Articles by Francis Etienne

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

On Climate Change Policy, Reality and Perspectives

A play in several acts, and we are only at the beginning.   Act 1: COP21 culminated with the Paris Agreement on Dec. 12, 2015. A milestone: The first legally binding agreement on climate change, in which 196 parties aimed at limiting the rise in global temperature (well below 2°C) compared to pre-industrial levels (1880–1899).…

French School in Astana: Something We Are Proud of

Over 480 primary and secondary schools located in 130 countries provide French education to 310,000 students, 115,000 of whom are French, in line with the standards of the French Ministry of Education. These officially-approved establishments impart universal values such as tolerance, openness, humanism, equal opportunities and critical awareness. They also prepare students for the French…

Environment Set to Be Major Project of 21st Century

TheUN Climate Summit in New York marked a high point in political mobilisation for climate, with over 120 countries represented at the highest level. The summit should lead to the adoption of a universal climate agreement in December 2015, but already appears to be a success in terms of initiatives in key areas of reducing…