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Podcast: Neal Walker about NHDR and problems of youth in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK. Last Friday, May 28, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kyrgyzstan presented its National Human Development Report (NHDR) by UND entitled as “Successful youth – successful country.” According to organizers, the report is based on the unique sociological survey of youth on the paradigm of human development, on the one hand, and for their views and perceptions, on the other.

The report examines the current situation of young people in Kyrgyzstan. According to the experts, who worked on the report, the analysis covers the main aspects of human development such as education, health, employment, values, social activity and communication, safety and youth policy.

Presentation of the report was held in the State National Russian Drama Theatre after Chingiz Aitmatov. The event started with the presentation of a documentary film about the young volunteers in Kyrgyzstan and their role in the development of the country. The film was quite interesting and of good quality.  The thing I liked a lot about it was it’s the focus on youth in the regions of the country, because, in contrast to the capital, the situation with the youth in the regions is in a bad condition.

The presentation of report also included speeches by Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic, Elmira Ibraimova, coordinator of the Interim Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on the social sector, and famous singer Mirbek Atabekov, who turned out to be a national candidate for a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador (!).

During the banquet, held at the end of the presentation, I was able to make a podcast with Neal Walker, Resident Representative of UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic, who was also closely involved in preparing the national report.


In podcast, Neal Walker speaks about:

- main goals of the National human development report;

- the challenges youth is facing in Kyrgyzstan;

- the reasons for Kyrgyz youth’s increased political activeness after the recent April events that took away lives of many civilians;

- what kind of projects UNDP is doing in Kyrgyzstan to help youth in achieving their goals.

You can download soft copies of the National human development report by UNDP in Kyrgyzstan here. Photo bywww.photo.kg


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