About us

About us

United Nations in Kazakhstan


The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization.


The Republic of Kazakhstan became a member of the United Nations on 2 March 1992 (GA resolution 46/224). The United Nations system started its country-based operations in Kazakhstan in early 1993 after the conclusion of an agreement between President Nazarbayev and then Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros Boutros-Ghali on 5 October 1992. 


Working within the United Nations System every agency has its own area of expertise, focus and mandate. The heads of these agencies form the UN Country Team (UNCT) led by the Resident Coordinator. The UNCT, drawing on the collective strengths of all agencies, funds and programmes, aims to make a strategic contribution to the achievement of national development priorities.


The United Nations Country Team in Kazakhstan supports the Government and the Civil Society:

  • In achieving a future with healthy population, green economy, thriving businesses and guaranteed rights for all, through economic, social and political modernization.
  • In building an inclusive society, by protecting and promoting the rights and wellbeing of all people, especially the most vulnerable and people at risk.
  • In developing capacity of stakeholders at all levels to be more accountable for ensuring equal rights for all.
  • In promoting multilateral and regional cooperation, particularly in the area of humanitarian and development assistance.

As of today the following UN agencies, programmes and funds are present in Kazakhstan:


-       International Labour Organization (ILO)

-       Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 

-       Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

-       United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

-       United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) 

-       United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

-       United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

-       United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural   Organization   (UNESCO)

-       United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

-       United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

-       United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

-       United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

-       United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

-       United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

-       United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA)

-       United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

-       World Health Organization (WHO)