Kazakhstan continued the work at the UN High-Level Segment in Geneva

GENEVA, 25 February 2019 – Delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Yerzhan Ashikbayev continued its work at the United Nations High-Level Segment in Geneva.

During the meeting with the Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) Mr. Michael Möller, Kazakh diplomat confirmed continued commitment and support of the UNOG goals: Kazakhstan sent military personnel to the peacekeeping forces in Lebanon, Astana in October 2018 hosted the World Heath Conference and the Congress of Religious Leaders, active work of creating the regional hub in Almaty. Our country is making a significant contribution to the UN Disarmament Agenda, including Nuclear Disarmament, Biosafety and Conventional arms reduction. Mr. Möller expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan for active promotion of the ideas of the Organization and the implementation of sustainable development goals at the regional level.

At the meeting with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Mr. Roberto Azevedo the main topic was devoted to the preparation process of the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO, scheduled for June 2020 in Astana. Mr. Ashikbayev also stressed that Kazakhstan is a supporter of strengthening the multilateral trading system and is in favour of ensuring a level playing field for recently acceded WTO members and a fair competitive environment for all WTO members. Mr. Azevedo expressed confidence that Kazakhstan's membership in the WTO will contribute to the effective capitalise on the country's trading potential, as well as to the promotion of the integration of the Central Asian region into global trade.

During the meeting with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, emphasis was made on the cooperation in technical assistance and capacity building area. Mr. Ashikbayev expressed gratitude for the WIPO efforts in assisting Kazakhstan to development copyright collective management system in the country, and also noted the WIPO's initiative to organize regular events aimed at training judges on the specificities of examining intellectual property proceedings. In addition, the parties discussed the negotiation process on the accession of Kazakhstan to the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).

During the meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the parties discussed the prospects of implementing the Global Refugee Treaty, the active role of Kazakhstan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in responding to humanitarian crises, and stressed the importance of the participation of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the creation of a regional UN Hub in Almaty.

Created at : 27.02.2019, 08:45, Updated at : 27.02.2019, 08:45