Terrorism, migration and storage of resources: world-level challenges voiced by N. Nazarbayev

Nursultan Nazarbayev told about today's issues of terrorism, migration process and the storage of resources in the global world at the third annual meeting of the Astana club.
Astana city13 November , 17:06

"The international terrorism has catastrophic proportions, there are no borders for it. Today, any point of the globe can become the object of destructive strikes. Since the beginning of the third millennium, the number of terrorist attacks, as well as the number of deaths, has grown at a time. In 2016, terrorist attacks occurred in 104 countries, more than half of the world. That is, according to geography and scale, we are, conditionally, actually in the third world war - the war against terror. Moreover, terrorist attacks are shifting from developing to developed countries. According to the global index of terrorism, 2015 was the worst year in terms of terrorism for the OECD countries. The number of attacks was 731, with terrorist attacks taking place in 21 of the 34 OECD countries", N. Nazarbayev said.

According to the President, the pseudo-Islamic currents expand the area of ​​their influence, aggressively penetrating the territories of many States.

"Despite the contradictions, the world and regional powers managed to coordinate actions to combat ISIS (prohibited in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan) in the Middle East. However, we must understand that the smashed militants will begin to revive the cells in other territories, and this is a serious challenge for the whole of Eurasia", the Head of State said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also talked about the problem of controlled global migration, which requires conceptual rethinking.

"For the entire history of mankind there has been no such significant demographic imbalance. If in developed countries the population is 1 billion people, then in developing countries - 6.5 billion people. Over the past 25 years, the number of international migrants has doubled and now exceeds 250 million people. People massively move in mainly fearing of poverty and wars. This entails the growth of social tension, crime and unemployment. The flows of migrants from the Middle East and Africa took Europe by surprise, provoking socio-political crises", Nursultan Nazarbayev noted.

Without due attention, problems of limited resources for people's livelihoods remain, the Head of State added.

"First of all, it concerns the lack of fresh water. The struggle for it becomes a source of interstate contradictions. The scarcity of water resources has aggravated relations between Pakistan and India", Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized.

N. Nazarbayev dwelled on the food crisis in some regions of the world, reducing arable land, and also reducing soil fertility.

"According to experts' calculations, in the next 40 years it is necessary to increase the acreage for cereals, at least twice. At the same time, it is important to intensify the agriculture of the Eurasian countries. Including, and Kazakhstan, as a major producer of food products", the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan concluded.


Akbota Kuzekbay