From 5 July to 15 July, 2022, the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was held at the UN headquarters in New York. This event is organized annually in New York and aims to assess the progress achieved in the SDGs’ implementation.
Within the framework of the forum, the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments organized a Forum of Local and Regional Governments, which took place on July 11-12. The main purpose of this event is to bring together the delegation of local and regional governments to discuss and agree on the constituency’s main messages to the 2022 High Level Political Forum.
The event count on the participation of representatives from local and regional government and their networks from around the world to share how, through their experiences at the local and regional levels the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
At the session "Bolstering multilevel governance, policy coordination, and innovative actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals from the ground up" Kuvanychbek Kongantiev, Chairman of the Bishkek City Council spoke from the UCLG-Eurasia. Ruslan Sharshenbai uulu, Deputy of the Bishkek City Council and Rasikh Sagitov, Secretary General of the UCLG-Eurasia also took part in the session.
In his report, Kuvanychbek Kongantiev spoke about the preparation by the city of Bishkek of a Voluntary Local Review of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as about issues of education, gender equality.
"We clearly understand that the socio-economic growth of the country depends on the quality of education of the population. In this regard, we prioritize ensuring equal access to education for all. By investing in our children's education, we are investing in a successful future", ‒ the Chairman of the Bishkek City Council stressed in his speech.
This session was focused on the actions of the feminist municipal movement and how local and regional actions are key to enabling governance with empathy and responding to the diverse needs and aspirations of communities, taking into account the most vulnerable.
"The legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic allows women to exercise their rights both on the territory of the whole republic and in the city of Bishkek. To vote and be elected, to express their opinions openly, to enjoy all the benefits and exercise their rights on an equal basis with men. We are interested in eliminating violence against women and intend to further strengthen work in this direction", ‒ Kuvanychbek Kongantiev said in his speech.
Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener, Irací Hassler, Mayor of Santiago de Chile, Luis Salaya Julian, Mayor of Cáceres Clara Brugada, Mayor of Iztapalapa, Magnus Berntsson, vice-president of the Regional Council of Västra Götaland and others were among speakers of the forum.