Transition towards Green economy
Astana is an ideal location to discuss the issue of Future energy. Kazakhstan, an oil producer since 1911, has launched a transition plan to green its economy by 2050 and become a hub for research and innovation on energies. Based on Jeremy Rifkin's "Third Industrial Revolution", the Kazakh Green Economy plan is built on 4 pillars: efficient use and management of resources, modernization of infrastructures, improvement of the well-being of the population and the quality of the environment and improving national security including water security. Expo Astana 2017 is one of the several key projects that will lead the way towards green development.
Development based on international dialogue
According to the national government, this transition towards a sustainable future cannot be achieved without international dialogue and cooperation with other countries on economic, political, cultural and civilizational issues. Kazakhstan has launched four major projects to boost global collaboration:
- The annual Astana Economic Forum that brings together experts, state representatives and CEOs to discuss new economic opportunities and find solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.
- The Green Bridge partnership program that aims at developing environmentally friendly technologies at a regional level and ensuring inter-regional cooperation between Europe and Asia-Pacific.
- Expo Astana 2017 that will welcome countries, stake holders and visitors from all over the world to share during 3 months ideas and solutions on Future Energies.
- G-Global, a digital discussion platform between governments, experts and the civil society designed to create a new form of dialogue and global governance. It has already been visited by over 1 million people and 30 000 have already become active members
Astana is Asia’s northernmost capital. Due to its convenient location in the centre of Eurasia, Astana is an economically profitable transport, communication and logistics hub. It functions as a bridge between Europe and Asia. The city is famous for its modern architecture, including some designed by leading architects such as Norman Foster and Kisho Kurokawa.
Since becoming the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997, Astana's population has tripled, reaching 1 million citizens.