Kazakhstan and United Nations Expand Cooperation
A cooperation agreement was signed by the Kazakh Ministry of Information and Social Development and the United Nations Volunteers Program. The commitment to strengthen the partnership between the intergovernmental organization and Kazakhstan includes the support and involvement of Kazakhs in the ranks of UN volunteers.
In May this year, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has supported the idea of participants of the Kazakh-Russian Youth Forum on declaring the year 2020 as the Volunteer Year in Kazakhstan.
The agreement activates the role of Kazakhstan in international volunteer activities. Citizens of Kazakhstan can become international specialist volunteers, or the UN Volunteers. The areas of activity are in medicine, education and military journalism.
“Having your President decided that 2020 will be the Year of Volunteerism, will really build the case further in Kazakhstan for really honoring the work of the volunteers and promoting volunteerism also in support of Kazakhstan reaching the agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals. I think Kazakhstan has been traditionally a country with a lot of people to support. This principle, this Asar public association, as you called it I understand in Kazakh, is something that is quite ingrained in the culture,” said Executive Coordinator of UN Volunteers Program, Olivier Adam.