​Kazakhstan increases cooperation with key Vienna-based international organizations

VIENNA, May 6, 2019 During the working visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Beibut Atamkulov, to Austria, heads of international organizations at the UN Office at Vienna expressed interest in enhancing partnerships.

During the meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General, Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna, and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, an array of issues related to drug trafficking, crime, corruption, money laundering, human trafficking, countering extremism and terrorism were discussed, namely, the Office's project on de-radicalization among prisoners in Kazakh prison facilities.

Mr. Fedotov emphasized that Kazakhstan was the UNODC's key partner in the region. In this respect, the Office fully supports Kazakhstan's foreign policy initiatives to maintain regional security, including the activity of the Central Asian Regional Information Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs (CARICC) in Almaty, a unique model of regional interaction in countering drug trafficking across Afghanistan's northern route.

The meeting discussed specific joint efforts, primarily in building the capacity of national laboratories for scientific and forensic research in drugs and their precursors, as well as in enhancing the skills of experts to reduce the use of forged Kazakh identification documents.

At the end of the meeting, the UNODC head received the highest award of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan “for contributing to foreign policy and strengthening bilateral relations”, named after Nazir Torekulov.

In the meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Director General Yukiya Amano welcomed effective nuclear cooperation, including the opening of the unique IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan.

The Director General of the Agency commended the role and contribution of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev to global disarmament and non-proliferation.

The sides discussed cooperation between Kazakhstan and the IAEA regarding peaceful uses of atomic energy, including such areas of nuclear technology application as medicine, agriculture, water management, as well as the IAEA's assistance in overcoming the effects of nuclear testing at the former Semipalatinsk test site.

During the talks, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, emphasized that the historic decision of the First President to close the Semipalatinsk test site on August 29, 1991 kicked off the closure of nuclear test sites around the globe and paved the way towards the adoption of the CTBT in 1996. He thanked the Kazakh leader for the initiative to declare August 29, in the UN, the International Day against Nuclear Tests. The sides discussed specific cooperation plans to ensure the CTBT's early entry into force.

Furthermore, Mr. Atamkulov met with Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Li Yong.

It was noted that Kazakhstan is interested in strengthening cooperation with UNIDO due to its vast experience and high-quality consulting services, as demonstrated by the large number of projects across the globe.

The Foreign Minister underlined the importance of standardizing Kazakh exports to foreign countries, primarily to China, as it is the largest market for domestic products, and expressed interest in UNIDO's assistance in this process.

In turn, Director General Yong stressed that EXPO 2017 was a vivid example of Kazakhstan's contribution to sustainable development and promotion of green technology.

The sides noted the global significance of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative, and Kazakhstan's contribution to the connectivity of Asian and European infrastructure by providing transport and logistics corridors between them. The sides also discussed opening a UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Nur-Sultan, to support foreign direct investment and foreign technology.

Moreover, the UNIDO Director General focused on the technological aspects of development, improving the efficiency and quality of production, and the importance of standardizing and digitizing the industrial development of member states. The organization expressed interest in utilizing expert support to modernize Kazakhstan's economy, as initiated by the country's First President, and ensure the country's continued industrial development.

Created at : 7.05.2019, 13:00, Updated at : 7.05.2019, 13:30