Kazakhstan strengthens environmental cooperation with UN

Kazakhstan strengthens environmental cooperation with UN
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On June 13, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Akan Rakhmetullin received a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) delegation led by Arnold Kreilhuber, Regional Director and UNEP Representative for Europe. The visit was organized by UNEP to strengthen comprehensive cooperation with Kazakhstan, the press service of the Kazakh MFA reported.

During the negotiations, the parties exchanged views on the global environmental agenda and discussed the impact of climate change on Kazakhstan’s and Central Asia countries’ sustainable development.

First Deputy Minister Rakhmetullin informed about Kazakhstan’s initiatives in ecology and sustainable development, including the organization of the Regional Climate Summit in 2026 under the UN auspices, the “One Water Summit” with the French side, and the launch of the Project Office for Central Asia on climate change and green energy.

Kazakhstan strengthens environmental cooperation with UN
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“Our country is committed to the goals and objectives of the UN environmental conventions, and we hope to implement breakthrough green projects with UNEP,"  noted the Kazakh diplomat.

In turn, Arnold Kreilhuber highly appreciated the active environmental position of Kazakhstan, including the initiative to hold a Regional Climate Summit in 2026 under the UN auspices. He expressed UNEP’s readiness to become a co-organizer of this event.

Kazakhstan strengthens environmental cooperation with UN
Photo credit: mfa.gov.kz

“Kazakhstan is home to us, as our Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia is located in Almaty, so we highly value cooperation with your country in the environmental and climate fields," said the UN representative.

In this regard, Regional Director shared plans to strengthen the capacity of the UNEP Sub-Regional Office in Almaty and the UN agency’s future projects in Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries.

The parties agreed to actively promote common projects and set out clear steps for their further implementation.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), established in 1972, is the leading global environmental organization that sets the global environmental agenda and promotes the coherent implementation of the ecological component of sustainable development within the UN system. UNEP headquarters is located in Nairobi (Kenya). Since March 2015, the UNEP Subregional Office for Central Asia has been operating in Almaty.

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