The Central Asian Leadership Program started

Publication date: 12 September 2017

The Central Asian Leadership Program started

September 11, 2017, the Central Asian Leadership Program for the Environment for Sustainable Development began in Almaty. CAREC experts and initiative partners took part in the opening session: representatives of the United Nations Environment Program, the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, USAID, the World Bank, the Kazakhstan-German University, and the graduates of the previous years' CALP.

Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev, Executive Director of CAREC, addressing the participants with a welcome speech, said:

"In ten to twenty years, you will solve problems and be responsible for the next generations, and this can be done by progressive people who know how to lead people and share the values ​​of these people. Be competent and honest - here you can learn a lot, and not just for these 10 days. We, as a centre of knowledge, are always open to you."

Within the framework of the session "The role of young leaders in regional cooperation and sustainable development of Central Asia", six graduates from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan shared success stories, describing how their careers changed after the program.

"CALP taught me to prioritize, developing leadership qualities, allowed to create a circle of friends and colleagues from all over the region, with whom I still cooperate and implement projects," shares the graduate from Kazakhstan, Danara Saranova.

A graduate from Afghanistan, Idris Maljar, advisor to the Environmental Society of Afghanistan, notes the level of motivation that participants receive during the program: "Participation in CALP helped me to connect with a good professional network in Central Asia, which inspired me to work more on cross-border water issues in Afghanistan. After graduation, I was able to finish my three studies: one is already published, and two are on their way."

In addition, at the end of the session, words of farewell in 8 languages ​​were heard: English, Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek and Farsi. The participants of the CAPL were called to promote the ideas of regional cooperation for mutual prosperity of the countries and the whole region of Central Asia, to uphold the principles of sustainable development and stand on protecting the environment.

Recall that this year the Eighth CALP is held from September 11-19 and focused on "the link between water and energy resources and ecosystems" and regional cooperation in promoting the green economy on the occasion of EXPO-2017.

The main line of EXPO-2017 is "Energy of the Future". And the main place in the expositions was occupied by "green" energy projects, which is reflected in the program of CALP this year. It also includes plenary sessions, group discussions, interactive exercises and visits to an ecological settlement near Almaty - Almaraj, where master classes on environmentally friendly construction methods will be held.

You can find out more about speakers and trainers in the program here.

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