Kazakhstan’s UN Bid
In September 2013, Kazakhstan announced its bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the years 2017/18.
As a regional leader and global partner in matters of energy security, and a valuable contributor to international peacekeeping missions, Kazakhstan wishes to bring its unique experience and expertise to bear on some of the pressing challenges currently facing the UNSC.
This multilingual website, and its occasional newsletters and bulletins, aim to communicate the main policy priorities of Kazakhstan’s UNSC bid. It also supplies details of political, economic and social developments inside Kazakhstan and about its international foreign policy initiatives. Kazakhstan has the experience, political will and resources to make a valuable contribution to the global challenges faced by the UNSC. It is fully engaged in its commitment to assume such responsibilities on the Security Council.
The Republic of Kazakhstan supports peace, prosperity, individual opportunity and economic development, and its government upholds these values and beliefs in its words and in its actions.
As the ninth largest country in the world, with a rich and diverse history spanning more than two thousand years, Kazakhstan has, in the twenty-two years since it first gained its Statehood, learned important lessons about the development of relations with its allies, regional neighbours and international trading partners.
Home to over 130 different nationalities and ethnic groups, Kazakhstan is nothing less than a microcosm of the United Nations. In the spirit of a committed and principled partner in the family of nations, the Republic of Kazakhstan has announced its bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the years 2017-18.
Kazakhstan and the United Nations
Kazakhstan became a Member State of the United Nations on 2nd March 1992, nearly three months after gaining Independence from the Soviet Union, and has been an active and engaged participant in the activities of the UN ever since:
Hosted the International Conference of World Health Organization dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care.
Served on 63rd session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, UNECE, and ESCAP.
Elected as member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2013-2015 (within the Asian Group).
Signed the Tehran Convention protocol to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.
Held the First Anti-crisis World Conference in Astana under the aegis of the UN in 2013.
Modern Day Challenges
Kazakhstan is wholly committed to international peace and security. Its active and measured involvement in a significant number of regional and global processes have given Kazakhstan wide-ranging experience and equipped it to address many of the challenges facing the UNSC and the world today:
- Has played an active and important role in the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, assisting with the repatriation of sensitive military equipment from the region.
- Has been an active proponent and regional leader in nuclear disarmament, taking the strategic decision to eliminate its own arsenal of nuclear weapons immediately after achieving its Independence from the Soviet Union.
- Provided a platform for the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, hosting productive talks between both sides in the city of Almaty in February 2013.
- Initiated the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, promoting religious tolerance and harmony.
- Launched the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in October 1992.
- Held the chairmanship of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2011.
- Chaired the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010.
- Chaired Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2010-2011.
- Chaired Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in 2012.