Kazakhstan’s initiatives highly appreciated at UN Vienna Office
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Yerzhan Ashikbayev, held meetings with the leadership of UN organizations located in Vienna during his working visit to Austria, Strategy2050.kz reports with reference to the press service of the Foreign Ministry.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi emphasized the special role played by Kazakhstan in global efforts to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The parties discussed the issues of strengthening nuclear safety and the peaceful use of atomic energy, prospects for the use of atomic and radiation technologies of the IAEA for development purposes - in agriculture, medicine, water management, and rehabilitation of the territory of the former Semipalatinsk test site.
The IAEA Director General expressed appreciation for the participation of Kazakhstan’s delegation in the Conference on Nuclear Safety in Vienna and expressed the hope that, taking into account our country's contribution to enhancing nuclear safety, Kazakhstan will be adequately represented at the Review Conference of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material in Vienna in 2021.
During the meeting with newly appointed Director General of the UN Office in Vienna, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Waly, the parties discussed a wide range of issues in the sphere of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as countering extremism and terrorism, in particular threats related to foreign terrorist fighters.
Ms. Waly praised Kazakhstan’s efforts to return its citizens, primarily women and children, from war zones in the Middle East. It was also noted that UNODC will continue to pay particular attention to the practical activities of the Central Asian Information Coordination Center, located in Almaty, to combat the drug threat and provide the Center with all possible assistance.
Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CNTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, emphasized that thanks to First President of Kazakhstan, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, who decided to close the Semipalatinsk test site on August 29, 1991, the process for adoption of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was launched in 1996. He drew attention to the unique contribution that Kazakhstan makes to the CNTBTO, noting that, on the initiative of Kazakhstan, the United Nations annually celebrates International Day Against Nuclear Tests on 29 August.
The areas of further cooperation between Kazakhstan and the CNTBTO were discussed, in particular, the deployment of the first noble gas radionuclide monitoring station in our country as a cooperating element of the CNTBTO global monitoring system, the functioning of which makes covert nuclear testing impossible.
During his visit to the UN Vienna Office, Ashikbayev also visited a specialized laboratory that conducts scientific and forensic research in the field of drugs and their precursors, as well as enhancing the competence of law enforcement, special and consular services, including through the identification of fake identification documents.