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2014/10/23-24, Astana: International Forum EXPO-2017 “Future Energy: reduction of CO2 emission”, panel session Green Bridge Partnership Program: prospects and tools”

 On October 23-24, 2014 in Astana the International Forum EXPO-2017 “Future Energy: reduction of CO2 emission” was conducted. In the framework of the Forum the Ministry of energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in cooperation with Scientific Research and Education Center “Green Academy” and UNEP Kazakhstan hold the panel session “Green Bridge Partnership Programme: prospects and tools”.The main organizeres of this event are the Ministry of energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and “Astana EXPO-2017” National company.

Issues of promotion “Green Bridge” Partnership Programme, climate change, CO2 emission reduction, development of alternative energy sources and the introduction of energy-efficient technologies will be considered at the Forum.

At the opening of the Forum the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Vladimir Shkolnik,General Secretary of the BIE Mr. Vincente Gonzalez Loscertales, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, National Commissar of “EXPO-2017” Mr. Rapil Zhoshubayev, Chairman of the Board of   JSC “National Company” Astana EXPO-2017 ” T. Yermigiyaev, Chairman of the Presidium of the “Coalition for the Green Economy and the Development of G-Global” A. Solovyeva, General director of the Global Green Growth Institute Yvo de Boer gave welcome speeches. They noted the importance of promoting the “Green Bridge” Partnership Programme in the development of “green” economy, the necessity of joint search for ways to reduce the effects of climate change and the reduction of CO2 emission, EXPO 2017 role in the development of alternative energy sources and the introduction of “green” innovation and technologies in various sectors of the economy.

Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, delegations from European and Asian countries, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in the Republic of Kazakhstan state bodies, academia, businesses and NGOs, in total more than 350 people take part in the work of the forum.

The “Green Bridge” Partnership Programme is a global initiative of the head of our state Mr. N. Nazarbayev. The main aim of the program is a creation of global partnership and mechanisms of transfer of “green” knowledge, innovations and technologies in the field of “green” economy in such sectors as access to renewable energy, resilience to climate risks, water management, food security, sustainable urban systems and etc. The Ministry of energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan is coordinating work for further implementation and promotion of GBPP.

In the framework of the panel session the Republic of Bulgaria signed the GBPP Charter. On behalf of Bulgaria readiness to support “Green Bridge” Partnership Programme was expressed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. I. Genov. Thus, Bulgaria has become 13th participant of the GBPP along with Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Mongolia, Georgia, Germany, Montenegro, Latvia, Finland, Hungary and Albania.

At the panel session and during the expert meetings draft foundation agreement of the Partnership Programme and Green Bridge Institute were presented and comprehensively discussed. Discussions were attended by representatives of international organizations, experts, scholars, leaders and representatives of ministries and departments of Charter signatory countries, businesses and NGOs. Following discussion, it was suggested to create a working group for further improvement of GBPP documents and make ​​recommendations for the implementation of this important initiative. This information is available on the website: www.gbpp.org.

The participants of the forum have noted that “Green Bridge” Partnership Programme should be a real mechanism for the promotion of “green” economy and provide leadership of Kazakhstan in the promotion sustainable economic growth in the Eurasian region.