European Institute for Asian Studies
A Global Kazakhstan for an Interconnected World
  • Start04:30 PM - Dec 04 2018
  • End06:30 PM - Dec 04 2018
  • European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org

»A Global Kazakhstan for an Interconnected World«

 

Expert exchange with:

H.E. Mr Yerzhan ASHIKBAYEV, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Kazakhstan

Mr Andrejs MAMIKINS, Member of the European Parliament

Mr Bert VERSMESSEN, Coordinator for UN Security Council Membership, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr Rory KEANE, Head of the UN Liason Office for Peace and Security

Mr Boris IAROCHEVITCH, Head of Central Asia Division, European External Action Service

Moderator: Axel GOETHALS, CEO, EIAS

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 16h30 – 18h30, followed by a networking reception with Kazakh Cuisine

Registration from 16h00

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels

Kazakhstan’s election as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council for the period 2017-2018 represented a landmark for Central Asia. With Kazakhstan about to conclude its two years stint as non-permanent member of UNSC, its efforts in strengthening global security and furthering conflict resolution have confirmed its status as a key regional leader and internationally recognized global partner.

Within the framework of the UN Security Council, the country set seven goals that identify the country’s main concerns in the realms of regional and global security. Kazakhstan’s main priority is to achieve global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, with a close second objective being the design of successful conflict resolution strategies at global and local levels. By distinguishing between global and local conflicts, Kazakhstan makes reference to its third and fourth objectives, turning attention towards the unique needs of regions such as Central Asia and the unpredictability of modern security challenges such as terrorism. Kazakhstan’s ambitions to strengthen regional security cooperation in Central Asia is reflected in the country’s crucial participation in projects throughout Afghanistan. Moreover, in accordance with its fifth objective, Kazakhstan’s attention to regional and local conflicts is manifested in the conducting of peace and security operations in other regions – i.e., Africa and the Middle East, with peacekeepers from Kazakhstan most recently deployed in Lebanon.

Kazakhstan’s final two objectives offer evidence of the country’s global perspective on security. By assuming the role of a global player engaged in developing increased awareness of global security challenges, Kazakhstan is working to highlight the link between security and sustainable development. Alongside this, Kazakhstan remains committed to providing outside-the-box solutions to assist the UN system of security maintenance in assessing the uncertain nature of the threats and challenges of the 21st century.

In the context of the UNSC, Kazakhstan’s non-proliferation credentials in combination with its active involvement in peacekeeping operations have accelerated the country’s transformation into a leading actor in global security cooperation. At this event, the legacy of Kazakhstan’s two years at the UN Security Council will be reflected upon, before our distinguished panel consider the future role of this new global player in the field of multilateral diplomacy.


Kazakhstan’s election as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council for the period 2017-2018 represented a landmark for Central Asia. With Kazakhstan about to conclude its two years stint as non-permanent member of UNSC, its efforts in strengthening global security and furthering conflict resolution have confirmed its status as a key regional leader and internationally recognized global partner.

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