Visitors walk through EXPO-2017 in Astana June 10. The UN and Kazakhstan are showcasing green energy at the world's fair. [Aleksey Filippov/AFP]
ASTANA -- UN and Kazakhstani agencies are using the June 10-September 10 EXPO-2017 world's fair in Astana to showcase alternative energy projects and develop a shared international approach for developing green energy technologies, reported Khabar TV.
"More than 100 countries and international organisations, including the UN, have a spot at the fair," Serik Irgaliyev, a teacher from Astana, told Caravanserai.
During the fair, UN agencies and the Kazakhstani Energy Ministry agreed to establish "Energy of the Future", an Astana centre for developing green technologies, said Energy Minister Kanat Bazumbayev, according to a June 11 report by the newspaper Ekpress-K.
The centre's planned opening date was not reported.
The centre will offer professional advice, hold training sessions, demonstrate new technologies and help solve financial issues for green economic projects, he said during a June 11 Astana conference on "Ensuring Sustainable Development of the Energy Industry".
The centre will promote green technologies first of all in Central Asian countries, said Bozumbayev, according to Ekspress-K.
"We're certain that the centre will enable us to lift the integration of regional and international ties to a higher level," he added.
"I hope EXPO-2017 will advance dialogues between governments, climate scientists and engineers to find practical solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while generating energy," said Cihan Sultanoðlu, the UN commissioner-general for UN participation at EXPO-2017, according to a June 13 statement by the UN.
Ordinary Kazakhstanis welcome the message conveyed by EXPO-2017.
"Our path is to co-operate with developed countries, not retreat to the barbarous past as radical groups suggest," said Irgaliyev the teacher.
With the 'Islamic State' on the verge of defeat, Kazakhstanis who joined the group are likely to begin returning home, where they will face anti-terrorism measures.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.