From an October 2011 article at Human Life International World Watch, a “pro-life and pro-family” organization dedicated to monitoring “anti-life forces operat[ing] under the radar implementing their destructive agenda”:
…You would think, in an empty nation like Kazakhstan, there would be groups encouraging people to have more children, but exactly the opposite is the case. Family Health International and USAID distribute contraceptives by the ton, the Population Council writes long reports supporting the continued availability of abortion for any reason or no reason at all, and, of course, the lethal alphabet soup of the United Nations coordinates everything — UNAIDS, CEDAW, UNDESA, UNDP, UNIFEM, and the omnipresent UNFPA.
Nobody could explain why all of these population control groups are necessary in a nation that has an average of only 15 people per square mile.
The answer lies in the nation’s natural resources. Kazakhstan is rich in manganese, chromium, copper, cobalt, gold, uranium, coal, natural gas, and, of course, oil. The core principle of National Security Study Memorandum 200 of 1974 is certainly operative here: “The U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries. . . . Wherever a lessening of population pressures through reduced birthrates can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resource supplies and to the economic interests of the United States.”
In other words, a large population is a strong population, and the people of such a nation will want to use their own natural resources; so North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan do all they can to hold down the population of Kazakhstan so we can get our hands on its minerals and other treasures.