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Strong push for Kazakhstan's UN Security Council bid

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"The world will benefit from both the end goal and the process of disarmament." - Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov

KAZAKHSTAN continues to push strongly in its bid to gain a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2017/18.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov held a series of meetings in New York with his international counterparts to familiarise the international community with Kazakhstan's priorities should it be elected to serve at the global organisation.

During an official visit to the United Nations headquarters recently, Mr Idrissov participated in a UN General Assembly debate on Global Peace and Security under the theme In a World of Risks: A New Commitment for Peace.

Participants at the debate, including president of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, foreign ministers and deputy ministers from 25 UN member states, discussed a number of security issues, from peacekeeping to the inter-relationship of security with sustainable development and environmental protection. Citing Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev's recent key document, Manifesto: The World. The 21st century, among other anti-war, anti-proliferation and anti-terrorism initiatives by Kazakhstan, Mr Idrissov said: "The world will benefit from both the end goal and the process of disarmament; moving towards a nuclear-weapons-free world will equip humankind with a cooperative mechanism to sustain and support security at the lowest levels of armaments.

"Such a process will release excessive expenditure to be transferred to social and economic development in line with Kazakhstan's initiative to allocate annually one per cent of national defence budgets to sustainable development."

Mr Idrissov concluded: "We call on member states to endorse Kazakhstan's proposal to establish a global anti-terrorist coalition under the UN, as well as universal mechanisms to bring perpetrators to justice."

In September 2013, Kazakhstan announced its bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2017/18 term. The results of the bid will be announced at the end of June in New York.

As a regional leader and global partner in matters of energy security, and a valuable contributor to international peacekeeping missions, Kazakhstan hopes to bring its unique experience and expertise to bear on some of the pressing challenges currently facing the organisation.

Its bid is based on four central pillars: food security, water security, energy security and nuclear security