Astana hosted the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development amid the EXPO 2017 focusing on “Future Energy.”  Ministerial Conference “Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy” held as part of the forum and subsequent dialogues provided a unique opportunity to explore how the countries and international organizations can come together to find sustainable energy solutions and address climate change. LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization chaired the first session of the meetings. Mr. Li said he was pleased with how the meetings went in an exclusive interview to Kazakh TV.

 

LI YONG, DIRECTOR GENERAL, UNIDO:

 - Today’s meeting is very fascinating. I was very pleased to chair the first session “Ministerial Dialogue on the Challenges of Sustainable Energy. I very much appreciate those ministers - one from Saudi Arabia, other from Kazakhstan and Russia – they shared their vision, their country’s strategy on sustainable energy which is very important for us to learn.

 

LI YONG, DIRECTOR GENERAL, UNIDO:

 - Sustainable energy is so important for the mankind, for all countries, because we understand that fossil fuel will create pollution emission. What we do will definitely have this kind of result. Renewables are unlimited. Clean energy is everywhere, like solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass. So really we need to develop technologies to actually generate more renewables for people. It’s achievable because the technology is already developing; it is also unlimited resources of renewables. One day if we have all renewables, we can see how the global community really changes. 00.01.12.00

 

LI YONG, DIRECTOR GENERAL, UNIDO:

 - Of course, Paris Agreement is a magnificent achievement of the international community. So many countries agreed on the common issue of the clean energy and environment protection. I believe that no matter what happens to any particular country, these international efforts will move ahead. Now we’ve seen many countries setting up strategies for sustainable energy. One important part is the increase in use of renewables. Some countries have already set up plans to very quickly introduce a 100% use of renewable energy to replace fossil fuels. So this is something already been done, not something at the beginning. I’m optimistic for the renewables, and with the technologic advancement, when the countries work together, this process will be faster.

 

LI YONG, DIRECTOR GENERAL, UNIDO:

 - Of course, as a UNIDO, we support our member states to develop different centers, different research structures on renewables. So Clean Energy Center based on the country’s situation (location), especially after this future energy expo that will be a very concrete action by the government. Also it will be a good showcase for this region and international community to understand how determination being decided by this country. That will be a concrete action. 00.06.27.08 00.08.58.10 I appreciate this important contribution by the government, by the leader for their people. 00.09.07.07

 

LI YONG, DIRECTOR GENERAL, UNIDO:

-  This is a very good question, because three years ago, when I visited here, before the expo being constructed, I saw the design of the expo on future energy. And also had a meeting with the minister of energy and we discussed how we could support the country with a new energy strategy. To my surprise, the government had already made a very concrete energy strategy based on solar and wind. That is a vision, a very good visionary policy even with the very rich fossil fuels reserve in this country. They look at not only five years or 10 years, but look into the future for this country, for this people. And that is a great contribution to the international community.

 

Mr. Li also noted how Astana is becoming a green, sustainable city that is comfortable for living. He also urged his counterparts and partners to work together to overcome global challenges. 

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