of the 9th Central Asian Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development
will be conducted as the follow up activity of the CAIEF in Tashkent
Background. The issues raised at the Central Asian International Environmental Forum (CAIEF) in Ashgabat in 2017 are equally relevant and strategically important for the Central Asian region: climate change and water cooperation in the context of sustainable development in Central Asia are the areas in which the countries should unite towards regional cooperation and an adequate response to environmental challenges.
In this regard, the role of young regional environmental leaders, new generation of managers in various sectors with global thinking, regional vision, understanding of the importance of regional cooperation, ready for innovations, having skills and competences in the field of sustainable development for the implementation of the Agenda-2030 and joint solution of water, climate change and other environmental and sustainable development issues, is growing up.
It is planned that in 2018 the flagship initiative of CAREC – CALP will receive a new development, in terms of its relationship with the themes of the CAIEF in Tashkent and strengthening of the role of young leaders of the region in the “Environment for Central Asia” process.
The main objectives of the 9th CALP are to develop capacity and understanding of young leaders about the trends, current and new challenges, existing opportunities and efforts to preserve the environment and achieve sustainable development in the Central Asian (CA) region, and also demonstrate the role of young leaders in Central Asia in strengthening the ongoing regional dialogue between governments, academia, civil society, business and the international community of Central Asia and Afghanistan in the field of development.
Slogan of the 9th CALP: “The Central Asian leaders for the regional cooperation and a pollution-free planet”.
Thematic areas: The main themes of the 9th CALP will correlate with the thematic areas of the CAIEF:
- Renewable energy and energy efficiency;
- Conservation of biodiversity and development of a network of specially protected natural territories;
- Integrated management of solid domestic waste;
- Water diplomacy: regional cooperation in water resources management;
- Intersectoral approach as an opportunity for more rational use of all resources to achieve water, food and energy security in Central Asia.
- Interaction between the CAIEF – a regional platform for cooperation on environment and sustainable development and CALP – a regional platform for cooperation among the youth of the region,
- Promoting the role of CAREC as a facilitator of regional cooperation in Central Asia, including CAIEF and CALP,
- Promotion of the CALP as a tool for capacity building of the youth in Central Asia to address the challenges of regional cooperation on water, climate change for sustainable development in the region,
- Positioning the Young Leaders Network Organizing Committee as a tool for moderating the Youth Network of Central Asia through work at the regional and national levels.
Dates and Venue: September 17-25, 2018, CAREC HQs, Almaty, Kazakhstan, as follow up activity of the CAIEF in Tashkent
In 2018, the 9th CALP will be held in the form of two consecutive modules/Leadership programs:
MODULE I – September 17 (Mo) – September 24, 2018 (Mo) in CAREC HQs for young leaders of Central Asia and Afghanistan representing the state, non-governmental, academic and business sectors (on a competitive basis).
MODULE II – September 25 (Tu) – September 27, 2018 (Th) at the Kazakh-German University (DKU) for selected civil servants of Central Asia and Afghanistan.
Speakers and lecturers:
- The heads of the ministries and departments of the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, who could share the programs and policies in the matters of SDGs, nature protection, water use, etc.
- The representative of the State Committee for Nature Protection of the Republic of Uzbekistan / CAREC with the statement “The goals, objectives and outcomes of the CAIEF in Tashkent”.
- International and regional recognized experts from the universities of Central Asia, Europe and USA on the topics:
- Renewable energy and energy efficiency,
- Water diplomacy and regional cooperation in water resources management,
- Conservation of biodiversity and development of natural protected areas,
- Integrated management of solid domestic waste,
- Interrelationships between water, food, energy and ecosystems,
- Alternative energy,
- Leadership as a tool for cooperation,
- Resource mobilization and fundraising.
- CAREC managers and specialists, leaders of relevant directions, experts of the CAMP4ASB, Smart Waters, NEXUS, SIWI, SDC projects, etc.
- Leading specialists of Central Asia region on environment and sustainable development:
- TIIM, Uzbekistan – on regional cooperation in water resources management,
- BCSD Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan association of nature users for SD,
- KazWaste and the Center for Sustainable Production and Consumption of the Republic of Kazakhstan – for Integrated Solid Waste Management,
- Experts on conservation of biodiversity and development of natural protected areas, and others.
- International partners (the list of speakers will be developed in accordance with the CAIEF and CALP sessions):
- UN: UN Environment, UNECE, UNDP, UN Women, UN ESCAP
- OSCE Programme Office in Astana
- SDC: Blue Peace Central Asia Initiative (BPCA)
- European Commission
- World Bank
- Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
- UNESCO International Centre for Water Cooperation
- SIC of ICWC
Side-events and field trips:
- Field trips, excursions
Presentations in the CA countries:
- Raising awareness of national partners in Central Asia and Afghanistan about the 9th CALP;
- Raising awareness of media, NGOs, the CALP alumni’ and academic societies’ networks in the Central Asian region about the 9th CALP,
- Presentation of the CALP concept and collecting comments and suggestions from partners in the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan.
The concept of the 9th CALP in 2018 is based on:
- Importance of intersectoral approach and interdepartmental cooperation on the main thematic areas of the CAIEF in Tashkent (water cooperation – renewable energy – climate change – biodiversity conservation – waste management – sustainable development) to achieve water, food and energy security in Central Asia,
- The role of the “Environment for Central Asia” process to strengthen regional partnership and cooperation, and the important role of young leaders in this process,
- The role of CAREC as a facilitator of regional environmental cooperation in Central Asia.
It is expected that the results of the 9th CALP will increase the capacity of young leaders of Central Asia on environment and sustainable development; demonstrate the role of youth in the process of regional cooperation on water and water-related issues, climate change and renewable energy, biodiversity conservation and waste management; promote young leaders of Central Asia to regional cooperation and partnership, and strengthen the contributions of the Network of young leaders of Central Asia to the implementation of new regional initiatives and projects, namely the process “Environment for Central Asia.”