Twenty years ago on this day, on August 6, 1999, First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy Nursultan Nazarbayev made a working trip to Astana (now Nur-Sultan), during which he addressed the citizens at H.Munaitpasov stadium on the occasion of bestowing the capital of Kazakhstan the honorary title of UNESCO "City of peace".

Over these twenty years, Nur-Sultan has become not only a political, economic and cultural center of independent Kazakhstan but also a major center of diplomacy, peacemaking and international development.

It was here in 2010, at the historic summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, that the heads of state and government put forward a vision of "a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community in the space from Vancouver to Vladivostok, based on agreed principles, joint commitments and common goals".

The congresses of leaders of world and traditional religions held in Nur-Sultan make a great contribution to the promotion of interreligious and inter-civilizational dialogue in the name of peace, justice and security in the 21st century. The young capital of Kazakhstan hosted important regional security and cooperation summits of the Conference on interaction and confidence-building measures in Asia, the Shanghai cooperation organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the collective security Treaty Organization, the cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking states, as well as the first working consultative meeting of the heads of state of Central Asia. Major inter-parliamentary forums are held here.

Nur-Sultan is a platform for negotiations to end the violence in Syria, and we hope that international efforts will lead to the rapid restoration of peace in Syria.

The peacekeeping efforts of our capital are reflected in the work of the UN Security Council, where Kazakhstan was represented as a non-permanent member.

From year to year, the number of foreign diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations is increasing in our capital, which also indicates the transformation of Astana into one of the leading political centers of the region.

The capital of Kazakhstan has become a place for the promotion of large-scale initiatives of economic cooperation, such as the "Silk Road Economic Belt". An Agreement on the Establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union was signed here. Nur-Sultan hosted the first summit of the Organization of Islamic cooperation in science and technology and adopted a future-oriented document – Astana Declaration "Science, technology, innovation and modernization of the Islamic world".

In 2011, the 38th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) was held in the capital. Since then, Kazakhstan began to chair this international organization. This meeting can be called historic, because it was decided to rename the OIC into the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Permanent Commission on human rights was established. The OIC action Plan for cooperation with Central Asia was adopted for the first time.

Within the framework of the Astana economic forum, the Eurasian media forum and meetings of the Astana Club, the most important problems of modern human civilization are discussed and ideas for their solution are put forward.

 Not only Kazakhstan citizens, but also the entire world community recognizes that the basis of all these events is the consistent policy of First President of Kazakhstan – Elbassy Nursultan Nazarbayev to build confidence, security and cooperation at the regional and global levels.

And today, after 20 years, we can say with confidence that our capital – the brainchild of Elbassy fully justified the high trust placed by the authoritative international organization UNESCO.

In the section "Chronicle of the activities" of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the website elbasy.kz included the text of the speech by First President of Kazakhstan- Elbassy N. Nazarbayev on the occasion of giving the capital of Kazakhstan the honorary title of UNESCO "City of peace". Read the full text here.


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