UN regional hub will open in Almaty in 2019
The UN regional hub will open in Almaty in 2019. This was announced in Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The hub will unite 19 agencies and the UN representative offices. The hub will provide assistance to the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, and to victims of natural and man-made disasters.
KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH FOREIGN MINISTER
- Kazakhstan pursues very balanced policy. We use high tribute of the United Nations to proclaim our vision of the world free of war, conflicts. It was for example, that Kazakhstan’s initiative on conference on interaction and confidence building measures.
In mid-March, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on one year extension of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. During the talks, Kazakhstan’s delegation, as a chairman of a number of UN Security Council committees, made necessary additions to the resolution. In particular, there were amendments regarding negative impact Central Asian states experiencing now due to international terrorist groups’ activities in Afghanistan’s territory. The Kazakh delegation stressed the need to address the root causes of the conflict. Sweden supports Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping initiatives. This country has become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the next two years together with Kazakhstan.
OLOF SKOOG, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SWEDEN TO UN
- We’ve already started. But we have very high expectations working with Kazakhstan. We are very pleased that we will be joined by Kazakhstan on the Security Council.