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FAO putting down roots in Kazakhstan

Ending hunger and other goals where FAO plays an active role are part of a globally agreed agenda for the next 15 years. It was only natural, then, for FAO’s representative in Kazakhstan to take part in a recent tree-planting ceremony designed to draw public attention to those goals.

To raise public awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to the greening of Astana city, the United Nations in partnership with the Sustainable Development Earth Foundation planted poplar trees at the Kazakhstan State University of Humanities and Law here on 6 May. Seventy trees were planted, as a nod to the UN’s 70th anniversary.

At the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York last fall, 193 countries adopted new global goals for the period 2016-30. “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Issues related to food, agriculture and the environment are integrated among the 17 goals and their 169 targets:

  • Goal 1, to end poverty, includes targets on social protection, land rights and resilience.
  • Goal 2 is dedicated to ending hunger, improving food security and nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.
  • With Goal 14, the link between food security and natural resources features prominently.
  • With Goal 15 on ecosystems, biodiversity, forests and land, the same is true.

FAO has a role to play in achieving other goals, too: on water, energy, gender, climate, and consumption and production.

The Organization now works with countries and other partners to implement and monitor progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In Kazakhstan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other partners, UN agencies are conducting a year-long information campaign on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Tree planting was the first event, with the diplomatic community, UN staff, and many young people in attendance.

Inaugurated in late-April 2016, the FAO Partnership and Liaison Office here considers support to Kazakhstan in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as one of its top priorities in the country.

19 May 2016, Astana, Kazakhstan

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