Kazakhstan was one of the 193 countries from around the world that adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These goals are an unprecedented commitment by world leaders from around the globe to put sustainability as the overarching theme for human development encompassing the triple bottom line: society, environment and the economy. The new agenda is people-centered, universal, transformative and integrated. It calls for action by all countries for all people until 2030 in five areas of critical importance: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The national framework for the SDGs was established in Kazakhstan through a Decree by the Prime Minister. This included the formulation of a Coordination Council on SDGs under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister, and five inter-sectoral working groups on the critical areas of importance. Transformational changes are needed in all sectors in order to assist Kazakhstan and the global community in developing solutions to these pressing global needs. The SKRI aims to make a significant contribution this transformation at Narxoz University, in Kazakhstan and globally by building a culture of sustainability through partnerships, research initiatives and field work, emphasizing solutions driven research.
Our vision is to build partnerships, conduct quality research and implement field work that assists in achieving prosperity not only in Kazakhstan, but globally.
The Sustainable Kazakhstan Research Institute’s mission is to foster solutions driven research and field work which aim to solve some of the most pressing sustainability challenges in Kazakhstan and beyond.
Our vision is a world where prosperity is measured by social and environmental wellbeing. Our vision is to build partnerships, conduct quality research and implement field work that assists in achieving prosperity not only in Kazakhstan, but globally.
Brendan is the founding Director of the Sustainable Kazakhstan Research Institute (SKRI) and Associated Professor on Sustainable Development at Narxoz University. Brendan has been working globally for over a decade on solutions driven sustainability programs and research. Over the course of his career, he has been known as a sustainability leader with the ability to integrate its diverse aspects to drive solutions by connecting and leading teamwork across-sectors. His greatest success was leading the five year Framework Program “Education for Sustainable Development in the Western Balkans: Education for Sustainable Futures (2012-2017)”. Through his leadership the Program was instrumental in integrating sustainable development concepts and ideas into the broader educational reforms that are currently underway in the region as part of the global shift to the outcome based learning approach to education in the countries of Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. This success was selected as a best practice for the UNECE evaluation report “Ten Years of the UNECE Strategy on ESD (2005-2015)”. He was also a TEDx speaker where he shared his views on how educational reforms can be used as a tool for sustainable development. Brendan holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University. His academic interests include: Sustainable Development Goals, environmental and public policy, implementation, multi-level governance, educational reforms through ESD and transformational change management. He has taught classes on sustainable development, global environmental governance, environmental policy implementation, and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has multiple publications, including in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals.
Ms. Assel Amit is the Program Officer for the Sustainable Kazakhstan Research Institute (SKRI) with major in regional studies of Central Asia and over 4 years of experience in implementing internationally supported environmental and educational projects for Central Asia and Afghanistan.
At a regional level, she managed the establishment of an inter-sectoral working group of national water and environmental authorities for water quality. This working group determined entry points to continue cooperation on regional harmonization of water quality standards. At a local level, she worked on involving the civil society in in decision-making process through capacity building, consultations and training sessions for various civil societies, environmental experts and transboundary river communities.
Ms. Amit has been involved in implementation, support and/or management of projects related to IWRM, water quality, ecosystem services, ESD, transition to the green economy, safety of hydraulic structures from a various set of donor organizations, including USAID, GIZ, EU, SDC, UNDP, UNECE, SIWI, OSCE, DAAD, etc.