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UNDP Advisor Proposes Flood Preparedness Strategies Amid Climate Change
ASTANA – Amid warnings of the effects of climate change, flood maps and early warning systems could be introduced to make Kazakh people safer from future flood disasters, said Hubert Lohr, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) international advisor for water resources management in an interview with The Astana Times.

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🇨🇳🇰🇿 Chinese FМ Wang Yi met with Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister - Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu
🇰🇿🇨🇳Kazakh FM Murat Nurtleu on a press briefing with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Kazakhstan Joins UN Commission on Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice
ASTANA — Kazakhstan joined the United Nations (UN) Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) for 2025-2027 for the first time during its 33rd session, which took place on May 13-17 in Vienna, reported the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service on May 17.

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Astana to Host SCO Foreign Ministers Council Meeting This Week
ASTANA – The Council of National Coordinators (CNC) of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convened in the Kazakh capital to discuss the upcoming SCO Foreign Ministers’ Council, which will be held on May 21, reported the Foreign Ministry’s press service on May 19.

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Kazakhstan’s Role in Shaping Trans-Caspian Transport Route
ASTANA — Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Türkiye are committed to developing the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) to improve joint transport capabilities. Also known as the Middle Corridor, the transportation route is poised to redefine Eurasian trade, offering greater efficiency and geopolitical balance.

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The Middle Corridor connects Southeast Asia and China…
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President Tokayev Expresses Condolences Over Death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi
ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed condolences over Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s death on May 20 after his helicopter crashed in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, reported the Akorda press service.

Ebrahim Raisi. Photo credit: Reuters

On behalf of the people of Kazakhstan and himself, Tokayev sent condolences to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali…
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China Seeks to Expand Agricultural Trade with Kazakhstan, Says Chinese FM
ASTANA – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted China’s interest in increasing investment and trade, particularly in agriculture, during the press briefing with Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister – Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu on May 20 in Astana.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) along the Kazakh Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu (R) during the press…
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US Under Secretary of State Uzra Zeya Visits Kazakhstan
ASTANA – The U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya arrived in Astana to co-chair the third annual United States-Kazakhstan High-Level Dialogue (HLD) on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms on May 20 to underscore partnership and support for Kazakhstan’s domestic reforms, reported the U.S. Department of State’s…
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted China’s interest in increasing investment and trade, particularly in agriculture, during the press briefing with Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister – Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu on May 20 in Astana.

“The two sides believe that the development of China-Kazakhstan relations meets the requirements of the times and the international situation. Eternal friendship, deep mutual trust and solidarity have already become the locomotive of bilateral relations,” said Wang.

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Kazakhstan, US Maintain Constructive Dialogue on Human Rights, Democratic Reforms
ASTANA – Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan for International Affairs Erzhan Kazykhan and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya co-chaired the third meeting of the annual High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms between Kazakhstan and the United States on May 20, reported the…
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Kazakhstan, Türkiye Seek to Enhance Strategic Partnership
ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chair of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye Numan Kurtulmuş discussed strengthening the expanded strategic partnership during a May 20 meeting, reported the Akorda press service.

Numan Kurtulmuş and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Photo credit: Akorda

The President expressed great appreciation for the possibilities of parliamentary diplomacy and…
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Kazakhstan, China Set to Advance Bilateral Cooperation
ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi met on May 20 to address prospects for strengthening bilateral cooperation, reported the Akorda press service.

Wang Yi and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Photo credit: Akorda

During the meeting, Tokayev underscored China’s critical role in global diplomacy. According to him, Chinese initiatives…
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Kazakh Climbers Triumphantly Return Home After Conquering Everest
ASTANA—Kazakhstan proudly welcomed home its triumphant Everest conquerors, Maksut Zhumayev, Anar Burasheva, and Almir Kymbatbayuly, at Almaty airport on May 20, the Kazinform agency reported. The expedition, led by Maksut Zhumayev, planted the national flag of Kazakhstan atop the world’s highest peak (8,848 meters).

Burasheva revealed that her family’s photographs, tucked close to her…
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