22.01.16: Kazakhstan’s International Initiatives Discussed at High-Level Meetings in New York

A number of new international initiatives, proposed by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, were discussed during a series of high-level meetings in New York earlier this month.

Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ahikbayev (pictured above) visited New York between January 11 – 13th and conducted briefings with the Ambassadors of member countries of the African, Latin American and Caribbean groups, to promote President Nazarbayev’s initatives as well as Kazakhstan’s bid to secure a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council between 2017 – 18.

President Nazarbayev’s initiatives include increased measures to combat terror and extremism, the organisation of a high-profile “Religions against Terrorism” event, and the proposal that each country allocate 1% of its military expenditures to finance Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Ashikbayev also updated participants on preparations for EXPO 2017, to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana, and plans to establish a Centre for Renewable Energy in Kazakhstan, under the aegis of the UN.

As part of Kazakhstan’s campaign to promote its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UNSC, the Deputy Foreign Minister held bilateral meetings with the Permanent Representatives of Guatemala, Nauru, Samoa, Mozambique, Bahrain, Brunei and other countries.  He later met with the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jenča.

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