Recognition of the country’s progress

Nov 14. MFA

Recognition of the country’s progressIn the framework of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the elections to the United Nations Council on Human Rights – the UNHRC- took place, in which Kazakhstan was first elected its member from the Asia-Pacific Group, announced the Foreign Ministry’s official spokesman Altai Abibullayev at a media briefing.

Of the 193 member-nations 183 had voted for Kazakhstan. Over the 20-year record of Kazakhstan’s cooperation with the UN it is the best result, fifth best among the 18 new member-states in the number of votes and second in the Asia-Pacific Group. Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Korea, Japan and the UAE applied for the five seats in the Council from the AP group, and all the 18 elected nations assume their duties January 1, 2013.

The UN Human Rights Council was established on 15 March 2006 and is a leading and respected international body in human rights protection, replacing the HR commission and consists of 47 countries. Membership is open to all the UN member-nations, who are elected for three years by a majority vote of the General Assembly by direct and secret ballot.

Kazakhstan upholds the Human Rights Council’s mechanisms, and our Foreign Minister annually takes part in the meetings of the HRC high-level Segment.

In February 2010, Kazakhstan presented and successfully defended in Geneva its first national report under the new human rights mechanism – the Universal Periodic Review.

Election of our country to a major UN human rights framework is recognition of its progress in sequential strengthening, protection of universal human rights and freedoms, as well as clear evidence of a steadfast commitment to active international cooperation in this area.

As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Kazakhstan undertakes to contribute to strengthening of the structure’s credibility and effectiveness, basing on the principles of fairness, impartiality, non-selectivity, non-politicizing and constructive dialogue.

It should also be noted that January 17, 2012, the RK CEC member Marat Sarsenbayev was elected to the HRC Committee for a term until the end of 2012.

At the briefing Altai Abibullayev also announced the upcoming foreign policy events in the country.

14-16 November in Brussels, 12th meeting opens of the “Kazakhstan – EU” Cooperation Committee. Kazakhstani delegation to it is headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Volkov.

November 15-16 in Djibouti, the 39th session of the OIC CFM will be held, with Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov leading the Kazakh delegation. In it, Djibouti takes over the chairmanship in the OIC from Kazakhstan. In the sidelines of the session E. Idrisov will be in bilateral meetings with the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and foreign ministers of leading Muslim countries.

Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the organization will be tallied up, and cooperation ahead is to be mapped out.

16-18 November Abu Dhabi is hosting an international forum “Sir Bani Yas” that Kazakhstan Foreign Minister is to attend. It will hold in-sessions on the future of Palestine and the Middle East peace process, the U.S. policy in the region, changes in Syria and neighboring countries and other topical regional and international issues.