The antinuclear message

The visit of Jordan's King Abdullah II to Astana was marked by another important international event. The leader of Kazakhstan awarded the head of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan the prize “For World without Nuclear Weapons and Global Security.”

It is safe to say that Abdullah II deserved such high honors. This politician, being a convinced adherent of peace, is making a significant contribution to the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, has contributed to a peaceful settlement of the conflict around the Iranian nuclear program.

According to the President of Kazakhstan: “This is in recognition of your merits and the hope that in the conditions of conflicts you will continue to play a peacekeeping role that brings nations  together. Your country also takes an active part in the Astana process. Jordan has accepted more than one million Syrian refugees; you are providing financial and humanitarian assistance to Syria. I think that the whole world should appreciate that.”

To this effect, Abdullah II is an ideological follower and ally of Nursultan Nazarbayev.

It is evident to all that Kazakhstan takes a leading position on the issues of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons on a world-wide scale. In the global process of negotiations, we have claimed the role of a central link that brings the interests of all participants to unified solutions and helps find the fairest points of contact.

First, our country demonstrates substantive progress through its example. Today the whole world recognizes that the abandonment of nuclear weapons and the closure of the Semipalatinsk test site have become unprecedentedly bold and decisive steps. The Kazakhstan leader laid the groundwork for a conceptual rethinking of the essence of global security.

He, unlike any other, understands the fatality and danger of this most terrible challenge of our time. One should ponder on the fact that over 2000 nuclear explosions have taken place throughout the history of human civilization, of which about 470 were carried out on the territory of Kazakhstan.

All this gives Kazakhstan an absolute moral right to act in the vanguard of the world anti-nuclear movement, which President Nazarbayev has consistently strengthened by promoting his peacekeeping initiatives.

Second, the initiative to create a Central Asian nuclear-free zone was persistently and methodically implemented. By signing the Semipalatinsk Treaty in 2006, the regional five received security guarantees from five powers of the “Nuclear Club,” issued by a special protocol in 2014. Thus, it is Kazakhstan that has become the developer of a new mechanism for regional security.

Third, the concept of the nuclear-free world of Nursultan Nazarbayev is constantly receiving high opinions from various tribunes and platforms. Moreover, it sounds more and more relevant in the context of the unprecedented exacerbation of this problem in recent years.

Today's situation on the international scene cannot but cause concern. The nuclear-missile crisis on the Korean peninsula and the tense situation surrounding the nuclear deal with Iran raises questions about the future of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which has been a nominal basis for almost half a century.

Fourth, the idea of ​​a nuclear-free and secure world is gaining more and more support among the broadest circles of the public in different countries and continents. This is vividly evidenced by the rhetoric of foreign experts who, observing Kazakhstan's efforts in anti-nuclear issues, note that impressive progress has been made on this path.

The adoption of the Universal Declaration on a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World by the UN General Assembly in 2015 is a full recognition of the efforts of the Head of State.

Fifth, we make full use of our membership in the UN Security Council. It is no coincidence that the first of the seven priorities of work on this position for Kazakhstan is “the achievement of a world free of nuclear weapons.” Also, we take an active part in the activities of the DPRK committee.

Finally, the continuous search for solutions to the problem of a nuclear-free world was embodied in the fateful anti-war appeal of the Head of State Manifesto “The World. The 21st century,” voiced at the fourth Global Summit on Nuclear Security  in 2016. The manifesto became a strong expression of Kazakhstan's desire for a world free of weapons of mass destruction.

First of all, we are talking about a ban on the deployment of weapons in space, the ocean and the Arctic. We all know what a tangle of collateral and irreparable problems may arise, how all this can affect the global ecology, if not stop the escalation in this matter.

In general, our country is quite rightly recognized as a locomotive in matters of nuclear non-proliferation and the development of a peaceful atom. Thus, the deployment of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan will, among other things, serve as an essential mechanism for promoting peaceful nuclear energy as an alternative to atomic militarization.

However, Nursultan Nazarbayev does not stop there. Realizing the importance of decisive measures to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, he calls for broader and more comprehensive global solutions.

Today it is clear that it is time for broader and more systemic decisions aimed at the real consolidation of global security. And Kazakhstan is ready to act as moderator and initiator of this process as is demonstrated by the latest proposals of the Head of State during the opening of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in August this year. According to the President, Kazakhstan is ready to initiate the renewal of the Global Nuclear Security Summit by holding it in Astana.

In the context of the above, the award “For a World without Nuclear Weapons and Global Security” given by the Head of State has a symbolic political significance. The world community, including the member states of the “Nuclear Club,” sent a clear political message on the strategic importance of the issues of a nuclear-free world.

Thus, the establishment of a new international award by Kazakhstan is a logical continuation of work in the context of the global anti-nuclear movement, which, thanks to the effort of the leader of our country, initiates concrete actions and achievements.