27.04.16: News Outlet Profiles “Kazakhstan’s Passionate Bid for UN Security Council Seat”

InDepthNews, a major news outlet covering international affairs, has published a new article detailing Kazakhstan’s “passionate bid” for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, which will reach its conclusion during the official vote in June of this year.

The article notes that participants of the recent Istanbul Summit have urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states to support Kazakhstan’s bid for 2017 – 2018 membership – a candidacy in the Asia-Pacific Group.  It continues:

“Kazakhstan, which announced its candidature in 2013, has grounded its bid on four central pillars: food security, water security, energy security and nuclear security.

Kazakhstan became a member state of the United Nations in March 1992, nearly three months after gaining Independence from the now defunct Soviet Union, and has been an active and engaged participant in the activities of the UN ever since.”

The article draws from President Nazarbayev’s recent address at the Istanbul Summit, in which he urged participants to support Kazakhstan’s efforts towards nuclear non-proliferation, and highlighted the role of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) in a “peaceful and stable nation” comprised of “representatives of 17 religions and more than 100 ethnic groups”.  President Nazarbayev’s initiatives were included in the Final Communiqué of the 13th Islamic Summit Conference.

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