Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, made a working visit to New York between the 22nd and 27th September to attend the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations.
He held a series of bilateral meetings including with US Secretary of State John Kerry, affirming the importance of the U.S.-Kazakh strategic partnership and discussing ongoing and future collaborations, and with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, during which the latter praised Kazakhstan’s contribution to regional and global security and development.
Kazakhstan is bidding to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2017 / 18, and during his visit the Foreign Minister took the opportunity to further emphasize its commitment to the four key pillars of its bid: food security, water security, energy security and nuclear security.
Minister Idrissov granted an interview with Reuters US about the transnational issues facing his country, while drawing attention to Kazakhstan’s efforts to develop alternative energy and the upcoming international EXPO-2017 event, to be held in Astana under the theme of “Future Energy”, at the UN Climate Summit 2014 on 23rd September.
At this Summit, the Minister stated that “Growth of the green economy [and] efficiency of the renewable energy sector have a paramount priority on the path toward achieving the goal of joining the 30 most developed countries. Undoubtedly, Kazakhstan is one of the largest producers of traditional energy sources, but we strive to reduce the energy intensity of our gross domestic product and carbon emissions in the energy sector.”