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9 January 2014

On 9 January 2014, the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Kairat Abdrakhmanov, presented his credentials to the United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon. During the ceremony, they exchanged views on current issues on the global agenda, the role of the United Nations in addressing them, and Kazakhstans contribution to this process.

Both parties emphasized the fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation between our country and the world Organization, its funds and programmes. High-level meetings between the President of Kazakhstan, H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, and Secretary-General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, are being held regularly, and the United Nations supports many international initiatives taken by Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan stands ready to continue its work with the United Nations on issues highlighted by the Secretary-General, such as poverty eradication, women's empowerment and protecting their rights, the development of public-private partnerships, creation of new jobs, climate change and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Kazakhstan has been actively involved in the process of elaborating the Sustainable Development Goals and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. We were among the first to report to the international community on reaching the targets for a number of MDGs, including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, access to primary education, and achieving gender equality in the sphere of secondary education.

The issues of non-proliferation, energy, water and food security are high priorities on the agenda of Kazakhstans election campaign for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2017-2018.

The Republic of Kazakhstan became a member of the United Nations on 2 March 1992. Since its accession, the country has been sponsoring and co-sponsoring various resolutions related to nuclear disarmament, addressing consequences of the nuclear tests, protection of populations of environmentally vulnerable regions, and the rapprochement of cultures.

Kazakhstan is an active engaged member of numerous United Nations bodies. Currently, it is a member of the Economic and Social Council, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Coordinating Board of UNAIDS, and the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.

Kazakhstan has nominated its candidacy to the post of President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was the first Asian representative to successfully head the United Nations Office at Geneva. Mrs. Byrganym Aitimova, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to United Nations in New York in 2007-2013, also served as President of the International Association of Permanent Representatives to United Nations.

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