The United Nations Day has been marked at the EXPO 2017
The United Nations Day has been marked at the EXPO 2017. The solemn ceremony was attended by the UN high officials and the Kazakh Senate speaker. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized the importance of the ongoing international specialized exhibition. The UN Assistant Secretary General, the UN expo pavilion chief commissioner, Cihan Sultanoglu, urged the governments and businessmen to intensify their efforts in transition to clean energy. According to speakers, the Astana EXPO 2017 will help to find effective solutions to address climate change and energy conservation.
KASSYM-JOMART TOKAYEV, CHAIRMAN OF SENATE, UPPER HOUSE OF KAZAKH PARLIAMENT:
- Today we are witnessing the great event. The Astana EXPO 2017 has become an important affair. We are taking part in the United Nations Day. It has a great importance for Kazakhstan. We are putting every effort to foster cooperation with the UN.
CIHAN SULTANOGLU, UN ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL:
- The United Nations is deeply grateful to the government of Kazakhstan, expo organizers and all of you, people of Astana for hosting this specialized expo and inviting the United Nations to be a part of it. We are so happy and so honored to be here with you. Congratulations to your vision, dedication and hard work that have made this possible!
After the official ceremony, visitors enjoyed performances and saw UN pavilion’s exhibits.
Tajikistan had its national day at the expo. The ceremony started with hoisting the flags and singing the national anthems of Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Tajikistan’s pavilion is located in the Silk Road hall. They demonstrated their hydropower potential and the richest mineral resources. The central exhibit is the Tree of Happiness, the crown of which is encrusted with precious and semiprecious stones mined in Tajikistan. Tajikistan possesses almost 60% of Central Asian water resources.
USMONZODA USMONALI, MINISTER OF ENERGY AND WATER RESOURCES OF TAJIKISTAN:
- We have large volumes of hydro resources we produce in the summer, and huge amount of electricity. There is a large surplus of power in the country. We would be happy to transfer this electricity to Central Asia, to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and other countries where they use fossil fuels, gas and coal. We could export our cheap and clean hydroelectricity to this region.