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. https://news.un.org
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.” https://news.un.org
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.
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.
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.
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:
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: