The Secretary-General Message on the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s membership in the United Nations Astana,

Mar 2, 2017

It gives me pleasure to congratulate the people of Kazakhstan on the 25th anniversary of the country’s membership in the United Nations. Kazakhstan also marks this notable occasion as a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations, an indication of the role the country can play regionally and internationally.

I highly value the partnership between the United Nations and Kazakhstan.   Kazakhstan voluntarily renounced the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal to contribute to the vision of a nuclear-free world. Kazakhstan’s efforts in sustainable energy are noteworthy and will be the highlight of the upcoming Expo-2017, a gathering that aims to promote best practices in the field. I also welcome Kazakhstan’s intention to strengthen its cooperation with Afghanistan. 

Kazakhstan also provides crucial support for the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia since its creation in 2007. The Centre continues to foster regional cooperation to tackle challenges that no single country could confront alone, such as violent extremism, terrorism, drug trafficking, climate change and the management of trans-boundary waterways.

The United Nations will continue to rely on Kazakhstan’s support to advance joint efforts towards global peace, sustainable development and human rights for all. In that spirit of partnership, please accept my best wishes on this special occasion. 

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