The Resolution on establishment of the International Centre for the development of “green” technologies and investment projects in Astana under the auspices of the UN will be made during the Exhibition EXPO-2017
On January 19, 2017, the regular meeting of the Committee on Sustainable Energy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) was held in Geneva within the preparation for the Ministerial Conference and the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, which will gather more than a thousand participants in Astana on June 11-14 this year. The ministerial conference will be held within the Forum for the first time and will be conducted immediately after the official Opening Ceremony of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 “Future Energy”.
It was reported that the main result of the activities should be signing of the Ministerial declaration of high importance in taking specific measures to achieve the aims of new Global Agenda for the period till 2030. Preparatory meeting in Geneva highly appreciated consultations conducted at the international level on the preparation of the Declaration text.
In addition, similar discussion and approval of the draft Ministerial Declaration was also held in January 18, but in several thousands of kilometers from Geneva, at the first Session of the Energy Committee of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
KAZENERGY Association jointly with the Ministries of Energy and Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan perform unique diplomatic work on agreement of the text of the Ministerial declaration globally, which in turn will be the basis for the Manifesto of Values and Principles of EXPO – the main final document of the exhibition. It is expected that prepared declaration will be approved by the ministers, the heads of the UN regional commissions and international energy organizations during the Ministerial Conference under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan.
The planned Ministerial Conference is aimed to strengthen understanding of the energy sustainable development concept, to provide high-level political dialogue, to share international experience and to take practical steps to implement Paris Agreement.
It should be noted that further discussions of the ministers will be aimed to analyze the role of fossil fuels in future energy systems as well as to search possible strategies for balanced development of renewable and traditional energy.
It is expected that the ministers taking part in the conference will agree on specific actions to achieve the aims of sustainable development in energy and will agree to present key ideas and recommendations at further meetings of such level.
One of the key areas of prepared Declaration will be general resolution to support the establishment of the International Centre for the development of “green” technologies and investment projects under the auspices of the UN in Astana, initiated by the President of Kazakhstan. The mission of the Centre – to make contribution to the global sustainable development through the support of the green growth, transfer of clean technologies, innovations and promotion of international cooperation within the “Green Bridge” Partnership Program, initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Centre will be established based on the long-term strategy of building capacity with the use of innovative approach and the best world practices in transition to green economy. International Centre will cover seven main activities: energy sector transformation, urban sustainable development, “green” business development, transfer and adaptation of green technologies and the best practices, green funding development, renewable energy sources development, building green growth capacity.