ASTANA, On February 1st, 2018 – Kazakhstan has completed its presidency of the United Nations Security Council.
Throughout January, Kazakhstan steered the work of one of the main UN bodies, guided by President Nazarbayev’s address to the UN Security Council, and Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.
Kazakhstan’s Presidency of the UN Security Council ensured that the smooth day-to-day work of the Security Council was carried out with the assistance of the UN Secretariat.
Approximately 30 consultations, briefings and debates were held under Kazakhstan’s UNSC Presidency, which resulted in a number of resolutions and press statements being issued by the Council President.
The flagship event of Kazakhstan’s Presidency of the UNSC was a high-level thematic briefing on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Confidence-Building Measures which was held on January 18th and chaired by President Nazarbayev. The meeting highlighted that confidence-building measures, as well as the strengthening of preventive diplomacy tools, could serve as a starting point for addressing many critical issues which continue to remain unresolved due to ongoing global instability.
The Statement by the President of the UN Security Council (S/PRST/2018/1) which was adopted at the end of the meeting is focused on a comprehensive conflict prevention strategy. In addition to an early warning system, preventive deployment, mediation, peacekeeping, post-conflict peace building, and accountability measures, the document included – for the first time – the problems associated with the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This makes the adopted document unique.
As the first Central Asian country elected to the UNSC, Kazakhstan used its month long Presidency to actively promote the interests of all states of the region.
Another key event of Kazakhstan’s UNSC Presidency was the ministerial debates held on January 19th which focused on Building Regional Partnerships in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a Model to Link Security and Development. The event was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Kairat Abdrakhmanov. The meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers of Kuwait, Russia, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Deputy Foreign Ministers of Great Britain, the Netherlands, the United States, Equatorial Guinea and Afghanistan, as well as delegations of the UN Security Council member states and the European Union. UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered a keynote address.
The meeting resulted in the adoption of Presidential Statement S/PRST/2018/2. The document stresses the importance of advancing regional, inter-regional and international cooperation to achieve long-term peace, stability and sustainable development in Afghanistan and Central Asia. It also supports the joint efforts of countries of the region to enhance a zone of peace, cooperation and prosperity.