'Don't leave anyone aside'

19.06.2020

On Friday, June 19, the final sessions of the webinar on SDG linkages for central and local executive bodies and NGOs were held.

The second day of the online conference started with a discussion of the basic principle of the SDGs “Leave no one aside”.

Analyzing this principle, Elena Danilova-Cross (Program Specialist of the Department for Sustainable Development, UNDP Regional Office in Istanbul) outlined the main factors of inequality that some countries will have to work on as part of the SDG implementation:

1. Being “left behind” is often the result of the marginalization of social identity.
We are talking about social groups with an indefinite social status, which are excluded from the main socio-economic processes.

2. Overlapping inequalities can reinforce the experience of being left behind.

To prevent this factor, it is necessary to develop indicators of social classes and close the class gap.

3. The country-level averages hide significant disparities.

Average indicators often do not reflect the real picture of inequality, so it is important to conduct local research in this direction.

4. Reversing the “leave no one behind” principle requires sound laws and policies.

Given this factor, it is important for states to uphold the principle of equality at the legislative level.

5. An ambitious policy can produce quick or accelerated results.


As noted in the UN documents, although income disparities between countries appear to have narrowed, inequality within countries has worsened. There is a growing perception that economic growth alone does not reduce poverty. To reduce inequalities, policies that are inclusive, but responsive to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized groups, are recommended. In this regard, there is still a need to strengthen the role of developing countries in the decision-making forums of international economic and financial institutions.

In Kazakhstan, the principle "Leave no one aside" is implemented using special techniques. A business game "Mission 2030" was held in 17 regions of Kazakhstan. This tool was developed by the UN and is designed to take into account regional characteristics in the process of localizing SDGs, as well as to identify differences between regional challenges.

Zaur Ibragimov, Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic Research and Sustainable Development of the Economic Research Institute presented the results of the Mission 2030 business game to the webinar participants.

According to him, as a result of the measures taken, it was revealed that mainly the population in the regions is most concerned with the issues of quality health care (21%).  The second priority issue is education (14.5%). The third important area is employment (13.4%). Also, the population makes a significant emphasis on the development of cities and towns (10.8%).

During the “Mission 2030” seminars, residents of the regions pointed out the need to address issues related to infrastructure, drinking water quality, and corruption.
The total number of participants in Mission 2030 was 750 people, of which 33.5% were men and 66.5% were women.

Z. Ibragimov noted that within the framework of the seminars, representatives of different age groups were covered. The majority of participants (46%) were representatives of the population from 19 to 35 years old, and 38% from 36 to 60 years old. The remaining 12% are between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% over 60 years old.

The webinar ended in an interactive manner. The experts answered questions, explaining in detail and analyzing the addresses of the conference participants.


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