OSCE Parliamentary Assembly told that Vice-President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan has been named the new Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, the first Asian to serve in this position, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing PA OSCE Press Service.
“Mr. Tokayev has been asset to the Parliamentary Assembly and an important voice representing the interests of his country and region to the OSCE,” said OSCE PA President Petros Efthymiou. “His generous contributions to our multilateral dialogue will be missed, but we know he will continue to work on fundamental issues of peace and stability through this new role.”
As the PA OSCE Press Service reports, in his new capacity, Mr. Tokayev will serve as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s representative to the Conference on Disarmament.
“As the leader of Kazakhstan’s delegations to both the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr. Tokayev has proven to be a stalwart supporter of multilateral diplomacy,” said OSCE PA Secretary General Spencer Oliver. “We look forward to continuing to work with him and deepen our cooperation with the United Nations on our common agenda.”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan as the new Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) March 11. He succeeds Sergei Ordzhonikidze.
Before that Mr. Tokayev was the Chair of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan. He has also served as Minister for Foreign Affairs (1994-1999) and Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-2007). Mr. Tokayev also served as Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from 1999 to 2002.