On Friday 23 April, the Kyrgyz Republic held a high-level event, with approximately 100 participants, to officially launch its National Climate Change Learning Strategy, through its “Comprehensive Action Plan for Climate Change Education” document. A major milestone for the country, the Plan was presented to attendees from government, academia, the private sector and civil society as well as international organizations, giving an overview of the strategy and next steps to come for implementation.
The learning strategy was specifically developed to aid the Kyrgyz Republic in its efforts to be more ecological and climate-resilient in practice, taking a systematic approach to strengthening the capacity of government officials and communities. The focus on learning aims to ease the transition — and together with UNITAR since 2019, Kyrgyzstan has been analyzing existing priorities, initiatives and strategy documents that include training and capacity-building on climate change; assessing needs and institutional capacity; and identifying priority areas for training and capacity-building.
The major result of these efforts is the development of the Comprehensive Plan — which lays out a clear strategy to strengthen learning and skills to help address climate challenges and promote a green economy across sectors in the Kyrgyz Republic.
With support from UNITAR and the Swiss Government, the Climate Finance Center of the Kyrgyz Republic (CCF) led the development of the document, engaging representatives from the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Education and Science, and the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry — with additional input and guidance from non-governmental organizations, educational and training institutions.