Strengthening UN & Int’l Security
Senegalese President Macky Sall confirmed his country will vote for Kazakhstan for a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2017–18.
“In the context of rapprochement with the African continent, this visit has profound significance not only for our country but for the entire region of Central Asia. I am sure that Kazakhstan and Senegal can conduct mutually-beneficial cooperation on a wide range of issues. The similarity of positions of our countries allows us to engage in multilateral institutions,” he added.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev invited a Senegalese delegation to participate in the sixth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in 2018.
The sides also touched on the theme of preserving the unity of Muslim countries and emphasised the issue of reconciliation in the Islamic world. They also agreed to expand cooperation in the fields of culture, education and sport. (akorda.kz)
Senate Chair: Over the past 23 years, UNDP has made a significant contribution to Kazakhstan’s transformation
Speaker of Kazakhstan’s Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated the UNDP on its 50th anniversary during his meeting with Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP assistant administrator and director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC).
“The UNDP plays a crucial role in ensuring sustainable human development, including the eradication of poverty, increasing employment and raising living standards, improving the education system and protecting the environment. Over the past 23 years, the organisation has made a significant contribution to reforms and the transformation of Kazakhstan in general,” Tokayev emphasised at the meeting.
The same day, he held a meeting with Petko Draganov, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Asia and head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA). The sides discussed UN activities in the region, economic cooperation, transnational threats as well as preparation for EXPO 2017.
Sultanoglu was a keynote speaker at the conference, “UNDP’s 50th anniversary: Exploring New Opportunities to Accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals,” held during the Astana Economic Forum. (parlam.kz)
Austria confirms participation in EXPO 2017
Austria confirmed May 23 its intention to participate in EXPO 2017 during an official visit to Austria by EXPO 2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev.
Austrian authorities also announced plans to celebrate a National Day of the country on June 27 during the expo, to hold an economic forum, to exhibit the best Austrian technologies in the field of green energy and to host cultural events with participation of Austrian artists during EXPO 2017.
Austrian Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Economy Bernadette Gierlinger said Austria pays a great deal of attention to green technologies and that by 2030, the country plans to switch completely to renewable energy sources.
Poland, Saudi Arabia and Singapore announce participation in EXPO 2017
During the ninth Astana Economic Forum, EXPO 2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev signed agreements on the participation of Poland and Saudi Arabia in the upcoming exhibition in Astana while Singapore also confirmed it would be part of the event.
Poland is developing alternative energy sources in accordance with the European Union’s programmes aimed at achieving the level of 20 percent of total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. In 2015, Poland adopted a new law on renewable energy sources.
By 2040, Saudi Arabia plans to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and to replace the traditional oil and coal with alternative energy sources such as solar energy and wind power. To this end, over the next 20 years, the country intends to invest $109 billion to develop solar energy infrastructure.
Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy reports on renewable energy auctions
Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Kanat Bozumbayev said the ministry plans to use special auctions to purchase renewable energy from energy-producing companies. The auctions will make the selection process for projects and investors transparent and clear, increasing the effectiveness of technologies and minimising the influence on tariffs.
“Meanwhile, Kazakhstan intends to strengthen cooperation with the European Union in the development of renewable energy. Last year, our country signed an enhanced partnership agreement with the EU. The parties will cooperate in joint work to improve the legislative framework in this field, exchange statistical data and implement joint projects,” said Bozumbayev.
“There is already an open opportunity for Kazakhstan to participate in the [EU’s] Horizon 2020 programme. Its idea is that people who work in institutions, researchers and scientists, gather to implement specific projects,” said Traian Hristea, head of the EU delegation to Kazakhstan.
About 48 projects on renewable energy production have been launched in Kazakhstan to date, with plans to implement more than 100 projects by 2020. (inform.kz)