OSCE chairmanship is unique opportunity for Kazakhstan to redefine economic security in Asia and Europe
ASTANA. November 30. KAZINFORM /Rizvana Sadykova/ A successful holding of this important event is the testimony for progress and potential of joint actions of state and civil society for the sake of the national development. Our Alliance appreciates the experience of the Civil Forum as an important possibility of receiving knowledge in topical issues of development based on justice and stability, says our guest Razia Sultan Ismail, South Asia NGO Alliance for Children, Head of Delegation from India.
Why have you been interested to participate in this Forum. Tell us please, about members of Indian delegation.
First of all I express my gratitude to the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India and the Ministry of Culture which offered me and my colleagues the opportunity to attend the 4th Civil Forum. We greatly welcome the opportunity provided to us to attend the Fourth Civil Forum, and place on record our appreciation of this moat valuable chance to learn and share. We are confident that this experience will be of value to us in our work, and we look forward to opportunities for sustaining communication and interaction, and building the possibilities of cooperation.
Our three-member delegation is: Ms Avanti Mehta represents Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE), an Indian national NGO specialising in environment education and training. CERE invites environment NGOs, teachers and schools, for joint effort in creative approaches to environmental education that connects to the urgent issues, especially as they affect the whole of Asia. As an Indian NGO dedicated to conservation of the environment and to development of environmental education, the Centre is honored to offer continuing attention to the exchange of information and ideas with civil society of Kazakhstan. Climate change is an urgent global issue that needs to be addressed, not only at a governmental level but also at the grassroots level. The Fourth Civil Forum will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies to help combat the issue of climate change and other environmental issues, which have a direct bearing on development.
Professor Janaki Rajan from the Saroijini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, one of India’s noted universities. Prof. Rajan has initiated the South Asia Women’s Network for education, gender, sustainable development, arts and literature, heritage crafts, self-help groups and peace building. The network hopes to extend across Asia, and hopes Kazakhstan will be the first Eurasian member. It invites the interest of universities, schools, NGOs and research agencies.
I myself heading the Indian delegation, I am an activist and educator dedicated to human rights, sustainable development and Asian dialogue. I represent the TransAsia Alliance and I also the Asia Region Chairperson of the NGO Exeuctive Committee of the UN Division of Public Information, as well as leading India’s national Alliance for Children’s Rights. The TransAsia Alliance sincerely offers its services to building a learning exchange and partnerships between India and Kazakhstan, and invites Kazakhstan’s NGOs and civil society organisations to become partners of the Alliance, and to share information and experience across Asian countries. A successful holding of this important event is the testimony for progress and potential of joint actions of state and civil society for the sake of the national development. Being an international all-Asian organization which is devoted to promotion and construction of information exchange, collaborative learning and cooperation our Alliance appreciates the experience of the Civil Forum as an important possibility of receiving knowledge in topical issues of development based on justice and stability.
How do you appreciate activities of NGOs in the light of forthcoming OSCE chairmanship of Kazakhstan?
We welcome this significant contribution to the process of the international development and efforts of the Asian community as well as the process of creation of best living conditions for all nations living in Asia. The initiative to hold the Civil Forum is an unprecedented and significant contribution to social development and education. We suppose that the experience of Kazakhstan offers plenty of models for both developed and developing countries.
We believe NGOs of Kazakhstan have found their voice to express themselves in public forums, on issues of national and global concern. This is a remarkable achievement in a short period of 10 years. We see the chairmanship of OSCE as a unique opportunity for Kazakhstan to redefine economic security in Asia and Europe. We hope that this opens a new prospect for Kazakhstan NGOs to make a meaningful contribution.
What is your opinion why an international community succeeded so little on issue to fight poverty in the last decades? Did you see anything special about the agenda of NGOs of Kazakhstan and Central Asia as a whole?
The fight against poverty calls for redistributive social and economic justice. This depends on a larger vision of a shared world. This has not been attempted so far. Located at the heart of Asia, Kazakhstan’s journey forward as a free and secular republic presents an example of a 21st Century nation. Both State leadership and civil society must uphold this vision. We are glad to make our own contribution to the Civil Forum by the participation in it of experienced and long-sighted representatives of Indian NGOs involved into different aspects of cooperation and we hope on mutual interaction and exchange on key issues of education, environment as well as responsible actions for the sake of peace and dialogue for worthy coexistence. We are confident that the platform on exchange of views and knowledge proposed by the Civil Forum will provide new possibilities for future exchange and cooperation.
There is growing interest in Kazakhstan as one of the fastest developing countries in the region, at a crossroads between Europe and Asia. What is your impression of the country? How do you appreciate our traditions, human values and inter-ethnic relations among the peoples?
The emergence of modern Kazakhstan as a strong economy in Central Asia, and the clear expression of its national vision in the plural, peaceful and inclusive policies of President Nazarbayev are an impressive evidence of nation building. We have felt a sense of excitement and hope in the people we have met. We have been inspired by the images of ancient Kazakhstan in the museum of the President’s Cultural Centre, and by being part of the 4th Civil Forum audience singing the patriotic song ‘ Atameken’ together at the Opera House.
Our delegation deeply appreciates this opportunity to experience the spirit of Kazakhstan and its people. We wish you well. Kuttyktaimyz!
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