During an official visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York City, Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov participated in a UN General Assembly debate on Global Peace and Security on May 10th, under the theme: “In a World of Risks: A New Commitment for Peace.”
Participants in the debate – including President of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Foreign Ministers and Deputy Ministers from 25 UN member states – discussed a number of security issues, from peacekeeping to the interrelationship of security with sustainable development and environmental protection.
Citing Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s recent Manifesto, “The World. The 21st Century” among other anti-war, anti-proliferation and anti-terrorism initiatives by Kazakhstan, Minister Idrissov stated:
“The world will benefit from both the end goal and the process of disarmament: moving towards a nuclear-weapons-free world will equip humankind with a cooperative mechanism to sustain and support security at the lowest levels of armaments. Such a process will release excessive expenditure to be transferred to social and economic development in line with Kazakhstan’s initiative to allocate annually 1% of national defence budgets to sustainable development.”
He concluded: “We call on member states to endorse Kazakhstan’s proposal to establish a global anti-terrorist coalition under the UN, as well as universal mechanisms to bring perpetrators to justice.”
Minister Idrissov’s visit to New York occurred in the context of Kazakhstan’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2017 – 18, and he held a series of meetings with his counterparts from the around the world to familiarise the international community with Kazakhstan’s priorities should the country be elected to serve on the prestigious body.