Address by President at the UN Summit on post-2015 Development

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Address by President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda
New York City, September 27, 2015

Dear Co-Chairs!

Mr. Secretary General!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Kazakhstan has made significant progress in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals.

First, we have strengthened the foundations of statehood and created the conditions for the development of civil society.

Second, Kazakhstan's GDP has grown nineteen-fold while our per capita income has reached $13,000.

Third, life expectancy in Kazakhstan is now over 70 years.

The poverty rate has fallen from 34 percent to 3 percent.

Infant and maternal mortality is down by 65 percent.

We have achieved significant success in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Fourth, Kazakhstan is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is committed to conserving the biological diversity of the planet.

We have approved the national plan of transition to "green" economy.

The problems of the disappearing Aral Sea are a threat not only to our region but also worldwide.

As a result of its shrinking, the wind blows away as much as 75 million tons of toxic dust and salts every year which have been traced as far afield as Europe and Antarctica.

With the support of the World Bank, we have managed to restore the northern part of the Aral Sea.

We are actively cooperating with the UN and the international community to rehabilitate the land around the former Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.

The Central Asian countries need support to tackle environmental challenges in the region.

Dear participants of the Summit!

The adoption of the sustainable development goals heralds a turning point for the countries and peoples of the world.

The final document of our summit will be a truly global guide for development and prosperity in the world.

The primary responsibility for the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) rests with national governments.

The goals and targets of the new UN document coincide with the priorities and objectives of Kazakhstan.

Our response to the current challenges is the "Kazakhstan - 2050" Strategy, which has the ambition of our country joining the ranks of the 30 most developed countries of the world.

We are implementing the National Action Plan for Five Institutional Reforms.

It aims to modernize the state apparatus, improving the work of civil and legal institutions and further industrialize the economy.

The economic revival of the Silk Road is of great importance for the countries of Eurasia.

It will benefit many nations, reducing journey times for goods from the Asia-Pacific region to Europe.

We are creating its infrastructure, building railways and highways linking the Pacific Ocean to Europe and the Middle East.

Now it is the time to unite around the idea of a ​​Greater Eurasia, which will bring together the Eurasian Economic Union, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the European Union in a single integration project for the 21st century.

The gap between rich and poor is growing across the world.

This negative trend is exacerbated by the conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The current immigration crisis is linked not only to war but also with development imbalances.

In the 21st century, successful countries will be distinguished not by arsenals of weapons but by the ability to generate innovation and to win friends and forge partnerships.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the combined military spending of all nations last year exceeded $ 1.7 trillion, or about 2.3 percent of global GDP.

Therefore, I once again put forward the proposal that each state allocates annually one percent of its defense budget to the Special Fund of the United Nations for sustainable development.

Dear friends!

Today, history gives us the chance to re-unite for a common bright future.

We must not let the collective hopes of humanity be dashed on the reefs of modern threats and challenges.

Kazakhstan stands ready to provide the effort and resources needed for the sake of global development.

Thank you for attention.