Kazakhstan proposes global agency to control threat of biological weapons

NEW DELHI: Central Asias biggest state Kazakhstan has proposed to establish a special multilateral body – the International Agency for Biological Safety to control threat of biological weapons. It has further proposed to establish a food reserves initiative to meet global food security.

These proposals were put forward by Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev while addressing UNGA.

According to the Kazakh President, the greatest challenge remains the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing deep suffering among the people around the world and has seriously affected the global economy.

“In the wake of this unprecedented human tragedy, on behalf of my country-fellows I extend the profound gratitude to all medical professionals and frontline staff-members who work very hard to protect us,” President Tokayev says.

Tokayev believes that the growth of trade protectionism and political nationalism has caused critical collapse of global cooperation and led to “global dysfunction”, which in turn undermine the prospects and hopes for a better world.

The President called for reflection on the fulfillment of the common moral obligation associated with building the paradigm of building a “New World”, and expressed the opinion that now humanity has reached a make-or-break moment for the humankind.

A unique moment in the President’s speech was quoting in the Kazakh language the famous statement of the great Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayuly, who proposed his own formula on global interaction.

According to the President, the international community obviously needs to do more to combat the pandemic.

First of all, as he said, to build a strong global health system priority must be given to upgrading national health institutions through timely and coordinated support from developed countries and UN agencies.

Tokayev stated that it is important to take the politics out of the vaccine, noting the need for a comprehensive international agreement on trade and investment that would protect global production of COVID-19 vaccine and supply chains.

The Head of State believes that it may be necessary to revise the International Health Regulations to increase the World Health Organization’s capacity, and to develop national capabilities in preventing and responding to diseases.

In addition, Tokayev suggested closely examined the idea of creating network of Regional Centers for Disease Control and Biosafety under the UN auspices. The President expressed readiness to host such a regional center on the territory of Kazakhstan.

The Kazakhstan President also noted the urgency of developing and launching of a biological weapons control system and proposed to establish a special multilateral body – the International Agency for Biological Safety.

Tokayev shared his vision of the prospects for global economic recovery. The President joined Secretary-General António Guterres’s call on rescue package amounting to 10% of the world economy and supported his view that the response to the pandemic should be based on a New Global Deal to create equal and broader opportunities for all.

Moreover, in his speech, President touched upon the issues related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. As far as he is concerned, the very basic target is zero hunger to be provided unconditionally on the planet.

Tokayev announced the readiness of the Islamic Organization for Food Security, initiated by Kazakhstan to assist the international humanitarian campaign through the creation of food reserves.

At the same time, Tokayev noted the contribution of the volunteering, which this year has demonstrated numerous examples of inspiring strong solidarity around the world.

“To acknowledge the role of volunteers, I propose the United Nations to proclaim an International Year of Mobilizing Volunteers for Development,” the President said.

The President pointed to the ongoing nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament crisis. He expressed hope that the all Member States to join its appeal to nuclear powers to take necessary and urgent measures to save the humankind from a nuclear disaster. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev urged all P5 countries to ratify the respective Protocols to the Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaties, including Semipalatinsk Treaty.

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