he United Nations Information Office in cooperation with Ecological Alliance «Baitak-Bolashak» of Kazakhstan held a roundtable devoted to the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

July 11, 2017 – The United Nations Information Office in cooperation with Ecological Alliance «Baitak-Bolashak» of Kazakhstan held a roundtable devoted to the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.
Roundtable discussion was primarily focused on territorial specifics of Kazakhstan, and influence of global climate change on Kazakhstan. It has also highlighted problems related to transboundary rivers. During the discussion issues of possible initiatives aimed at solution of problem related to desertification and droughts have been reflected as well. During the roundtable a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Republic of Kazakhstan “Development of a technique and geoportal of space monitoring of processes of desertification and degradation of lands on the example of Aral-Syrdariya and Ili-Balkhash monitoring territories” has been presented. Information is available at http://geomonitoring.kz/

In honor of World population day

In honor of World population day youth peer education network Y-PEER with the support of the United Nations Information office in Kazakhstan and the United Nations Population Fund held a screening of the film “Love, Rosie” at the UN House in Almaty. Students from different universities and cities were acquainted with the activities of the Department of public information of the UN in Kazakhstan, the UN Refugee Agency, UN Women and the International youth peer network Y-PEER in Kazakhstan. After watching the film the participants took apart at small discussion on the importance of getting the correct information about moral and sexual education and reproductive health of today’s youth, proper behavior, family planning and etc. Participants enjoyed the movie and they expressed a desire to join youth peer education network and to engage in social activities together with Y-PEER.

G20 Summit

7 July 2017 – On Friday in Hamburg, the Secretary-General took part in a working luncheon on global growth and trade, as well as a working session on sustainable development, climate and energy.
On his twitter account, @antoniogutteres, the Secretary-General called on G20 leaders to join the UN’s efforts to combat climate change, violent extremism and other global challenges. The Secretary-General also had a bilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

Report on the repositioning of the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

5 July 2017 – In a major step in the ongoing reform of the United Nations, the Secretary-General presented to the Economic and Social Council his report on the repositioning of the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Secretary-General called for bold changes to match the ambition needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. “Far too much of what we do”, he said, “is rooted in the past rather than linked to the future we want”. The Secretary-General also stressed the links between reform of the development system and other main reform efforts involving the peace and security architecture and the Organization’s internal management.
Following his presentation, the Secretary-General expanded on his vision in responding to wide-ranging questions and comments from Member States, and stressed his commitment to continue consultations in preparing the next report in this process, to be presented in December.

Scientific expedition “Kazakh Eli”

4 July 2017 – In honor of the International year of sustainable tourism development Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with the support of the Ministry of education and science of Kazakhstan and cooperation with the United Nations Information office has conducted a scientific expedition “Kazakh Eli”. This expedition is unusual archaeological project named “On the Great Altai road” and dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations. In addition to archaeological research in the valley Berelskoe were conducted educational activities and a press tour for a group of journalists.

Marking the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute

1 July 2017 – Marking the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the International Criminal Court for its efforts to end impunity. In a video message that will be part of a campaign on Facebook, the Secretary-General recalled his experiences in Portugal under the Salazar dictatorship, noting that the suppression of democratic freedoms during that period led him to develop his own commitment to justice at home and around the world.

The global nature of aviation puts everyone at the same level of risk from potential terrorism

7 July 2017 – The global nature of aviation puts everyone at the same level of risk from potential terrorism, senior United Nations officials said today, calling for greater information sharing, resources and political will to keep flights safe.
“Terrorism is not someone else’s problem. States and industry must commit necessary resources and provide necessary governance,” the Secretary-General of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Fang Liu, told the opening of a special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on “Terrorist threats to civil aviation.”
The concept note for the meeting cited recent attacks against airports in Belgium, Turkey and the United States, and the explosion of a terrorist bomb aboard Daallo Airlines flight 159, as “stark reminders that landside attacks, the threat posed by insiders and airport staff, and the use of increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices are all significant concerns.”
The meeting aimed to give government representatives an opportunity to discuss enhanced security measures – such as explosive detection and new cargo rules, as well as new challenges, such as cybercrime and “porous airport perimeters.”
Last September, the Security Council unanimously adopted its first resolution to address terrorist threats to civil aviation. Resolution 2309 (2016) urged governments to ensure that effective, risk-based measures are taken to protect airports, for example, to strengthen security screening procedures and utilize technology to detect explosives and other threats.
More recently, Security Council adopted resolution 2341 (2017), which recognized the urgent need to ensure reliability and resistance of critical infrastructure.
Mr. Laborde stressed the importance of collecting and sharing advance passenger information (API) to detect the departure from, entry into, or transit through their territories of individuals on the Al-Qaida sanctions list.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on all sides to fully respect the ceasefire and underscored the Organization’s support to the country and its people.

9 July 2017 – Speaking to the press in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on all sides to fully respect the ceasefire and underscored the Organization’s support to the country and its people.

He added that the UN is ready to support all efforts, including those of the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

In his remarks, the Secretary-General also highlighted the UN’s support to humanitarian activities in the country and said that it would enhance its cooperation with the Government and that it will work to overcome any challenges in reaching the populations in distress.
More than 1.7 million people have been displaced in Ukraine since the start of the conflict.

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

7 July 2017 – Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.
“The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said following its adoption.
“The Secretary-General hopes that this new treaty will promote inclusive dialogue and renewed international cooperation aimed at achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament,” Stéphane Dujarric added.
The treaty – adopted by a vote of 122 in favour to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore) – prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity”

5 July 2017 – Stating that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity” and requires equally bold changes in the United Nations development system, Secretary-General António Guterres today outlined steps to better place the Organization to deliver tangible results in the lives of the people it serves.

Mr. Guterres noted that his report to the Council (on repositioning the UN development system) is an integral component of the broader reform agenda at the UN to better meet the world’s complex and interlinked challenges.
He added that his ideas and proposals are intended to spur further discussions in the Council and to solicit the views of Member States on a number of key areas. A more detailed report will be submitted in December.