The contribution of Central Asian countries to peacekeeping was discussed in Almaty

A regional round table on the topic "Central Asia and UN peacekeeping: current activities and prospects" was held on the basis of the Peace Operations Center of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The event, timed to coincide with the International Day of the UN Peacekeeper, brought together representatives of the defense departments of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, the United Nations, the office of the UN Women Structure, the International Committee of the Red Cross and domestic universities.

The participants of the meeting noted the contribution of the Central Asian countries to the consolidation of peace, and also discussed issues of international humanitarian law and gender aspects of peacekeeping.

Colonel Bauyrzhan Nigmetullin, Head of the Peace Operations Center of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan, expressed his willingness to share the experience of self-deployment of a peacekeeping contingent, peacekeeping and language training of military personnel with colleagues from Central Asian countries.

"We can combine our efforts in training experts for UN missions and implementing joint initiatives in the context of strengthening the peacekeeping potential of Central Asian countries," he outlined the prospects for cooperation.

Herbert Lorat, representative of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations Head Office in New York, positively assessed the activities of Kazakhstan in building interaction with countries sending their contingents to participate in peacekeeping operations. He expressed confidence that the event would contribute to building partnerships in terms of training, sharing knowledge and experience in the Central Asian region.

Today, the Peace Operations Center, being a unique platform of its kind in the region, is constantly working to improve and transform approaches to training and training military personnel to participate in UN missions.

The center hosts United Nations-certified courses with students from different countries. In close cooperation with universities, the study of international humanitarian law is organized, and courses on peacekeeping are held for students.

It should be noted that Kazakhstan is constantly expanding its presence in UN peacekeeping operations. The country has sent military personnel to UN missions in Nepal, Ivory Coast and Mali. Our peacekeepers are currently serving in missions in Lebanon, Western Sahara, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The first independent peacekeeping contingent has also been deployed in the UN mission in the Golan Heights. This historic step for Kazakhstan demonstrated its desire for cooperation, preservation of peace and global security.