Alliance 8.7 Nationwide Consultations in Kyrgyzstan

On 14 March 2017, the ILO launched a nationwide consultations process in Kyrgyzstan to build public awareness and engage stakeholders at the national, sub-national and local levels in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDG target 8.7.

News | 03 May 2017
Today, the ILO continues to support national counterparts in their implementation of the nationwide consultations process for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG Target 8.7. The consultations have contributed to the SDG nationalisation process launched in Kyrgyzstan in March 2017 as per Special Ordinance 16-7287 of 13 March 2017 issued by Vice Prime-Minister of Kyrgyzstan Oleg Pankratov “On Building a National Monitoring System of SDG Implementation.”

On 18 April 2017, the ILO initiated a briefing on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to members of the Working Group set up by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development to identify priority SDGs and targets. The launch of Alliance 8.7 was presented as an example of joining efforts at the global level to achieve target 8.7.
On 28-29 April 2017, two workshops were undertaken in Osh and Jalal-Abad in close coordination with the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development to sensitize and mobilize local government officials and stakeholders to the 2030 Agenda and SDG target 8.7. The workshops were co-chaired by Evgenia Strokova, member of Parliament and head of the Counter-trafficking Task Force set up by the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs in 2015, and Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development and Deputy Minister of Education. The workshops were attended by more than 60 social partners and representatives of local government officials and NGOs.

Following to the presentations on the SDG and specifically the role of Alliance 8.7 in achieving Target 8.7, the participants discussed the national and regional situations on child labour, human trafficking and forced labour and prioritised steps to be taken towards SDG target 8.7.
On 1-2 May 2017, the ILO jointly with UNICEF, UNFPA and UNV supported and facilitated a two-day training workshop for employees of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports on prioritising, adaptation and implementation of the SDGs at the national level, with a particular focus on the role of global Alliance 8.7 in achieving SDG target 8.7. As result of the workshop, the Agency was able to identify priority SDGs and targets, which will be submitted to the Government Office and further mainstreamed to the Youth Development Concept 2040.

On 3 May 2017, a consultation workshop was held, attended by 25 representatives of the Federation of Trade Unions and sectoral unions to discuss the role of social partners in achieving SDG target 8.7. The meeting was chaired by Rysgul Babaeva, Deputy Head of the Federation of Trade Unions. The participants were briefed on the current situation with child labour in Kyrgyzstan and the role of trade unions in SDGs nationalisation and implementation and in achieving Target 8.7. In addition to this, a large part of the meeting was  devoted to sharing the experience of the unions of teachers and farm workers in addressing child labour incidents and further replication and elaboration of their interventions.

The consultation meeting was an opportunity for the Federation members to put forward specific recommendations and prioritise steps to support the achievement of SDG target 8.7 in the light of the upcoming regional consultations in Budapest in June 2017 and ACTRAV regional workshop in July 2017. These recommendations will also feed into country-level initiatives to accelerate the actualisation of Target 8.7.

As a first step, the participants agreed to draft a strategic plan of actions aimed at the implementation of SDG target 8.7, with assistance from Alliance 8.7.