On April 21st 2016, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Sweden, with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Denmark and jointly with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), organized a Seminar entitled “Kazakhstan: opportunities in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament”, in the context of Kazakhstan’s bid for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018.
High-profile experts including Tariq Rauf, Director of Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Program at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as well as Cindy Vestergaard, Senior Research Fellow on International Security at DIIS, addressed the audience. While commenting on tendencies in the sphere of nuclear non-proliferation, the speakers provided a number of cases exemplifying Kazakhstan’s substantial contribution to strengthening international security in the field, in particular the creation of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank under the aegis of the IAEA.
Kazakh Ambassador Dastan Yeleukenov briefed the audience on the initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, and delivered a short review of Kazakhstan’s activities in the sphere of non-proliferation and disarmament. He drew attention to the Manifest of the Head of State, “The World. XXI Century”, which calls upon world leaders to join forces for the purposes of total elimination of nuclear weapons.