29 January 2019

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University holds Model UN roundtable discussion at Mission of Kazakhstan

17 January 2019 – Al-Farabi Kazakh National University held a Model UN-New Silk Way roundtable discussion at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in New York.  

The Model UN-New Silk Way Initiative provides master degree students from Al-Farabi Kazakh University with a 10-day academic exchange programme to enhance their understanding of peacebuilding, diplomacy and grow their awareness of the Security Council’s role in the United Nations. The roundtable discussion offered students the opportunity to present their viewpoints to Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations.

Ambassador Umarov expressed that he is proud of Kazakhstan’s membership and role in the United Nations, especially the two-year term that Kazakhstan has served as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018. Ambassador Umarov went on to highlight the important role of the UN Security Council in addressing and solving international problems to promote global peace and security. He belived that the students' participation in the exchange programme will be a great expereince for those seeking to become diplomats and incorporate dipomacy in their future careers. 

The students from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University focused their presentations on peace and security developments in Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula. The discussions underscored the importance of peaceful resolutions and trust during international negotiations, and provided recommendation for sustainable development that ensures a safe environment and harbors economic and political stability. 

Professor Rafis Abazov thanked all students for participating in the roundtable discussion and provided his informative analysis on the global economy and international affairs.

Overall, participants of the discussion emphasized the importance of international collaboration, rather than isolationism, as the most effective method for countries to help each other.