Kazakhstan taking part in the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council and Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

GENEVA, 25 February 2019 - On February 26, 2019 the delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by the Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Yerzhan Ashikbayev began its work in the High-Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) and Conference on Disarmament (CD).

Addressing the high-level participants of the UN HRC the Deputy-Minister noted that our country paid special attention in observation of human rights at global level, response to humanitarian crises, protection of the rights of children and women in conflicts during its membership at the UN Security Council.

Speaking about the protection of human rights at national level, the delegate of Kazakhstan stressed that democratic values are the basis of the “Kazakhstan 2050" strategy and serve as an indicator of progress towards OECD membership. The October Statement of the President to the people of Kazakhstan reflects the measures in further strengthening of the national human rights system, implementation of political, social and economic rights of citizens. Mr. Ashikbayev also informed the participants about the ongoing systematic work on the implementation of the UN human rights mechanisms.

In order to improve the work efficiency and to achieve constructive work of the UN HRC, Kazakh diplomat outlined the importance of observing the principles of impartiality, equal dialogue and balanced approach while considering all the issues of the Council's agenda. Kazakhstan promoted its candidacy for the membership in the Council for the period 2022-2024 in order to promote its vision of the HRC work.

At the Conference on Disarmament Mr. Ashikbayev saind that the Anniversary year of the Conference - 40 years ago when UN members decided to create forum - corresponds with the 30th Anniversary of the International Anti Nuclear Movement “Nevada-Semipalatinsk", 25th Anniversary of Kazakhstan's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

The head of the Kazakhstan delegation noted the differences of the leading powers on key disarmament issues, the revitalization initiated by President N. Nazarbayev Global anti-nuclear movement is not in doubt, given the turbulent situation in the world,. The Deputy Minister stressed the importance of the joint work of all states in restoring confidence, which is the key solve many problems of our time.

In this context Kazakhstan supports and makes practical contribution to the Disarmament Agenda of the UN Secretary-General Mr. Guterres, including the initiative to create a mechanism of the cooperation between all existing nuclear-free zones and to hold a meeting between the representatives of all zones in Astana.

A meeting with Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has been held the same day. The Executive Secretary noted Kazakhstan's effective chairmanship in the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) in 2018 and successful SPECA events in Almaty in occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Program. She also expressed her gratitude for holding the session of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, as well as chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the Water Convention at the global level.

Mr. Ashikbayev noted the high level of expert and advisory work carried out by the UNECE staff on road safety, housing and urban development, transport competitiveness, environmental policy, trade regulation.

Created at : 26.02.2019, 16:15, Updated at : 26.02.2019, 16:15