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.


Conference held in Astana to Mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The Astana Times , Aug 3, 2014 

Ambassadors and representatives of NGOs and the UN attended a conference to mark the first UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The conference was hosted by Astana’s Kazakh State Juridical University and organized by the UN Office in Kazakhstan and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) office for Central Asia.
The UN General Assembly declared July 30 as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons since it signifies the date that the UN Global Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Persons was adopted in 2010.


Dialogue Central Asia + Japan strengthen regional cooperation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kazakhstan , Jul 14, 2014 

Erlan Idrissov, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, attended the 5th “Central Asia + Japan” ministerial meeting recently in Bishkek.
Foreign Ministers from Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also attended the dialogue meeting, where they reviewed progress made in regional cooperation. The discussions focused on agriculture, social goals, fighting drug trafficking, Afghanistan, disaster prevention.


OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities praises Kazakhstan's policies towards ethnic groups

KazInform , Jul 24, 2014 

OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Astrid Thors met with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and praised the country’s policies that protect the rights of ethnic groups and promote interethnic and interfaith ties.

Thors underscored the history of Kazakhstan-OSCE co-operation and highlighted several joint projects. She also stressed that the socioeconomic success of Kazakhstan was largely owing to interethnic peace and harmony.


Rumsfeld Foundation Delegates and Fellows Visit Astana

The Astana Times , Jul 24, 2014 

The two day Central Asia-Mongolia-Caucasus-Afghanistan (CAMCA) Forum was held in Astana on June 20-22, and discussed the region's potential for growth and the remaining barriers it had to contend with.

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