Energy for sustainable development was the main agenda at the conference of energy ministers in Astana. Its opening took place in EXPO town. Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbaev emphasized that 65% of world’s greenhouse gas emissions are the result of consumption of traditional energy sources. He stressed that these figure can be decreased only by international cooperation.

 

KANAT BOZUMBAYEV, KAZAKH ENERGY MINISTER:

 - By promoting the Green Bridge Partnership Program, we joined the efforts and interests of 15 countries and 16 non-governmental international organizations to stimulate "green" economic growth.

 

Kazakh Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev noted that Kazakhstan is implementing the Concept for the transition to a "green" economy. It is expected that by 2050 the program will stimulate GDP growth by 3%, and will also create more than 500,000 new jobs.

 

BAKHYTZHAN SAGINTAYEV, PRIME MINISTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:

 - Almost ten years ago at the session of the UN General Assembly, our President proposed to develop a global energy and ecological strategy and discuss it at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development. In 2011, at the UN session, Nursultan Nazarbayev put forward the Green Bridge Partnership Program designed to strengthen green economic growth in the region. In 2012, this program was approved at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio + 20 as an interregional mechanism for the transition to a green economy and became open to all parties.

 

Kazakhstan became a participant of Paris Agreement. Kazakhstan pledged to reduce emissions by 15% by 2020 and by 25% in another ten years. The share of renewable energy should reach 50% in the economy by 2050. International experts praised Kazakhstan’s aspiration on increasing energy efficiency.

 

CIHAN SULTANOGLU, ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL OF UNITED NATION:

 - It’s very symbolic that we gather here today under the auspices of EXPO 2017 future energy. On this occasion let me express as the Un Commissioner General for the expo my deepest gratitude to Kazakhstan.

 

Conference participants discussed the establishment of the International Center for Technologies and Investments Development under the auspices of the United Nations in Astana. Experts believe the center will facilitate the promotion of "green" developments in the region. Delegates will take part in panel sessions devoted to energy security, new technologies, and the development of renewable energy sources in Central Asia as part of the Ministerial Conference. The meeting results will be included in the EXPO Value Manifesto and will define a new policy for sustainable energy development. 

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