Kazakhstan is seeking to encourage a wide ranging discussion of the role of religion in fighting extremism and terrorism and it is calling for a nuclear free world by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations, as the Central Asian nation makes its first bid for a seat on the Security Council.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov spoke at two high level meetings at the United Nations on Friday, laying out his nation's vision for a more peaceful and tolerant global society.

Another area he says where Kazakhstan could lead by example is nuclear weapons. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev got rid of all the nuclear weapons the country inherited following the break-up of the Soviet Union and is hoping the world will follow his example.