EXPO in Astana to generate momentum on energy and climate, says UN official

Feb 9, 2017

9 February, 2017 Astana – “I am confident that the exhibition will be a fantastic opportunity for Kazakhstan to generate momentum around sustainable energy, which is so crucial for accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals. I am sure that the EXPO will be a resounding success, and will attract a lot of positive attention from the region and the world,” said Cihan Sultanoglu.

Ms. Sultanoglu is UN Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator, Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (RBEC) and UN Commissioner-General in EXPO-2017. During her working visit to Kazakhstan she signed an agreement of participation of the UN in EXPO-2017 with Mr. Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of “Astana EXPO-2017” National Company JSC Board. Ms. Sultanoglu highly praised Kazakhstan’s leadership in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals and as a power capable of convening a dialogue and driving a strong action around the issues of sustainable use of energy.  

In her role as the UN Commissioner-General in EXPO-2017, Ms. Sultanoglu coordinates the participation of the entire UN team in the exhibition. She pointed out that Kazakhstan had made an incredible journey in its development over the past 26 years, having grown into an independent upper-middle income country, with high human capital and assets. She also applauded Kazakhstan in achieving almost all of the Millennium Development Goals, which helps the country to pave the way for the successful implementation of the new 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Kazakhstan’s achievements in development and foreign policy make it a natural choice as the host of the next thematic EXPO. This honour is awarded to some of the most forward-looking countries in the world. Kazakhstan is known for its impressive abilities to build a dialogue around key issues in development,” said the UN Commissioner-General.

For more information please contact UNDP Communications Associate Dina Teltayeva: e-mail dina.teltayeva@undp.org or via tel. +77172 69 65 44 (ext.2124)  


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