The Climate Change Dialogue Platform of Kyrgyzstan, a new multi-stakeholder initiative focused on climate change has been launched at the University of Central Asia in Bishkek at the meeting hosted by the Central Asia Mountain Partnership Hub on August 5, 2014. The meeting attended by participants representing government ministries, civil society groups, academia and development partners who are active on climate change issues.
The meeting was organized by a group led by the State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry under the Government of Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF). Emphasizing that “environmental problems can be effectively solved and emerging opportunities can be better used when government and civil society join efforts to achieve economic prosperity, social justice and environmental sustainability,” Sabir Atadjanov, SAEPF Director, urged participatory processes and multi-stakeholder engagement in climate-related activities. Jyparkul Bekkulova, Head of SAEPF Strategic Planning Department, briefed participants on the climate-related activities of the Kyrgyz Government and latest initiatives. Zuhra Abaihanova, Secretary of the National Climate Coordination Committee, shared lessons learned from institutionalizing the multi-stakeholder engagement and introduced the mission, goals and objectives of the platform, which will act as the working body of the inter-ministerial National Coordination Committee on Climate Change.