Kazakhstan’s 2010 OSCE Chairmanship programme focus of Almaty conference


Kazakhstan's 2010 OSCE Chairmanship programme focus of Almaty conferenceA conference to discuss the initial results and future plans of Kazakhstan’s 2010 OSCE Chairmanship was held in Almaty today.

The event was organized by the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies and al-Farabi Kazakh National University with support from the OSCE Centre in Astana.

Government officials, local and international experts, representatives from diplomatic missions, civil society and academia and journalists discussed Kazakhstan’s efforts as the OSCE Chair to address today’s security challenges. They debated ways of maintaining security and stability in Central Asia, facilitating prevention and possible resolution of protracted conflicts, promoting tolerance and non-discrimination as well as strengthening trust and confidence among participating States.

“The OSCE’s work is based on the fundamental principles of indivisible, comprehensive and co-operative security. This meeting provided an interesting forum to discuss Kazakhstan’s efforts to reaffirm these key principles and enhance dialogue on the future of security in the OSCE region,” said Jeannette Kloetzer, the Deputy Head of the OSCE Centre.

Senator Kuanysh Sultanov, a member of Kazakhstan’s parliament, added: “Kazakhstan, as the first post-Soviet country to hold the OSCE Chairmanship, is in our view providing a new impetus to the work of the Organization. In an era when the world faces new threats and challenges, Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship aims to ensure security and stability throughout the entire OSCE region by taking a broad and balanced approach to the politico-military, economic-environmental and human dimensions.”

The conference is the latest in a series of roundtable meetings, academic conferences, lectures and publications initiated in 2008 aimed at raising awareness in Kazakhstan of the Organization’s principles and commitments and supporting the government in its Chairmanship role.


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Kazakhstan as chair country developed Road Map for OSCE – Jeannette Kloetzer


Yekaterina Ionova

Kazakhstan defined directions and rates of activity of the OSCE in its program which was represented in Vienna on January 14. Deputy Head of the OSCE Centre in Astana Jeannette Kloetzer has said it at the VIII conference “Chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OSCE: preliminary results and prospects”.

According to her, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office ensures sequence of his predecessors’ initiatives and establishes the basis of work for the following months and even beyond 2010.

“Looking back on those six months of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE, it is crucial to say that the situation is non-standard. Introducing the program, the Chairman-in-Office could not imagine that in his area of responsibility there would appear a conflict situation which needs to be settled. I wanted to emphasize the steps taken by Kazakhstan on sustainable settlement of the conflict and establishment of stability in Kyrgyzstan”, J.Kloetzer said.

She reminded that there would be held many important events. Stockholm will host a conference which will celebrate 20th anniversary of the corresponding Stockholm Human Rights Document. A lot of delegations will take part in the High-Level Conference on Tolerance and Nondiscrimination in Astana. And Almaty will host an informal meeting of the OSCE Foreign Ministers in Almaty on July 16-17.

“The Kazakh chairmanship developed the Road Map. The OSCE under Kazakhstan’s chairmanship proves itself as a powerful dialog platform”, she noted.

The organizer is the Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan