Nazarbayev: It's time to move UN headquarters to Asia

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in his speech at the jubilee session of the UN General Assembly in New York, proposed to move the UN headquarters to Asia.

He recalled that 70 years ago, when the United Nations was established, the decision was made to locate its headquarters in New York. Nazarbayev said that this was connected to the fact that, at that time in history, the role of the Western hemisphere in international affairs was still in the ascendancy and the center of economic development had also moved from the Old World of Europe to the New World. However, in his opinion, the world has changed.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that in the 21st century, the center of growth is moving rapidly to Asia, the world's largest continent where two thirds of the planet's population live and where enormous resources are concentrated.

Nazarbayev continued that this has defined a new reality in global processes, stressing that it is necessary to use this historic opportunity "to give a new boost to relations between states".

"Therefore I propose considering the transfer of the UN headquarters to Asia," Interfax reports.



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