Opening remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan Norimasa Shimomura at an event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s accession to the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Mar 2, 2017

Foreign Minister Abdrakhmanov,

Mr. Suleymenov,

Madame Arystanbekova,

Madame Aitimova,

Your Excellencies,

Representatives of the Government offices, Civil Society, Private Sector, Academia, and Media,

My UN Colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

It is a great pleasure to join you at this important event to celebrate Kazakhstan’s accession to the United Nations 25 years ago on this date.  I thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for having organized this event, and for the excellent partnership we enjoy with you Mr. Minister and your entire team.

When Kazakhstan acceded to the UN in 1992, the country had already established itself as an active advocate for peace. Kazakhstan’s commitment to nuclear disarmament and the decomissioning of the Semipalatinsk test site were so powerful and inspirational that the whole world now commemorates the International Day against Nuclear Tests every year on the 29th of August.

Strong leadership and forward-looking reforms allowed Kazakhstan to make impressive progresses over these 25 years. Kazakhstan has achieved a high Human Development status, ranking 56th out of 188 nations in 2015, and has reduced poverty rates by about 44-percentage-point in just over 14 years. It also achieved many of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and is now implementing the new 2030 global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today’s world of immense opportunities, however, is fraught with grave threats such as widening inequalities, fraying social cohesion and many other risks.  And all of us – the people, the countries and the international community – have a shared responsibility to ensure that everyone can live in peace and dignity.  Only by adapting well to this fast-changing world with dynamism and resilience, our Nations will be able to realize sustainable prosperity.

In this context, I am pleased to see that Kazakhstan is playing its important part to promote both development and security, as essential ingredients for achieving peace. President’s recent address announcing a new wave of modernization, demonstrates the country’s determination to join the 30 most developed countries. Fulfilling the principles and standards promoted by the United Nations, such as rule of law, gender equality and human rights, are in fact the surest way for the country to advance with such an aspiration.

25 years after Kazakhstan became the Member State of the UN, I am delighted to see our cooperation evolve into a unique and stronger partnership on the ground. Kazakhstan is the first country to have adopted the Parliamentary Statement on the Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrating the commitment to pursue SDGs not only at the national level but also at regional and international levels. 

This reflects well the country’s effort to turning itself from the recipient of foreign aid into a contributor for international development. The Government is committed to establishing its system of Official Development Assistance, and already, it has begun providing assistance to promote gender equality in Afghanistan in cooperation with the UN agencies and partners.

Kazakhstan’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council at the country’s 25th anniversary of the UN membership is symbolic, and it indeed speaks of the increased role and ability of the country to promoting world peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me congratulate you all once again on this anniversary. This is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate this historical date, and to reaffirm our commitment to continue working towards building inclusive, transparent, and just societies in Kazakhstan and beyond, in which every person enjoys the benefit of sustained peace and prosperity into the future.

Thank you.