Kazakhstan became a member of ESCAP in July 31, 1992 and since has been working closely with the UN in various fields. In particular, Kazakhstan participates in programs of ESCAP on environment, natural resource management, investment cooperation and trade development. Kazakhstan is regularly represented at a high level during the annual session of ESCAP, which most often take place at the Headquarters of the Commission in Bangkok, and is co-author of a number of resolutions adopted at the sessions of the Commission.
The main stages of Kazakhstan's cooperation with ESCAP are:
The 7th Asia-Pacific International Trade Fair ASPAT-98 was held under the auspices of ESCAP in October 1998 in Almaty, which was first held in Central Asia.
Kazakhstan participates in the implementation of the ESCAP project "Land Transport Infrastructure Development in Asia" (ALTID).
Kazakhstan’s high-level delegation participated at the 60th anniversary session of ESCAP, which was held in 22-28 April, 2004 in Shanghai (China).
The 61st session of ESCAP was held in 16-18 May, 2005 in Bangkok, for the first time representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Kazakhstani Foreign Minister K.Tokayev was elected as the Chairman of the session of ESCAP.
The 62nd session of ESCAP was hosted in April 6-12, 2006 in Jakarta (Indonesia). The main theme of the session was: "Enhancing regional cooperation in infrastructure development, including cooperation in disaster management".
The 63rd session of ESCAP was held from May 17 to 23, 2007 in Almaty.
The 66th session of ESCAP was held from May 13 to 19 of, 2010 in Incheon (South Korea). The Kazakhstani delegation was lead by B.Sultanov, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Economic Affairs.
During the session the readiness of the opening of sub-regional office of ESCAP for North and Central Asia in Almaty was reiterated in order to serve as the further intensification of relations and coordination of efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Central Asia.
ESCAP Sub-regional Office covers ten countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan, as member country of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).
At the 67th session of ESCAP, which was held in May 19-25, 2013 in Bangkok, corresponding draft resolution “Astana Initiative "Green Bridge": Euro-Asia-Pacific Partnership” was adopted.
In November 2013 SPECA Economic Forum, SPECA Governing Council meeting under the chairmanship of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as the Interstate Commission for Sustainable Development and the opening of the ECE/ESCAP joint office for SPECA in Almaty were held in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s delegation participated in the 69th session of the UN ESCAP (April 25 - May 1, 2013, Bangkok). During the session Kazakhstan’s resolution 69/9 “Implementation of the Green Bridge Partnership Programme towards voluntary follow-up to the Rio+20 outcome “The future we want” was adopted by consensus. The first meeting of partners in implementation of GBPP with participation of ESCAP and ECE was held on September 30, 2013 in Astana. At the moment the Charter on GBPP signed by 14 countries (Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Germany, Bulgaria, Georgia, Belarus, Montenegro, Republic of Latvia, Finland, Hungary, Albania, Sweden).
On May 4, 2014 in Astana Executive Secretary of ESCAP Sh. Akhtar met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan K.Massimov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan E.Idrissov and other members of the government during the 47th meeting of the Board of Governors of ADB. During the meetings parties discussed prospects of cooperation with ESCAP within the framework of Kazakhstan’s campaign for UN Security Council non-permanent member seat for 2017-2018, EXPO-2017 and the possibility to establish the Asia-Pacific Centre for renewable energy, under the auspices of ESCAP in Astana on the basis of the EXPO.
On September 4, 2014 in Samoa a side event dedicated to EXPO 2017 with the participation of Sh.Akhtar was organized within the framework of the International Conference on Small Island states under the auspices of the UN. Following the meeting of E.Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and Sh.Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the Commission Kazakhstan made a voluntary contribution to ESCAP for the development of biogas projects in 12 Pacific countries.
In the framework of the 71st session of the Commission 16 bilateral meetings with the heads of delegations of the Pacific countries were held. ESCAP resolution 71/9 «Strengthening cooperation on sustainable management of water resources in Asia and the Pacific» was adopted by the initiative of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Memorandum between the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and ESCAP on the joint implementation of the priorities in the field of sustainable development within Green Bridge Partnership Programme (GBPP) was signed on July 3, 2015 at the Commission’s headquarters in Bangkok.
Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Secretariat of the UN ESCAP on the support of inclusive and sustainable development of the Pacific small island developing states (PSIDS) was signed on October 30, 2015 at the Commission’s Headquarters. Kazakhstan through ESCAP made contribution in the amount of 678 thousand USD within the project to 12 Pacific countries.
On February 6-8, 2016 during the visit to Central Asia Sh.Akhtar held meetings with Prime Minister of Kazakhstan K.Massimov, Minister of Foreign Affairs E.Idrissov, Akim of Almaty B.Baibek and Chairman of the National Bank D.Akishev. During the meetings the parties discussed issues of implementation of the UN Agenda 2030, the participation of the delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (April 3-5, 2016, Bangkok) and the 72nd session of ESCAP (May 15-19, 2016). During the visit, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP delivered a lecture to an audience of the Nazarbayev University on the role of the Commission in the implementation of sustainable development goals in the region.