On January 10th in New York, Kazakhstan participated in a UNSC Open Debate on Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace, as a non-permanent Member of the UN Security Council for the first time in the nation’s history.
During the Debate, newly-appointed Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov presented President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Policy Address, entitled “Kazakhstan’s Concept Vision on Sustaining Global Partnership for a Secure, Just and Prosperous World”. The Address is based on the President’s “The World. The 21st Century” Manifesto, published in March 2016.
It notes: “Kazakhstan will work in a balanced and unbiased manner on the Council’s entire agenda keeping in mind the paramount importance of maintaining and strengthening peace and security.” According to President 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.”
The Meeting was attended by newly-appointed United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers of Ethiopia, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Ukraine, permanent representatives of China, Russia, the United States to the United Nations and other UN Member States.
During the debate, the Security Council Members and representatives of a wide range of UN countries stated their national priorities in conflict prevention and sustaining peace, and expressed their support for the work of the new Secretary-General in priority areas of the international organisation.
Minister Abdrakhmanov drew attention to the importance of joint efforts in preventive diplomacy, promoting confidence-building measures, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, conflict resolution and combating international terrorism. Further emphasis was placed on Kazakh leadership’s readiness to provide a platform for the negotiations in Astana to establish peace in Syria.
During his visit to New York, Minister Abdrakhmanov also met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The participants discussed Kazakhstan’s membership in the Security Council and the comprehensive agenda of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United Nations.