Deputy Chairman of the Assembly of people of Kazakhstan –Head of Secretariat of Assembly of people of Kazakhstan of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhanseit Tuymebayev in his welcoming speech to the participants of the online event of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly reminded of the motto of the International Day of Peace, declared by the UN this year:
- The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together”- is deeply symbolic and very relevant. Today, almost all countries are going through difficult times due to the pandemic and the slowdown in economic growth. It is no secret that all this contributes to the aggravation of social problems, and in some cases, to the growth of xenophobia, ethnic and religious conflicts. Social conflicts are increasingly taking on ethnic and religious forms, resulting in an increase in the number of migrants and refugees.
Today, the once successful models of integration of multi-ethnic societies are being seriously tested. The manifestation of disunity of cultures and values, the growth of migrant phobia and racism, the difficulties of mutual adaptation have shown that previously successful ethnic models in the XXI century sometimes do not work. On the contrary, the world, as before, is in the process of developing new forms of unity that meet modern realities. Therefore, the task of ensuring unity remains a key agenda for all multi-component States.
Kazakhstan is a multi-ethnic country. Representatives of more than a hundred ethnic groups live in it. More than 60 countries and territories of the world are the historical homeland for our ethnic groups. Kazakhs also live in dozens of countries around the world. Therefore, we are objectively interested in a dialogue of peace and unity. Since Independence, a top priority of state policy has been ensuring peace and harmony. Equality before the law, the principles of social harmony, and the unity of diversity have become our priceless wealth and strategic resource. We have made ethnic and cultural diversity an effective tool for the country's development. By uniting all ethnic groups into a single people, it has achieved a high constitutional status, a national institution. There are more than 40 friendship Houses across the country, which have become civic centres of peace and harmony. Our integration model is built primarily on the basis of common values in a single cultural space of the country, where languages, culture, and traditions of ethnic groups make up our common cultural wealth. Each ethnic group is an integral part of the people of Kazakhstan. No ethnic group has chosen a strategy of isolation. The Assembly resolved fundamental issues related to the consolidation of ethnic groups in civil positions and preserved the unity of diversity.
Our model of inter-ethnic relations and integration has always been highly evaluated by the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Last year, the OSCE High Commissioner for national minorities, Mr. Lamberto Zannier, also gave high evaluation to our policy on inter-ethnic and interfaith harmony.
Forming the world together, we call on our partners to join forces to find an effective formula for strengthening peace and unity in a multi-ethnic society.
Recall, on September 21, 2020 the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly held a traditional annual event devoted to the International Day of Peace in online mode.