module has been envisioned to introduce the basic concepts of Green Economy to students and faculty not only in Kazakhstan, but also in all neighboring countries of Central Asia and possibly beyond.
The first training session of the UNAI module was delivered at Arabayev Kyrgyz National University (KNU) and Karasayev Bishkek Humanities University (BHU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The students and faculty learned about the work of the United Nations and its agencies on mitigating the impact of the climate change and recommendations on the “greening economies” including supporting energy saving and promoting alternative transportation and other measures. Project participants have completed the training module on Green Economy and Sustainable Development, which was a product of collaboration between Al-Farabi KazNU and MDP/Global Classroom of Earth Institute at Columbia University. Students plan to implement some of these recommendations into practice in collaboration with faculty, government agencies and international organizations.
Rafis Abazov, one of the trainers and a member of Al-Farabi KazNU delegation, said: "Young people, especially students, can contribute to addressing environmental issues because they will live in the future in "green economy”. The other trainer – Konstantin Shultz (who is also a founder of Europe-Asian Business Forum) – suggested practical ideas in converting private businesses and private initiatives into the “engine of effective sustainable development” in the Eurasian space.
Al Farabi KazNU’s initiative "Green Bridge through Generations" is a program of promoting awareness of and support for sustainable development in energy and ecological strategy among young people with focus on students and young scholars.
The purpose of the Kazakh initiative "Green Bridge" is to create long-term and integrated strategy and a mechanism for communication of existing institutions for sustainable development to the real economy (for details please see: http://greenbridge.kaznu.kz/index.php/en/ ).
The program MDP/Global Classroom, Columbia University, is an international platform for scientific and educational cooperation in the field of practical solutions for sustainable development (for details please see: http://globalmdp.org/mdp-program/global-classroom-overview).
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 conference with its own panel. In 2014 Al Farabi KazNU was designated as the Global Hub UNAI on sustainability.
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