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Policy address by President of Kazakhstan presented at UN Security Council debates

by January 11, 2017 General

January 10, 2017, Kazakhstan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the first time participated in its open debate on Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov presented the policy address by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Kazakhstans Concept Vision on Sustaining Global Partnership for Secure, Just and Prosperous World.

Participating in the meeting in New York were UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers of Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, France, Ukraine, Sweden, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, Japan, permanent representatives of Russia, China, the United States to the UN and other UN Member States.

The Security Council Members and representatives of a wide range of the UN countries stated their national priorities in conflict prevention and peacekeeping and expressed support for the work of new Secretary-General on the priority areas of the international organization.

In the course of the debate, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan presented the policy address by the Head of State to mark the beginning of Kazakhstans term as non-permanent member of the Security Council for 2017-2018.

K.Abdrakhmanov emphasized that the address was based on the Manifesto of the Head of State The World. The 21st Century of March 31, 2016, and developed it creatively. As is known, Presidents policy document, presented at IV Nuclear Security Summit, focuses on the need for joint efforts and cooperation to strengthen international peace and security and sets a goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons by the UNs 100th anniversary, as well as eliminating the threat of wars and conflicts while ensuring the strong connection between peace, security and development.

As noted in the address, Kazakhstan will work in a balanced and unbiased manner on the Councils entire agenda keeping in mind the paramount importance of maintaining and strengthening peace and security. According to the President N.Nazarbayev, Astana intends to work on an equal basis with all Security Council Members to promote compromise and consensus to strengthen international peace and security.

In this regard, the address identifies Kazakhstans priorities as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. They include building a nuclear-weapon-free world, eliminating the threat of a global war, promoting peace in Afghanistan, creating a regional peace zone in Central Asia, elaborating Astana Code of Conduct for International Anti-Terrorist Operations within the framework of efforts on creating Global Antiterrorist Coalition (network) under the auspices of the United Nations, fostering peace in Africa, promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the strong connection between peace, security and development, adapting the United Nations to the needs of the 21st century and holding regular Security Council meetings at the level of Heads of State and Government in order to strengthen the collective political will to address global challenges.

As the Head of State highlighted in the address, Kazakhstan counts on support from partners for its initiatives which have the important goal of making the world in the 21st century safer, fairer and more prosperous.

The Kazakhstan side also drew attention of the debaters to the importance of joint efforts in preventing diplomacy, promoting confidence-building measures, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, conflict resolution and combating international terrorism. Kazakhstan reiterated again the readiness to provide a platform for the negotiations in Astana to establish peace in Syria.

The address by the President of Kazakhstan was commended by the meeting participants; moreover, it was decided to register it as an official document of the UN Security Council.

The foreign ministers visit program also included meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, where the sides discussed topical issues of Astanas membership in the Security Council and the comprehensive agenda of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United States, including attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan