New York, 10 January 2017
As Kazakhstan takes up its seat on the United Nations Security Council for the next two years, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has set out the country’s priorities for global peace and security. In a wide-ranging statement, the President said Kazakhstan was determined to support all efforts to improve trust and co-operation between countries and to work to create consensus on tackling global challenges.
The document is entitled Kazakhstan's Concept and Vision for Sustaining Global Partnerships for a Secure, Just and Prosperous World and was distributed as the country’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov addressed the UN Security Council's High-Level Open Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace” today.
In the Policy Address to the Security Council of the United Nations, Nazarbayev said that encouraging steps towards nuclear disarmament was a top priority for Kazakhstan as the UN Security Council’s newest non-permanent member. As leader of the first country to give up its nuclear arsenal, he called on member states to set a goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons by the UN’s 100th anniversary in 2045. He drew particular attention to the urgent need to find a constructive solution to the issue of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.
Mr Nazarbayev promised to support efforts to modernise UN structures so they reflected the realities of the 21st Century and to strengthen its peacekeeping efforts. He said his Manifesto ‘The World. The 21st Century’ highlighted how to create the conditions to curb global conflicts and violence.
Being the first Central Asian state to be elected to join the UN Security Council, Kazakhstan would seek to promote the interests of all countries of the region to bolster its stability and security, he said. Singling out Afghanistan as a particular priority, he called for “broad, balanced, meaningful and result-oriented discussions” to help the country return to lasting peace and security.
Turning to the threat from global extremism and terrorist, Mr Nazarbayev repeated his call for a Global Antiterrorist coalition to be created under the auspices of the UN. He said that Kazakhstan would work tirelessly on the Security Council to tackle the threat from ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida and to ease tensions in the Horn of Africa.
In order to achieve Kazakhstan’s priorities at the UN, President Nazarbayev said that his country was committed to work in a balanced and unbiased manner on the Council’s entire agenda to help shape a secure, just and prosperous word.
Notes to editors – Kazakhstan took up its non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in January 2017, at the start of its two-year tenure.