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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Regional Power: The Importance of the C5+1 Ministerial Meeting

NEW-YORK – On the margins of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, a less-heralded meeting took place which may well prove to be a critical one, for the way the world is developing—particularly in Asia–in this still-young century. The numbers of world leaders assembling in New York  were somewhat less than in…

COVID, Climate, Afghanistan: Tokayev’s Address Confronts World’s Triple Threat

NEW-YORK – In a video statement played at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Kassym-Jomart  Tokayev called attention to the three crises facing our world today: the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing World Climate Crisis, and the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of America’s withdrawal. The president described the effect…

Council Holds Event on Threat of Nuclear Weapons

NEW-YORK – The Council on Foreign Relations, one of America’s premier “think tanks” on International Affairs, recently hosted several experts at its headquarters in New York  fоr a discussion devoted to reduction of the threat on nuclear weapons, an issue of critical concern to Kazakhstan. The nuclear panel, which constituted the Council’s annual “Paul Warnke…

UN Holds Meeting on Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: Tileuberdi, UN Leaders Speak at Special Session

New-York –  In the midst of its annual General Debate, held every September, the United Nations General Assembly held a Special High-Level Plenary Meeting, at its Headquarters in New York, on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. And Kazakhstan played a prominent part in the meeting, since the issue is an…

Landlocked Developing Countries: Kazakhstan’s Special Position… and Responsibility

NEW-YORK – Landlocked countries have a special series of problems all their own. Principally, any commercial shipments—or any travel, for that matter—must me made over land, by road, in trucks or trains, or be flown in by air. This creates problems for any such shipments… and rapidly escalating costs for all such economic activity.   …

President at the UN: Is Tokayev’s Speech Indicative of Kazakhstan’s New Place in the World?

NEW-YORK –  In his second appearance before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as Kazakhstan’s Head of State, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke both as one of Asia’s rising young leaders, and also as the Head of State of one of the rising powers on the continent. Last year (2019) had been his “debut appearance.” This…

Kazakhstan, U.N. Officials Speak at Nuclear Commemoration

NEW-YORK – The desert sands are quiet now, at Semipalatinsk. And they’re quiet too, at Alаmogordo and Frenchman Flat, at Maralinga, the seas of Mururoa and other sites that have seen the “flash of a thousand suns”. But the ghosts of all those flashes and their roars can never quite be still. And those who…

Kazakh FM briefs UN General Assembly on country’s efforts, worldviews

NEW YORK – Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov briefed the United Nations General Assembly Sept. 28 on a host of Kazakhstan-related issues, including the country’s efforts for international peace and its desire to join the 30 most-developed nations. His remarks were part of the assembly’s annual General Debate, in which representatives of nearly all nations…

Azerbaijan presents priorities at UN General Assembly

NEW YORK – Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly, highlighting the country’s priorities and recent progress. His remarks were delivered as part of the assembly’s annual September General Debate, in which representatives of nearly all nations present their worldviews. Mammadyarov noted Azerbaijan’s 4.5 percent poverty rate, 5 percent unemployment…

At UN, ATOM Project’s Kuyukov urges eight states to act on nuclear testing ban

NEW YORK – The ATOM Project Honorary Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov addressed a special Sept. 6 session of the UN General Assembly devoted to the International Day against Nuclear Tests, delivering a powerful plea to the world and the eight specific countries to act to legally ban such testing. “Today is a very important day in…