‘COVID-19 has exposed our past mistakes and failures’ says Kazakhstan President

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stress test for the world, and has exposed our past mistakes and failures, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, told world leaders, during his address to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

UN refugee agency welcomes move to register all births in Kazakhstan

The decision to ensure that all babies born in Kazakhstan are registered at birth and issued birth certificates has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR

Kazakhstan continues to push for a nuclear-free world

Kazakhstan, the Central Asian country which has renounced nuclear weapons, continued on Tuesday to urge the international community to make a nuclear-free world reality.

Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert

Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan’s repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.

Consequences of nuclear testing are devastating and long-lasting: Kazakh Ambassador

For the  International Day Against Nuclear Tests UN News’s Elena Vapnitchnaia spoke to Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN, on the impact of over 450 nuclear tests conducted in his country and Kazakhstan’s efforts to work with the wider international community on enhancing public awareness and education about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions. 

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Peace and stability vital for sustainable development in a fragile world, Kazakh Minister tells UN Assembly

Addressing the 72nd annual general debate at the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan reiterated his country’s commitment to sustainable development and urged global leaders to remain steadfast in their battle against climate change, including through the use of renewable energy.

Syria "drama" is not over as UN is denied aid access

A fragile ceasefire is largely holding in Syria but “tremendous dramas” are still being played out by the people of the war-torn country, the UN warned on Thursday.

The war in Syria has lasted almost six years.

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UN torture prevention body urges Kazakhstan to enhance prisoner rehabilitation

The United Nations’ torture prevention body has urged Kazakhstan to focus more on the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment, as part of efforts to ensure that people deprived of their liberty are protected against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

“Beginnings” of Central Asian cooperation over terror prevention

Central Asia is showing the “beginnings” of cooperation between states over preventing acts of terrorism.

That’s the view of Petko Draganov, head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia.

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New law threatens civil society independence in Kazakhstan, warns UN expert

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, today warned that a new bill amending the law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kazakhstan, may compromise the independence of associations and also challenge their existence.