President Nazarbayev’s Policy Address to UN Security Council
“Kazakhstan’s Concept and Vision for Sustainable Global
Partnerships for a Secure, Just and Prosperous World”
(delivered in New York, January 10, 2017, on the occasion of the country’s assuming of a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council 2017-18)
Kazakhstan’s priorities for the UN Security Council
- A world free of nuclear weapons – Kazakhstan will continue to consolidate global efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons. Kazakhstan will urge all member states to set a goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons by the UN’s 100th anniversary in 2045.
- Eliminate the threat of a global war – Kazakhstan wants to play its role in preventing military confrontations at regional and worldwide levels. Kazakhstan will work to achieve the ideas proposed in President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Manifesto “The World. The 21st century” from March 31, 2016.
- Promote the interests of Central Asia to ensure its stability and security – Kazakhstan wants to establish a regional zone of peace, security, cooperation and development in Central Asia. Kazakhstan will play its part to bring back peace and stability to Afghanistan.
- Fight and defeat terrorism – Kazakhstan will chair the Security Council Committees on sanctions related to terrorist groups to promote combined efforts of all states and international and regional organizations to defeat terrorism. Kazakhstan plans to invite the UN member states to develop the Astana Code of Conduct in International Anti-Terrorist Operations as part of its effort to establish the Global Antiterrorist Coalition (network) under the auspices of the UN, as proposed by President Nazarbayev.
- Peace and security in Africa – Kazakhstan will contribute to international efforts for national reconciliation and restoration of peace in Africa.
- Sustainable development – Kazakhstan will aim to help promote the early achievement of the UN-approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), green energy and minimize the consequences of climate change. As a practical step, Kazakhstan is hosting ‘EXPO-2017’ on the theme ‘Energy of the Future’ in Astana this summer.
- Improve and modernise the Security Council and the United Nations system – Kazakhstan proposes to convene a Security Council meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government every year or every two years in order to enhance global and regional security and stability and to strengthen trust among member states.
Overview of Kazakhstan’s seat on the UN Security Council
- In September 2013 Kazakhstan announced its bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
- Kazakhstan was elected to the UN Security Council following the elections for the Asia-Pacific seat on 28 June 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New-York.
- 138 out of 193 countries voted for Kazakhstan to join the UN Security Council.
- On January 1, 2017 Kazakhstan began its duties on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for 2017-2018.
- Kazakhstan is the first country from Central Asia to hold a seat on the UN Security Council.