Articles by George Alan Baumgarten, United Nations Correspondent

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Full agenda, presidential appearance mark Kazakhstan’s January UN Security Council presidency

NEW YORK – In what would be called a “double first,” Kazakh Ambassador to the United Nations Kairat Umarov has taken over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, for the month of January. It was both Kazakhstan’s first such presidency and the first for any Central Asian republic since the collapse of the…

As UN waits for Trump speech, reform and refugees take centre stage

NEW YORK – The United Nations General Assembly waits excitedly for President Donald Trump’s maiden speech on Sept. 19, during the organisation’s annual “General Debate”. Manhattan’s traffic seems – as in every year – hopelessly snarled. Motorcades dash up and down its avenues, and large portions of East Midtown are blocked to anyone, save those…