The VIII International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development and the Ministerial Conference "Ensuring Sustainable Energy Development" were held at the site of the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana. The forum was organized by the Kazakh side jointly with the regional commissions and specialized UN organizations, as well as other partners, including IEA, IRENA and Energy Charter, EXPO2017.com website reports with reference to the press service of the government of Kazakhstan.
"For the first time the Ministerial Conference is held within the forum, which, in the view of the organizers, should raise the level of the discussions,” noted in the government.
In total, delegations from over 80 countries of the world participated in the Ministerial Conference, including some 20 foreign ministers and heads of international organizations.
"Our country is a bright adherent of the principles of the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative, of achieving universal access to modern energy services, increasing energy efficiency, and increasing the use of renewable energy," noted, opening the subject of the current conference, the moderator of the event, Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Kanat Bozumbayev.
He noted that Kazakhstan actively supports initiatives related to the transformation of energy markets.
"After the opening ceremony, a ministerial dialogue was held on the theme "Challenges and prospects of sustainable energy", where Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič shared his vision of the future energy system, as well as the challenges and consequences of its construction. Further, the energy ministers of Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, as well as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and the Chief Executive Officer of the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative, Rachel Kyte, expressed their views on the prospects for the coming decades and also discussed opportunities and joint efforts, focused on the mutual influence of renewable energy and fossil fuel,” in the press service of the government of Kazakhstan reported.
At the same time, four more dialogues in the field of energy were held between ministers on the following topics: “Energy security, regional trade and infrastructure”, “Energy-Climate-Food Interconnection: a movement towards a circular economy”, “Renewable energy in Central Asia”, "Advancing new technologies and innovations”.
"At the conclusion of the conference, a joint Ministerial declaration has been adopted emphasizing the importance of energy cooperation for countries struggling with common energy problems and determining the future of generally available sustainable energy. In addition, important energy agreements have been signed, reports of the International Energy Agency have been announced and reports of all regional commissions on renewable energy have been adopted,” summarized in the press service.
Let us remind, about the fact that Kazakhstan together with the United Nations intends to hold the VIII International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development and the Ministerial meeting on energy at the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 site, became known in mid-April. At that time it was reported that the forum will be devoted to how the energy sector could contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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