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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has visited New York

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On 11-13 January 2016, H.E. Mr. Y.Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has visited New York. The aim of the visit was to promote international initiatives of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan’s candidacy for non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018 GG.
H.E. Mr. Ashikbayev held a briefing on the international initiatives of President Nazarbayev for the ambassadors of the Member-countries ofAfrican Group, as well as for the of Latin America and the Caribbean Group of countries. Of particular interest was President’s initiative on the fight against terrorism and extremism including conducting the high-level event “Religions against terrorism”, the allocation by each country one percent of the military expenditures to finance the sustainable development goals, the transformation of the ECOSOC to the Council for Global Development and establishing of the supranational currency.
Deputy Minister Ashikbayev informed the participants of the meeting on the preparation for EXPO 2017, and plans to establish a center for renewable energy and investment projects based on the infrastructure of the exhibition under the auspices of the UN.
During his visit Mr. Ashikbayev had a meeting with the Permanent Representatives of the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), during which the sides discussed prospects of development of Kazakhstan’s partnership with the African countries within the framework of the UN agenda on sustainable development for the period up to 2030.
Deputy Minister also participated in a side event on “Ethics and the implementation of sustainable development goals.”
In the course of the meeting with H.E.Mr. Miroslav Jenča, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs they discussed the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the prospects for their implementation within the United Nations.