Kazakhstan’s unprecedented contribution

Nov 21. Kazpravda

By Magzum Sultangaliyev

Kazakhstan’s unprecedented contributionIn Geneva, the Nazarbayev Center presented the ATOM project.

A photo exposition has opened in UN “The lesson of the World: history of dismantling the Soviet nuclear weapons program in Kazakhstan” and an art exhibition “I have only my heart to embrace you: Karipbek Kuyukov’s works”.

The presentation was organized by the international organization “Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament” and RK Permanent Mission in the UN Office in Geneva. Kanat Saudabayev – chairman of the Commission for nuclear weapons non-proliferation under the RK President, director of Nazarbayev Center – said Kazakhstan’s unprecedented contribution to the process of nuclear disarmament and reduction of the nuclear threat is widely recognized in the world.

– We are grateful to everyone, who supported Kazakhstan’s initiative in the United Nations, and especially the countries that were co-authors of the resolution. Kazakhstan intends to continue to work in this direction and cooperate with the U.S., Russia and Europe tackling current problems in this area”, – said K. Saudabayev.

He also underlined importance of the international ATOM project, implemented by the Nazarbayev center that prioritizes the global disarmament and non-proliferation.

Karipbek Kuyukov – honorary ambassador of the ATOM Project, Laurent Corbaz – head of operations for Europe and Central Asia under the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Kerstin Vignard – Projects and Publications manager, and Editor in Chief of Disarmament Forum under UNIDIR made presentations there.

Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev – general director of the UN Office in Geneva and Personal Representative of the UN Secretary General at the Conference on Disarmament – said the current exhibition shows only a small part of human and environmental damage, caused by decades of nuclear testing worldwide. He highly appreciated the efforts of the ATOM project and Nazarbayev Center to show the serious consequences of nuclear testing, to strengthen accountability in the atom area, disarmament and nuclear weapons non-proliferation in the world.

During his stay in Geneva K. Saudabayev met with Peter Maurer – president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Theresa Hitchens – director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Outlook for mutually beneficial cooperation, including development and implementation of specific joint projects in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament were among the topics covered.