Kazakhstan to host global gathering of religious leaders

Fox News Latino , Sep 17, 2014 

The 5th triennial Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, set for June 2015 in Astana, will focus on opening a new dialogue with politicians to overcome growing international conflicts.


Close the Door on Nuclear Dangers

The Hill , Sep 13, 2014 

An oped "Close the door on nuclear dangers" in the Hill, authored by Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Daryl G. Kimball and Paul F. Walker, presents powerful arguments to stop nuclear testing to make the world a safer place to live. In particular, it is pointed out that over the years, thousands of people have died and many more have suffered from illnesses directly related to the radioactive fallout from tests conducted in the United States, the islands of the Pacific, Australia, China, North Africa, Russia, and in Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union conducted 468 of its 715 nuclear tests.


Kazakhstan Builds Relations with Mexico

Fox News Latino , Sep 18, 2014 

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov conducted a four-day visit to Mexico on Sept 17 - 20. During his visit Idrissov met with Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo, Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, former President Vincente Fox, and other senior officials and business leaders. Idrissov said that the main objective of his visit was to build a bridge between Latin America and Eurasia. The Foreign Minister underlined that economic and trade collaboration with Kazakhstan will allow investors to reach neighboring markets, such as Russia and China.


Kazakhstan balanced between Ukraine and post-NATO Afghanistan

Reuters , Sep 22, 2014 

In an exclusive interview to Reuters, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov talked about Kazakhstan’s geopolitical situation in light of crisis in Ukraine. Underlining Kazakhstan's constructive role in facilitating win-win cooperation in our region, the Minister also talks about Astana's foreign policy in the region and share his views on the need to help stabilize Afghanistan.


Challenges facing land- and sea- locked countries

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Erlan Idrissov, Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Samoa for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from September 1-3, and on his return, advocated that Kazakhstan shared many challenges with SIDS. While SIDS are sea-locked, Kazakhstan is land-locked.
Idrissov spoke with delegates from Cape Verde, East Timor, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Nauru, and other nations, about the lack of energy resources in these countries, and how Kazakhstan can help boost energy availability in these states.


Kazakh officers to go on UN peacekeeping mission

Tengri News , Sep 4, 2014 

20 armed force personnel from Kazakhstan will join UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti, Western Sahara, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia, according to the Defense Ministry. The personnel include ranks from captains to colonels and will get special UN training.
The Ministry is also considering sending a fighting contingent of 150 people to join UN missions in the future.
In 2013, the Parliament had supported President Nazarbayev's proposal to send Kazakh officers to UN peacekeeping mission, in a move to boost Kazakhstan's bid for a nonpermanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018.


Kazakhstan enters the the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APFNHRI)

Yahoo News , Sep 2, 2014 

Kazakhstan joined the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APFNHRI) as an associate member during its 19th annual forum held in India.
The three day APF Forum witnessed discussions of strategic priorities for the period from 2015 to 2020.


Kazakhstan has a small but thriving Jewish community

Shalom Life , Aug 12, 2014 

There is a small but vibrant Jewish community in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan's Jewish population surged dramatically when Stalin exiled thousands of Jews from the Pale of Settlement. An additional 8,500 Jews escaped during the Second World War and fled to Kazakhstan.
Today, Kazakhstan has a community of 3,300 Jews, many of whom are Ashkenazi, who arrived in the country in the 17th century after leaving the Russian army. Most of these Jews speak Russian, and follow Russian culture. However, 2000 of them are Bukharian Jews from Uzbekistan and Tat.


President Nazarbayev restructures several key ministries

The Astana Times , Aug 7, 2014 

President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced a major government restructuring on August 6, while addressing a session of the government at the Akorda presidential residence. Instead of 17 ministries, 9 agencies and 54 committes, the government structure will be far more compact with 12 ministries and 30 committees.
“Kazakhstan needs an efficient system of governance to enter the top 30 most developed countries,” said Nazarbayev.
Some of the prominent changes due to restructuring include the following:


Third of Kazakhstan's Senate seats up for reelection on October 1

TengriNews , Aug 6, 2014 

President Nursultan Nazarbayev called for new Senate eleections to be held on October 1 of this year, continuing the democratic reforms affirmed in Kazakhstan’s constitution.
Nearly 80 people have stepped up as candidates as of August 4 – a number that is expected to grow in the coming days and weeks. Kazakhstan’s state budget provides financing for candidates. Each candidate receives funds for 15-minute TV address, 10 minutes on the radio, two print articles, rent for facilities to meet with the voters, and printed campaign materials.

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