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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September

The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet.

The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone depleting substances and the related reductions have not only helped protect the ozone layer for this and future generations, but have also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change; furthermore, it has protected human health and ecosystems by limiting the harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the earth.

Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol

The theme for World Ozone Day 2018 is a motivational rallying call urging all of us to carry on with the exemplary work of protecting the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol. The theme has two connotations – that our work of protecting the ozone layer also protects climate and that the Montreal Protocol is a “cool” treaty, as exemplified by its outstanding success.

What You Can Do:

  • Protect yourself from ozone layer depletion by avoiding excessive sun exposure.
  • Take care of your appliances to minimize ozone layer impact



16 September 2018

This has been a year of record-breaking heat around the world. It is also a pivotal time for climate action.

As we address this threat, we can draw inspiration from the Montreal Protocol, a shining example of how the world can come together for people and planet.

When science showed us that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other substances were tearing a hole in the ozone layer that protects all life on earth, the world responded with determination and foresight by banning them. Thanks to this global commitment, the ozone layer is expected to return to its 1980 levels by mid-century.

However, this work is not yet done.

The landmark Kigali Amendment, which enters into force on 1 January 2019, sets its sights on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful climate-warming gases still used in cooling systems.

So far, 46 countries have ratified this new instrument; I call on all others to follow suit and show their commitment to a healthier planet. I expect countries to demonstrate significant progress in implementing the Kigali Amendment at the Climate Summit I am convening in September 2019.

For over three decades, the Montreal Protocol has done much more than shrink the ozone hole; it has shown us how environmental governance can respond to science, and how countries can come together to address a shared vulnerability.

I call for that same spirit of common cause and, especially, greater leadership as we strive to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and mobilize the ambitious climate action we so urgently need at this time.

40 years since the signing of the landmark Declaration of Alma-Ata on primary health care

This 12 September 2018 will mark 40 years since the signing of the landmark Declaration of Alma-Ata on primary health care at the International Conference on Primary Health Care. The conference, held here in the city of Almaty at the Palace of the Republic, was the first of its kind to commit governments, health and development workers and the global community to protect and promote the health of the world’s population through a primary health care approach.

On the occasion of this 40th anniversary, the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care of the WHO Regional Office for Europe invites local authorities, UN agencies, development partners, partnered universities, and professional associations to join the Centre in celebrating primary health care. We take the opportunity to welcome you to our offices, hosted at the Kazakh National Medical University, to hear about our work to analyse, advice and share on primary health care in the WHO European Region.

About the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care

The WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care is a hub of excellence in primary health care and services delivery. The Centre sets out to ensure that the WHO European Regional Office for Europe is equipped to work closely with Member States in their efforts to establish people-centred services delivery. We are a team of health economists, social scientists, data specialists, academics and former clinicians who share the same passion for primary health care. The Centre is located in Almaty, the birthplace of primary health care, where the Declaration of Alma-Ata was signed in 1978. For more details on the work of the WHO Regional Office for Europe on primary health care, visit our webpage:

About the Open House and 40th Birthday Party
When: 12 September 2018, 15:00–17:30
Where: WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, Kazakh National Medical University, Tole Bi 88, Almaty, Kazakhstan
RSVP: by 7 September for logistic purposes to


The Secretary-General


27 September 2018


“Tourism and the digital transformation”


The wide reach of tourism into many sectors, from infrastructure and energy to transport and sanitation, and its huge impact on job creation, make it a vital contributor to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the same time, tourism plays a pivotal role in advancing cultural understanding and bringing people together.


Yet tourism needs innovation in technology to realize its potential contributions.  Its benefits need to flow to host communities.  Governments can help to connect startups with investors to facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, employment and a truly inclusive tourism sector.


Digital technologies have brought positive momentum to societies and economies around the world. They have connected us on a global level, helped to empower the most vulnerable and become our crucial allies for sustainable development.  Our challenge is to continue harnessing this power for good while safeguarding against the risks.


On World Tourism Day, I call on governments to support digital technologies that can transform the way we travel, reduce the ecological burden of tourism and bring the benefits of tourism to all.




15 September 2018


Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades. That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces.

This means tackling inequality, both economic and political.  It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system.  It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges.

Working for a future that leaves no one behind requires us to consider essential pressing questions.  For example, what impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation?  How do we best harness the potential of new technologies while avoiding the dangers? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public’s aspirations?

On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy.


Press Conference will be conducted on the occasion of an Official Ceremony of the Passports Handover to the New Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in Osh


Dear Journalists and Media Representatives!

Osh, 12 September 2018 – Press Conference will be conducted on the occasion of an Official Ceremony of the Passports Handover to the New Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in Osh.  In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic issued on 30 July 2018, 1,654 persons were granted citizenship of the Kyrgyz Republic.  They include refugees, stateless and undocumented persons residing in the Kyrgyz Republic for many years.

Since 2014, UNHCR’s partners have identified more than 13,000 people in statelessness situation in the Kyrgyz Republic, including children at risk of statelessness due to the lack of birth registration and a birth certificate.  The majority of them are former citizens of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) who have not yet acquired or confirmed citizenship of the newly independent States, following the USSR’s dissolution in 1991.  Others became stateless later due to the gaps in nationality laws, international migration and mixed marriages.  Thanks to concerted efforts of the Kyrgyz government, almost all of the identified stateless people, except for 1,200 remaining cases, have found a solution through naturalization, confirmation of their nationality or obtaining a nationality of a third country.

Millions of people around the world are stateless: They are not considered as nationals by any state.  Statelessness is sometimes referred to as an invisible problem because stateless people often remain unseen and unheard.  The lack of nationality can profoundly affect the ability of people to access adequate health care, education, employment and other social services.  Many spend most of their lives battling the inequalities and often pass their struggles on to future generations.  Granting citizenship will enable stateless persons to enjoy the basic human rights and become productive members of the society.

UNHCR continues to assist the Kyrgyz Republic to resolve the remaining 1,200 cases of statelessness and to improve relevant laws to prevent future statelessness, for example through ensuring birth registration for all children born in the country.  In collaboration with the governments and other UN partners such as UNICEF, UNHCR aims to end statelessness in the world by 2024.

The Press Conference will start at 10 am. Participants are kindly requested to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier.

Expected speakers:

Mr. Jylkybaev U., Governor of Osh province of the Kyrgyz Republic

MFA Representative for the South of the Kyrgyz Republic

Ms. Pratova M., Director of Department for Registration of Population and Civil Acts of the State Registration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

Ms. Yasuko Oda, Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator of UNHCR for Central Asia


The following and the other questions will be answered during the Press Conference:

  • How many stateless persons are there in the world, Central Asia, and the Kyrgyz Republic?
  • What are the causes of statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic?
  • What challenges do they face?
  • What are the benefits after acquiring nationality?
  • What is the progress in reducing statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic?


Participants are requested to confirm their participation by 16 :00 of 10 September 2018 by the following phone : 00 996 312 611264 (ext.179) or by email: (Ms. Ester Kozhakhmetova, Protection Assistant, UNHCR in the Kyrgyz Republic)



Additional information:

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is the United Nations organization providing international protection and seeking durable solutions for refugees, asylumseekers and stateless persons.

The legal cornerstones of UNHCR’s work to assist stateless persons and prevent statelessness are the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.  The UN General Assembly also gave UNHCR the formal mandate to prevent and reduce statelessness as well as to protect stateless men, women and children.  The organization’s staff around the world pursue a strategy to eradicate statelessness.  To fulfil its unique mandate UNHCR works in partnership with the authorities and the civil society.

UNHCR office in the Kyrgyz Republic has started its activities in December 1995.

More information is on, and the Facebook page: UNHCR Central Asia



Social Good Summit 2018

Each year, the United Nations Development Program, organize the Social Good Summit, is a global event that brings together world leaders, entrepreneurs and activists to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Launched for the first time a few years ago in New York, the Forum brings together international organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other partners who want to share their knowledge and experience in development.
This year’s Forum Topic – # 2030ESC: Partnership for Development

As part of the overall theme, we want to focus on the intersection of modern digital technologies, education and media. An event of this scale involves the participation of motivating speakers, inventors and activists working to solve social, educational, environmental and economic problems.

This year the forum will be held in
Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy
(Bokeikhan 1)

Join us to find out more!

The event can be visited by anyone who wishes, but by pre-registration at this link:

International round table dedicated to the International Day Against Nuclear tests. 

The UN Regional Resource Center for the Faculty of International Relations of the Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi, with the active support of the United Nations Department of Public Information in Almaty and the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty, held an international round table on August 29, 2018, dedicated to the International Day Against Nuclear tests.

The aim of the round table was to develop and promote a dialogue on the reduction and termination of nuclear tests with the participation of representatives of the academic and scientific community, government agencies and international governmental and non-governmental organizations with a focus on actively engaging and engaging the younger generation.

The roundtable was opened by Ms. Delovarova, Director of the United Nations Assistance Center under the FIR KazNU named after al-Farabi, head of the Accreditation and Licensing Service. The welcoming speech was delivered by the associate professor Meibarev B.B., deputy dean for NID and the Faculty of Philosophy and Political Science of the al-Farabi Kazakh National University who greeted all participants and noted the importance of this event at the university and the role of Kazakhstan’s youth in this process and wished the participants fruitful work.

Further, Mr. A. Mukhidov, representative of the United Nations Department of Public Information, who marked the International Day against Nuclear Tests, as one of the important days designated by the UN in the context of universal peace and security, delivered a welcoming speech and a report. Mr. Abdurakhim Mukhidov also voiced the Message of the UN Secretary General A.Guterrish, timed to this day, and called upon the younger generation to be active observers and participants in the ongoing international developments in the field of antinuclear processes, and contribute to the implementation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Vlastimil Samek, UNDPI Representative took part in a round table from Pakistan through the Skype program. In his speech, Vlastimil expressed gratitude to KazNU for working as a global UN hub within the framework of the program “Academic Influence” and urged students and young scientists to be active academically and to become worthy citizens of their country through feasible contributions to the UN agenda and 17 Sustainable Development Goals .
Then the message of the Head of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. R.Bultrikov was announced. The Message noted that it was on this day in 1991 that the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev signed a decree that the world’s largest Semipalatinsk nuclear test site was closed and, at the initiative of Kazakhstan, this day was declared the “International Day Against Nuclear Tests”. It was further noted that this year it is already possible to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the closure of the test site and the 30th anniversary of the International Antinuclear Movement “Nevada-Semipalatinsk”, organized by the public figure of Kazakhstan O. Suleimenov, which was the first and successful model of interaction between people’s and parliamentary diplomacy. In conclusion, it was noted that Kazakhstan is a party to the most important nuclear disarmament treaties and stands for their early entry into force, as well as the fact that our country has always felt the support of the UN for a number of anti-nuclear initiatives. In today’s world, Kazakhstan is a leader in the global anti-nuclear movement and the renunciation of nuclear weapons and the status of a nuclear power was a deliberate choice of the people and today the desire for a world free of nuclear weapons is the most important component of the national idea “Mangilik El”, was summarized in the message of Mr. -Bultrikov R.I.

Further, the report was delivered by Mr. Boztaev N.K. Chairman of the public foundation “Polygon – August 29”. In his speech, Nurlan Keshrimovich noted the importance of processes aimed at anti-nuclear activities for Kazakhstan and the world. He told about the activities of the Foundation as a whole and made an excursion into history, backing up interesting facts with personal memories and important details. At the end of his speech, he presented a book about the Semipalatinsk test site in English to the Department of Public Information in Almaty in recognition of cooperation and support. Addressing the younger generation, Mr. Boztaev noted that young people live in a peaceful but difficult time and much will depend on what decisions they will make as future politicians and diplomats.

International artist-pacifist Mr. Amir Tabar also took an active part in the work of the round table. As the author of the unique technique “Blue Symphony” and supporter of universal peace, Mr. Amir said that he was deeply concerned about the current international situation and was trying to draw attention to the problems of peace and stability through his creativity.

The participants of the round table took an active part in the discussion. With a question about specific aspects of the activity of PF “Polygon-August 29” and commentary, Ms. Maya Suyunchayeva, chief licensing specialist of the accreditation and licensing service of KazNU named after al-Farabi. In her address to the participants, she noted that the discussion of the problems of a nuclear-free world is very urgent and important right now, when precisely the youth plays a big role in shaping the modern world. The 1st year students of the Faculty of International Relations actively asked questions about the activities of the United Nations and the Polygon Foundation on August 29, and also shared their views on Kazakhstan’s further possible contribution to sustainable development by implementing 17 Sustainable Development Goals, maintaining peace and strengthening the country’s status as a global antinuclear initiator. Summing up, the students noted that they are very pleased with their choice – KazNU named after al-Farabi, within the walls of which such kind of events are held and will be happy to try to support the university’s activity as a global hub of the UN program “Academic influence”.





29 August 2018


The history of nuclear testing is one of suffering, with the victims of more than 2,000 nuclear tests often from the most vulnerable communities around of the world.  The devastating consequences – which were not confined by international borders — encompassed impacts on the environment, health, food security and economic development.


Since the end of the Cold War, a robust norm has developed against nuclear testing, violated by only one State this century.  The strength of that norm has been validated by the international community’s overwhelming condemnation of each violation.


Nevertheless, the restraint displayed through voluntary moratoria cannot replace a global, legally-binding ban on nuclear-testing.  The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has an essential role within the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.  It fosters international peace and security by constraining the development of nuclear weapons.  Our collective security demands that every effort should be made to bring this essential treaty into force.

Solving global problems together with Europe: KazNU, int’l organizations to forge parthership

ASTANA. KAZINFORM The Austrian Alpbach hosted an authoritative annual high-level political forum with participation of existing and former heads of state, governments, international organizations and mass media. The event, which is dedicated to finding solutions to European and global problems, gathered together 5,000 participants from 100 countries around the world.