The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexey Volkov attended the annual Substantive Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

July 12. MFA

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexey Volkov attended the annual Substantive Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexey Volkov attended the annual Substantive Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which took place at the Palais des Nations, UN, in Geneva on July 10-12. As part of the Operational Activities Segment of the ECOSOC session, the Head of the Kazakhstan delegation spoke at the panel discussion on progress in implementing General Assembly resolution on the QCPR – perspectives of UN programme countries – on 10th July.

In his statement, Alexey Volkov told about the main directions of Kazakhstan’s cooperation with the UN system agencies and different programmes aimed at sustainable development. Currently, there are 17 institutions and UN agencies operating in Kazakhstan, which demonstrates the high level of bilateral cooperation.

Kazakhstan acts as a geographical and political bridge between North and South, Europe and Asia. Therefore, our country is ideal for facilitating cooperation in international initiatives.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs also expressed the need for enhanced cooperation with neighboring countries in addressing common issues such as the environment, migration, drug trafficking and the potential threat of religious extremism and terrorism emanating from the realities of post-2014 Afghanistan. In this regard, one of strategic and substantive decisions from the Kazakhstan’s point of view is the creation of the UN Regional Hub in Almaty, which can serve as a platform for promoting regional development, security and stability.

The Head of the Kazakhstan delegation stressed that Kazakhstan supports strengthening of the global architecture of international relations. He also said that there is a need to analyze the events and phenomena on a global scale as well as in the regional dimension. In this regard, the UN agencies have an important role in strengthening the confidence of Member States and further developing an equitable dialogue on all matters of the international agenda.

The statement by the representative of Kazakhstan generated great interest and support among the participants including the Administrator of the UNDP, the Chair of the UN Development Group Mrs. Helen Clark, the heads of delegations of China, New Zealand, Kyrgyzstan and others.

The work of the substantive session of the ECOSOC will continue till 26 July 2013.

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