‘Proving our worth through action’: 5 things Guterres wants the UN to focus on in 2019

That was the New Year message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, at UN headquarters in New York, as he presented his top priorities for the year ahead: diplomacy for peace; ambitious climate action; acceleration towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); better governance over new technologies; and stronger UN values worldwide. 

“The truth is that the experience of last year proves that when we work together and when we assume our responsibilities, we get things done,” said Mr. Guterres, as he proceeded to highlight some of the UN’s most outstanding achievements of 2018.

World ‘not yet on track’ to ensure children a better future: UN rights chief

In her opening address to the 80th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, in Geneva – which reviews the records of Member States according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the High Commissioner noted that 2019 marked the pact’s 30th anniversary, and that it was “by far the most widely ratified human rights treaty”.

Despite this almost universal recognition, and the fact that it had “driven significant progress in many countries” with laws passed to protect youngsters in “virtually every State party”, Ms Bachelet insisted that “not all States Parties ensure, to the maximum extent, the survival and development of all children everywhere”.

And in an appeal to listen to youngsters’ “ideas, innovations and solutions”, she insisted: “In almost every context, children are still viewed as passive recipients of care, their voices dismissed or ignored.” 

2019 New Year’s Message

Dear fellow citizens of the world,

I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year.

Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test. 

Climate change is running faster than we are. 

Geo-political divisions are deepening, making conflicts more difficult to resolve.

And record numbers of people are moving in search of safety and protection. 

Inequality is growing. And people are questioning a world in which a handful of people hold the same wealth as half of humanity. 

Intolerance is on the rise.

Trust is on the decline.

But there are also reasons for hope.  

The talks on Yemen have created a chance for peace.

The agreement signed in Riyadh in September between Ethiopia and Eritrea has eased long-running tensions and brought improved prospects to an entire region.  

And the agreement between the parties to the conflict in South Sudan has revitalized chances for peace, bringing more progress in the past four months than in the previous four years.

The United Nations was able to bring countries together in Katowice to approve the Work Programme for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

Now we need to increase ambition to beat this existential threat. 

It’s time to seize our last best chance. 

It’s time to stop uncontrolled and spiraling climate change. 

In recent weeks, the United Nations also oversaw landmark global agreements on migration and refugees, that will help to save lives and overcome damaging myths.

And everywhere, people are mobilizing behind the Sustainable Development Goals – our global blueprint for peace, justice and prosperity on a healthy planet. 

When international cooperation works, the world wins.

In 2019, the United Nations will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions. 

We will keep up the pressure. 

And we will never give up.

As we begin this New Year, let’s resolve to confront threats, defend human dignity and build a better future — together.

I wish you and your families a peaceful and healthy New Year.  

Mini-model United Nations meeting dedicated to the 70-year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UN Resource Center at Faculty of International Relations of KazNU, together “New Silk Way” program, and in cooperation with the UN Information Center in Kazakhstan organized a mini-model United Nations meeting dedicated to the 70-year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

The program consisted of the sessions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, dedicated to enhancing international cooperation in countering terrorism and protecting the human rights of refugees. Students of the al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakh University of International Relations and World Languages, Kazakh-German University, and other higher education institutions modelled the work of the two high bodies of the United Nations. 

The Dean of the faculty of international relations of the Kazakh National University, Doctor of Law Professor Sagyngali Aidarbayev opened the session and welcomed the participants. He was joined by Dr. Rafis Abazov – Director of the Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development Professor and Dr. Sanoj Rajan – Affiliate Expert with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA. 

The UN representatives – Mr. Vlastimil Samek – Representative of UN Department of Public Information, Mr. Ryszard Komenda – Regional Representative for Central Asia of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Assel Shepetova and Ms. Alexandra Kruglova – representatives of UNHCR, and Mr. Abdurahim Muhidov – UN Information Center in Kazakhstan welcomed the Model UN participants and commended on the initiative. 

The successful modelling of the sessions and the most active participants have been awarded by the UNHCR office in Almaty; the UN Resource Center presented all participants with certificates of appreciation. 

Among the goals of the Model UN – New Silk Way program is focusing on global issues in a variety of areas, enhancement of civil initiatives in protection of human rights and coordination among UN structures. The Model UN aims at seeking constructive resolving of global issues with participation of students and youth and is one of most interesting and innovational projects.

The specialized lyceum 165 in Almaty, in cooperation with the UN Information Office in Kazakhstan, celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Students conducted a mini-UN model depicting a high-level discussion on the protection of human rights in various countries and continents. The program included a presentation on the adoption of the Universal Declaration, a review of the activities of countries and international organizations, measures to protect children’s rights, the reflection of human rights in the Sustainable Development Goals, and discussion of the topic with students and teachers. Presentations, discussions and dialogues were held in English. Lyceum 165 already conducted a UN mini-model on other topics; In 2019, students and teachers will hold several more meetings simulating the work of various UN structures.



18 December 2018

Migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding. It allows millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefiting communities of origin and destination alike.

But when poorly regulated, migration can intensify divisions within and between societies, expose people to exploitation and abuse, and undermine faith in government.

This month, the world took a landmark step forward with the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Backed with overwhelming support by the membership of the United Nations, the Compact will help us to address the real challenges of migration while reaping its many benefits.

The Compact is people-centered and rooted in human rights.

It points the way toward more legal opportunities for migration and stronger action to crack down on human trafficking.

On International Migrants Day, let us take the path provided by the Global Compact: to make migration work for all. 

#IVD2018 has been celebrated at UN Office in Kazakhstan 

Since 1985, each year on 5 December we recognize the impact of volunteers worldwide by celebrating the International Volunteer Day. This year #IVD2018 focuses on how volunteers can build #ResilientCommunities.

There are more than 40 National and 4 International UN Volunteers (from Korea, Japan, Ukraine and Tajikistan) who are working to advance peace and development and to achieve #SDGs in Kazakhstan.

Their personal stories from UNV assignments were truly #InspirationInAction!

We would like to thank for their constant support all UN Agencies. UNDP Kazakhstan UNICEF_Kazakhstan UNFPA in Kazakhstan UNHCR Kazakhstan UN Women Central Asia


December 10 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Republic of Kazakhstan is a full and active member of the United Nations, and it widely celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of this major international document.

The Association of Young Leaders at the Alem Children’s and Youth Center in Temirtau, in honor of this date, organized a competition among schoolchildren on the topic of knowledge of UN activities and the role of Kazakhstan in the work of the World Organization. This is the 21st competition organized by the Association, in the framework of a long-term partnership and in cooperation with the UN Information Office in Kazakhstan.

Photo report on the event is available at the following links:






Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on December 10, 2018, Annual ceremony on International Human Rights Award was held at the Marriott Hotel in Astana. The event is organized by the European Union (EU) Office in Kazakhstan in conjunction with the embassies of Canada, Switzerland, the United States and UN agencies.

International Human Rights Award are annually awarded to prominent civil society organizations, human rights defenders, government representatives and the media, who have made significant contributions to the protection and promotion of human rights in Kazakhstan. The nominees were selected by a specially created commission of the international community in Kazakhstan.

Detailed information about the awards ceremony is available at the following links:







10 December 2018

For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone — no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.

Human rights are universal and eternal.

They are also indivisible. One cannot pick and choose among civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Today we also honour the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance and repression.

Indeed, human rights are under siege around the world.

Universal values are being eroded. The rule of law is being undermined.

Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear:

Let us stand up for human rights — for everyone, everywhere.

Thank you.