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Resolution of Central Asian Regional Conference “Gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development” PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

We, representatives of the state and international organizations, local self-governance, science,   business  and  civil  society sectors of the three Central  Asian countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan met together at the Regional Conference “Gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development in Central Asia” in Bishkek on July 3 – 4, 2014, to  discuss priorities through a gender perspectives and in the framework of new sustainable development goals and post- 2015 development agenda.

We recognize that the Central Asian region faces multiple economical, social and ecological challenges, especially in rural and mountainous regions. Climate change is endangering the lives and future of the Central Asian population. All of these challenges are threatening the livelihoods of many, including farmers and villagers, and driving migration at an unprecedented scale. Women and youth are the most vulnerable. Health remains a critical challenge, with limited progress addressing sexual, reproductive, and child health, and infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. We are faced with a growing burden of non-communicable diseases and the spread of toxins in the environment, which have major implications for health and wellbeing.

We endorse previous recommendations of Asia Pacific civil society organizations and the Women Major Group on sustainable development goals, which were delivered to governments, international organizations at regional, national and global meetings.   

We reaffirm that a new post-2015 development agenda should reorient development towards a sustainable and holistic approach to achieve peoples’ wellbeing and the realization of human rights and dignity for all.

We support that the new development framework must embrace a holistic rights-based approach, be grounded on international human rights obligations, and ensure that the human rights principles of gender equality, equity, non-discrimination, inclusive participation and decision making, non-retrogression and progressive realization of economic and social rights, underpin its policies and practices.

We apply to our governments to take the historical opportunity to chart and confirm new course, a course of global equity, ecological sustainability, social and gender justice, human rights enjoyment and dignity for all.
We support the initiative for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also initiatives of the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for development and realization of national strategies and action plans towards sustainable development.

We urge our governments, global and regional institutions to take into consideration next:
Integration for sustainable development:

Achieve development justice by implementing fundamental structural changes and putting people, especially women and youth, at the center. In particular, eliminate inequalities that enable dignified lives and guarantee rights to decent work; livelihoods; health, including sexual and reproductive health; education, including interethnic tolerance; energy, water and sanitation for all. Secure not only productive resources but also land rights for landless women and men as in villages and cities; regulate informal labor markets, migration and provide assistance to migrants.

Joint participation for sustainable development:

Guarantee elimination of all forms of discrimination, marginalization, exclusion and violence, in particular based on   gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression as well as in peaceful times and also during armed conflicts; sexual and reproductive rights; address fundamentalism and end impunity; ensure accountability to the people. Secure access to quality education, in particular to women and young married women; take into account unpaid women’s domestic work in providing social welfare for all.

Joint participation for common wealth:

Distribute the benefits of development more equally and universalize access to quality public social services, including by reallocating resources. Establish a production system that takes into account the real environmental costs of products and services and increase demand for more sustainable products and services. Promote low-carbon development through carbon-neutral sources of energy, the reduction of energy use, and the expansion of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. Reorient production, consumption and distribution systems, natural resource management and extraction towards peoples’ needs and to maintain ecological balance.  Advance biodiversity based ecological agriculture and food sovereignty and curtail corporate control of industrial food production systems. Develop biodiversity on the basis of ecological agriculture and food security; decrease access and control of corporations over food production. Develop in Central Asia safe and profitable new technologies for sustainable development and preservation of mountains ecosystems.

Governance, peace and rule of law:

Based on the SDGs and full implementation of existing international and regional agreements, conventions and treaties; ensure the participation and leadership of civil society, people’s organizations, social movements, youth, and other stakeholders in decision and policy making and accountability mechanisms at all levels; ensure the full realization of all human rights; end corruption; guarantee the right to information; guarantee accountable and democratic systems of governance, strong judiciaries, and access to justice. Establish a binding regulatory framework to ensure corporate sector accountability for activities that threaten sustainable development and human rights. Secure priority of interests and human rights of people over economic interests and trade agreements.  As a result of discussions on development priorities of countries and presence of the voice of Central Asia at international negotiations on sustainable development goals and post 2015 agenda conference participants agreed to create network of networks on Regional Central Asian Action Platform of civil society organizations. This Regional Platform will be the voice of Central Asia at international meetings and would be regional and alternative mechanism for realization of sustainable development goals and post 2015 agenda.

Bishkek, July 04, 2014.

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