Heads of states and governments, foreign ministers, high-level representatives of UN member states and leaders of regional international organisations have gathered at the UN headquarters for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, which began Sept. 19 in New York.
This year’s debate topic is “Focusing on People. Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”
Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov represented his country at the UN debates this year and discussed President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s global and regional security initiatives put forward at the opening of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank Aug. 29 and at the first ever Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Summit on Science and Technology Sept. 10 in Astana.
He also briefed foreign leaders on major outcomes and the legacy of EXPO 2017 international exhibition, as well as the progress of modernisation programmes in the political, economic and cultural life of the country.
Kazakhstan also supported a political declaration to reform the United Nations. Abdrakhmanov took part in a Sept. 18 high-level meeting on UN reform on the initiative of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Improving the work of the UN was announced by Nazarbayev as one of the seven main priorities of Kazakhstan’s membership in the UN Security Council. The Declaration on UN Reform is in line with Kazakhstan’s basic approaches in this sphere.
The US-initiated declaration contains such reforms as strengthening the Secretary General’s role, increasing the accountability and transparency of the entire UN system, improving management, reducing duplication among the Organisation’s structures, improving staff management and budget planning. The document also emphasises the importance of strengthening partnership and trust between the member states and the UN Secretariat.
Kazakhstan has also joined the UN Document on Commitment to the Elimination of Sexual Exploitation and Violence.