Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Miroslav Jenča, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Petko Draganov, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), on 7 March.
Just over 25 years ago - on March 2 1992 - Kazakhstan joined the United Nations. Mr Tokayev emphasized the important role of this global organization in Kazakhstan’s development as an independent country.
Touching on recent constitutional reforms, the Speaker suggested that the new amendments consolidated the democratic, secular, legal, and social basis of the Kazakh statehood. The changes primarily address issues around the redistribution of power between branches of government. Mr Tokayev noted that the new amendments also include a provision on the inviolability of both Kazakhstan’s independence and the fundamental principles established by Kazakhstan’s first President.
Another important feature of the reforms, according to Speaker, is the Senate’s exclusive authority to elect and discharge the National Human Rights Ombudsman at the proposal of the President. Mr Tokayev believes this provision will increase the status of the Human Rights Ombudsman in Kazakhstan.
Participants at the meeting also exchanged views on the situation in Central Asia in the context of Kazakhstan's membership in the UN Security Council. The Senate Chairman noted that strengthening regional security and cooperation was one of the key priorities outlined by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in his January address to the Security Council. Mr Tokayev said he expected close and fruitful cooperation with UN bodies, including the Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.