Kyrgyz Republic fast facts
Key cross-sectoral policies:
National Sustainable Development Strategy (2018-2023) and Action Plan (2019-2023)
Sustainable Development Strategy 2040
Unity, Trust and Creation (five-year development programme)
Key thematic and sectoral focuses in 2018:
Green economy modelling support for Ministry of Economy
Green finance and sustainable public procurement
Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment
Support for National Strategy for Green Economy and Climate Change Learning
South-South exchange with Mongolia
Green economy data journalism training
The government of the Kyrgyz Republic is committed to:
- reversing environmental degradation trends, and
- capturing opportunities for economic growth that is both inclusive and sustainable.
In order to transition to more sustainable development pathways through advancement of green economy approaches the country has:
- Adopted a long-term National Development Strategy 2040
- Prepared a five-year development programme Unity, Trust and Creation
PAGE has prioritized support to advance the integration of inclusive green economy goals and targets into the government’s national planning processes.
Progress in 2018: A Snapshot
Strategizing for Sustainability
In November 2018, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic signed the Decree “On the National Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2018–2040”.
To realize the Strategy 2040, the Government has prepared a five-year development programme “Unity, Trust and Creation” (2018-2023) that provides a medium-term framework for all national, sector and sub-national strategies, including those linked to the environment and climate change.
These two key policy milestones promote a green economy transition and have been directly supported by PAGE.
Assessing Green Economy learning needs
PAGE has developed a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment for the Kyrgyz Republic, in partnership with the American University of Central Asia.
The report has already been used in its draft form to inform the formulation of the national green economy learning strategy, which is being developed in collaboration with a UN CC: Learn project. Other recommendations from the report will be taken up through PAGE capacity building activities.
Green Economy Week
PAGE has partnered with GIZ to support the Ministry of Economy’s Green Week and Green Forum to further assist the country towards a transition to a greener and more inclusive economy.
The annual high-level dialogue is designed to raise awareness and understanding of a common country-wide green economy approach, and to convene national and international stakeholders for in-depth strategic and technical debates and discussion.
The Green Economy Forum was also used to validate and adopt Resolutions on the National Programme and Action Plan, sustainable finance, and the establishment of a Cleaner Production Center.
Towards a Sustainable Finance Roadmap
The OECD has joined PAGE, GIZ and the OSCE to support the Ministry of Economy to develop a Sustainable Finance Roadmap for Sustainable Finance.
To support this process, PAGE, the OECD and the Ministry of Economy organized a Policy Dialogue in June 2018, where a draft Roadmap was presented. When finalized, the Roadmap will become an integral part of the upcoming Government Programme towards Green Economy.
Already, Kyrgyz actors have shown an impressive level of interest in the ongoing activities on sustainable finance. For instance, the Union of Banks and the Institute for Sustainable Development of Finance have recently joined the Sustainable Banking Network, and a Climate Finance Centre was established under the Government Office.
How does PAGE's work help the Kyrgyz Republic meet its objectives?
Outcome 1: National policymaking
To realize the National Development Strategy 2040, the Krygyz government has prepared a five-year development programme “Unity, Trust and Creation” covering the thematic and sectoral focus areas of finance, environment and climate change, trade, procurement, green cities, energy, economy and strategic planning.
These two key policy milestones have been directly supported by PAGE.
The Ministry of Economy has started to develop a National Programme towards Green Economy with a step-by-step inclusive green economy transition Action Plan (2019-2023), which integrates gender concerns and is directly aligned with the Strategy 2040, the five-year development programme and global commitments on achievement of the SDGs.
Also in 2018, PAGE:
- in collaboration with the GIZ Sustainable Economic Development Programme, started providing green economy modelling support to the Ministry of Economy within the context of the development of the National Programme towards Green Economy; and
- supported the Ministry of Economy’s Green Week and Green Forum, a high-level dialogue designed to raise awareness and understanding of a common country-wide green economy approach.
Outcome 2: Sectoral reform
In 2018, PAGE jointly with the OECD and the Ministry of Economy, organized a Policy Dialogue, where a draft of the Sustainable Finance Roadmap was presented, becoming an integral part of upcoming Government Programme towards Green Economy.
PAGE also developed a final draft of the Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment for the Kyrgyz Republic, in partnership with the American University of Central Asia. The recommendations of the report will be taken up through PAGE capacity building activities.
To work towards a green apparel industry in the Kyrgyz Republic, PAGE supported the organization of Apparel Week.
Also in 2018, the project “Enhancing sustainable public procurement for the regional transition to inclusive green economy in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia”, led by UNEP, in partnership with ECE and GGKP, was established. This project will support analysis of legislation on sustainable public procurement and identify priority products and technical specifications for public procurement.
Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity
Building on the findings and recommendations of the Green Economy Learning Assessment, PAGE has been teaming up with the one-UN partnership for Climate Change Education (UN CC:Learn) to promote the development and implementation of a National Strategy for Green Economy and Climate Change Learning.
The collaboration between Mongolia and the Kyrgyz Republic has been recognized by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation in this report that highlights the best practices in south-south and triangular cooperation throughout the entire UN system.
Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing
PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.
For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.
SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles
In the Kyrgyz Republic, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of SDGs 8, 11, 12, 13 and 17 by supporting green economy knowledge sharing and capacity building, promoting clean production, supporting the development of the National Programme and Action Plan Plan (2019-2023) for the country’s inclusive green economy transition, and providing assistance for partnership building with key stakeholders.