Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the UN Security Council
2018 is the second year of Kazakhstan’s work as a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council. From the beginning of January, Kazakhstan has chaired the Security Council and has been able to demonstrate a firm commitment to the cause of peace and security. For example, it was possible to adopt politically binding international acts of the Security Council on complex issues of conflict prevention, preventive diplomacy in the regional aspect as well as on the document on Afghanistan and the constructive role of the Centr
al Asian countries. Previously, there were no such precedents. From January 12 to 15, Kazakhstan's chairmanship organized a trip to Kabul with the members of the UN Security Council.
KAIRAT UMAROV, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF KAZAKHSTAN TO UNITED NATIONS:
- There haven’t been such trips since 2010. This trip has enabled all countries to understand our approach which is about the fact that security and sustainable development are interrelated. Our visit to the events that are taking place in Afghanistan today, specifically, the terrorist attacks that took place in January allowed all the member countries of the Security Council to really pay attention to the region. Today they are looking at this problem from another perspective.
The field mission to Kabul helped to understand the situation. According to the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, after this trip, members of the Security Council were ready to participate in debates on Kazakhstan’s initiative, "Building a regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia a model for the interdependence of security and development."
OLOF SKOOG, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SWEDEN TO THE UNITED NATIONS:
- Thank you very much, Mr. President. I want to start by joining other members, you and your team to contribute to excellence stewardship of the council during the month, January. As the first country from central asia, to preside over the council we recommend the focus on the regional approach, conflict prevention that you brought to a work. Stronger regional cooperation can not only help to overcome challenges but also create the conditions for mutually beneficial opportunities.
The personal presence of President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the meeting of the Security Council caused genuine interest within the walls of the UN and beyond. During his speech, the head of state noted that confidence-building measures should remain on the agenda as an essential element in maintaining the global security and strengthening peace.
FRANСOIS DELATTRE, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS:
Presidency from Kazakhstan, first of all, led with grace and professionalism and efficiency and the spirit of great president of the Security Council trying to bring nations and people together. Secondly, I think it was a very exceptional presidency. Great appreciation from me but I believe from everybody and this was for Kazakhstan but also for Security Council. It was a very productive month that we will not forget.
STEPHEN HICKEY, POLITICAL CO-ORDINATOR AT UK MISSION TO UNITED NATIONS:
- Kazakhstan has been an exceptionally effective president in the council that focuses on importance of regional cooperation in Central Asia. It has really been a transparent, interactive and effective chamber of council. I think the focus that you put on nuclear disarmament and the way you showcased Kazakhstan’s experience in nuclear disarmament was really important particularly getting the threat from North Korea.
The historical importance of the past month for Kazakhstan is undeniable. Kazakhstan’s membership in the UN Security Council continues and the republic still has many opportunities for manifesting its creative qualities.