UN Under-Secretary-General Dr. Heyzer notes Kazakhstan's leading role as bridge between Europe & Asia

ASTANA. July 17. KAZINFORM — In Bangkok headquarters of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Marat Yessenbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Thailand, met with Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, the press service of Foreign Affairs Ministry informs.

The meeting discussed various areas of cooperation between Kazakhstan and ESCAP.

Dr. Heyzer praised the integration initiatives of N.Nazarbayev, a Kazakh President, which found understanding and support both at regional and international levels. She noted the leading role of Kazakhstan in Central Asia acting as a bridge between Europe and Asia. Evidence of this was the establishment of ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia in Almaty.

According to Dr. Heyzer, one of the most important aspects of collaboration is the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) which was created under the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Taking into account the coordinating role of two regional commissions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and ESCAP, Kazakhstan will host in November 2013 SPECA Economic Forum and the meeting of SPECA Governing Council, under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan. During these events there will be considered challenges, opportunities and solutions on the "common problems" of water, energy and food security in purpose of regional economic integration establishment.

Recognizing the importance of SPECA, Dr. Heyzer expressed her intention to participate in the upcoming events as well as the official opening of the ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia and the ESCAP/ECE SPECA office in Almaty.

Kazakhstan hopes that ESCAP would further support in promoting this initiative which enters a phase of its practical implementation and aims to build the region capacity.

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