In Astana, more than 100 countries to focus on zero carbon, energy for all

Jun 7, 2017

UN exhibit at EXPO 2017 opens, showcasing technology and ideas to achieve Global Goals through sustainable energy

 

Astana, 6 June, 2017 – Governments, international organizations and civil society organizations, but also designers and technology companies from more than 100 countries will showcase their best solutions to boost the world’s access to energy while at the same time fighting climate change.

Themed “Future Energy”, this year’s EXPO, hosted for the first time in Central Asia, expects 5 million visits. The UN exhibit in Astana is now open to the public.

“To see the EXPO move here is a unique opportunity for carrying the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development forward. Given the urgency of the situation, the focus is going to be squarely on practical solutions,” said Cihan Sultanoğlu, the United Nations General-Commissioner at the EXPO.

She reminded participants of the simultaneous need to make sure every woman, every man, every girl, and every boy has access to affordable and clean energy by 2030, while keeping temperatures within 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Energy plays a crucial role in global economic growth and underpins all areas of development. Around the world, more than one billion people live without electricity while coal, oil, and natural gas, which fuel most of the world’s energy, produce considerable amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in global warming. With sustainable energy, experts say, countries can build greener economies and provide access to essential services for everyone.

Several UN agencies will host events, release findings and showcase their work on how to mobilize investments to achieve breakthroughs on universal access to energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, while ministers will renew their commitments to accelerating the transition.

One of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, Kazakhstan, the host of the event, says it will aim to meet 50 percent of its energy needs from alternative and renewable sources by the middle of the century. With support from the UN, Kazakhstan already achieved a 45 percent annual reduction in energy consumption for heating municipal buildings over the past five years.

 

Click here to find out more about participating UN agencies to the Expo 2017.

 

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For more information, contact: Nicolas Douillet, UNDP Istanbul, nicolas.douillet@undp.org +90 535 626 8082. Faik Uyanık, UNDP Istanbul, faik.uyanik@undp.org +90 530 499 25 48. Dina Teltayeva, UNDP Kazakhstan, dina.teltayeva@undp.org +7 701 765 40 10

Online: un-expo.org | @un | #Expo2017Astana  #FutureEnergy