The Central Asian Leadership Program for Sustainable Development
– CAREC flagship initiative
Central Asian Leadership Program for Sustainable Development (CALP) is the flagship initiative of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), and a unique example of multi-partner and cross-sectoral project in the region of Central Asia and Afghanistan, successfully operating since 2010 to the present time, with the support of UNEP, CAREC, the Government of Norway and the Program Office of the OSCE in Astana.
Central Asian Leadership Program is a successful example of replicating the experience of the Chinese Leadership Program, implemented by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) at the Tonji University - to Central Asia.
Today it is only regular program of capacity building for sustainable development in Central Asia for the government, private sector and NGOs, which helps to ensure an integrated understanding of the issues of sustainable development.
From year to year CALP is becoming more and more attractive for young people from Central Asia and Afghanistan, especially - for public agencies and departments - key CAREC partners. In 2010, I-st CALP was attended by 13 people from four countries of Central Asia, and duration of the course was 3 days; in 2015 the 6-th CALP was already attended by 35 people from six countries - Central Asia and Afghanistan, and duration of the course was 9 days. Selection of participants is based on CALP criteria developed by CAREC and partners, and the quality of the participants is improving from year to year, while more than 60% - are represented by civil servants of Central Asian countries.
The overall goal of all CA Leadership programs:
- to motivate comprehensive thinking and ability of make decisions among young professionals as well as representatives of middle government level, private sector and civil society;
- to motivate integration of environment and sustainable development topics for effective decision making;
-to create and develop network between new leaders of Central Asia that represent Government, civil society and private sector.
In accordance with the tradition established by UNEP, the CALP module reunites three dimensions: people, environment and sustainable development.
In 2015 the programme provided a comprehensive assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of global challenges, as well as the needs and priorities of Central Asia in the field of environment and sustainable development. Special attention was given to the SDGs implementation in Central Asia, the issues of climate change, rational water use, access to drinking water, green development and sustainable energy.
In addition, the Leadership Program promotes partnerships, cooperation and creation of new networks of partnerships between the leaders of Central Asia, presenting government, civil society and the private sector that could be a basis for new ideas and projects.
· The 1st Central Asian Leadership Program was held by UNEP in Astana in September 2010 in parallel with the 6th Conference of Ministers of Environmental Protection and Development of Asian-Pacific Region (APR) and was designed for 13 young leaders and potential professionals from the government, private sector and civil society of Central Asian countries. A three-day program was hosted in partnership with Nazarbayev University and CAREC.
· On the eve of the 7th Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe", CAREC, in cooperation with UNEP, with its partners conducted the 2nd Central Asian Leadership Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the period of 15-17 September 2011.
· The 3rd Central Asian Leadership Program on Environment for Sustainable Development was held on September 17-28, 2012 in the CAREC headquarters office in Almaty in cooperation and with support of UNEP and the Government of Norway and was dedicated to the issue of sustainable development with the focus on water, water resources of Central Asia.
· The 4th Leadership Program was held from 16 to 24 September 2013 and for the first time the representatives of Afghanistan - experts on water resources and cross-border cooperation - took part in the CALP. It was attended by 30 representatives of five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. Mr. Mahesh Pradhan, Chief of the Department on Environmental Education and Training, Unit of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP office in Nairobi, Kenya and Director of Economics and Environment Department of the OSCE Centre in Astana Mr. Alexander Peytchev participated in the Program.
· The 5th Anniversary Leadership Program was conducted by CAREC in the period from 16 to 24 September 2014 in collaboration and with the support of long-term partners - UNEP, the Government of Norway and the OSCE Centre in Astana; it was attended by 30 representatives of five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. The opening ceremony was attended by Ms. Natalia Zarudna, Ambassador, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Astana.
· CAREC in cooperation with UNEP, the Government of Norway and OSCE Programme Office in Astana successfully conducted the 6th Central Asian Leadership Programme in Almaty on September 14-22, 2015. Nine-day programme was aimed at young and promising representatives of government, private sector and civil society, representing the five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Young leaders were selected through a competition and represented Government, private sector and civil society from five states of Central Asia. The number of applications for participation was about 100.
In 2015 a particular attention was paid to the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Central Asia, transition to a "green" economy, rational use of water resources, access to drinking water, gender balance, energy efficiency and sustainable energy. The program was designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the issues of sustainable development in the context of global challenges (such as climate change, degradation of glaciers, land, ecosystems, population growth, etc.) in the light of the needs and priorities of Central Asia.
- What is SDGs, and how they are to be implemented in Central Asia?
- How does today’ economy affects of climate change, desertification, biodiversity and human health?
- What is the contribution the Central Asian region in the process of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the Conference COP-21 in Paris in December 2015? What is the Paris Agreement?
- What is gender equality, and what is its specificity in Central Asia - what problems and solutions?
- As the environment determines our level of income?
These and many other questions were discussed in the framework of the Leadership Program, where leaders know the latest news and get the latest information on topics of interest in the field of sustainable development.
Today graduates of the six CA Leadership programs are actively involved in environmental activities and CAREC projects in the field of environment and development in all countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan.
Chronology of the Central Asian Leadership Program:
1st Leadership Program - 28-30.09.2010;
2nd Leadership Program - 15-17.09.2011;
3rd Leadership Program - 17-28.09.2012;
4th Leadership Program - 16-24.09.2013;
5th Anniversary Leadership Program - 16-24.09.2014;
6th Leadership Program - 14-22.09.2015;
7th Leadership Program will be held in the period 19-30.09.2016.
Donors and partners of the project are UNEP, the Norwegian Government: Ministry of Environment (the MoE) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan Business Association for Sustainable Development (KBASD), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the NGO "EcoIDEA", NGO "Center sustainable consumption", NGO "Akmena", International IT-University of Almaty, and others.
14-22 September 2015 CAREC again opened its doors to motivated, active, young people. 34 participants from 5 countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan have been a serious competition and had the opportunity to acquire new knowledge, experience and competence in areas related to sustainable development
Mahesh Pradhan, Chief of the Department on Environmental Education and Training, Unit of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP HQs, Nairobi, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tatiana Shakirova, Gulmira Issabaeva, CAREC ESD Programme, phone: +7 727 2654334 (int. 120, 122),Email:email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Yekaterina Strikeleva, Anna Inozemtseva, CAREC Programme on Support to Water Initiatives, phone: +7 727 2654334 (int. 275, 190), Email:email@example.com; AInozemtseva@carececo.org