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Friday, 08 July 2016 09:10

Kazakhstan plans to develop strategy for the transition to low-carbon development

4 july 2016. Astana held an extended meeting of the Council on the transition to a "green economy" under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan under the chairmanship of Prime Minister K.K. Massimov. The event was organized by the Ministry of Energy, in partnership with the Research and Education Center "Green Academy" with the financial and expert support of the OSCE Office programs in Astana, UNDP, USAID, of GIZ, the World Bank, the EBRD.

On the agenda of the IV meeting were reviewed and approved plans and schedules the work of the Council and its working groups for 2016, as well as the composition of working groups. Speaker of the first question was the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bozumbayev K.A.

The main topic of the meeting was the implementation of the Paris climate agreement in the Republic of Kazakhstan, adopted at the conclusion of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, December 2015.

Reports and presentations were made by: Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Bozumbayev K.A, international experts: Safonov GV (Higher School of Economics, Russia), Felix Christian Matthes (World Bank, USA), Jan-Willem van de Ven (EBRD, United Kingdom) and other.

According to the speakers, the Republic of Kazakhstan has the potential for decarbonisation of the national economy and the transition to low-carbon development.

As a result of the discussion, the following decisions were taken:

- Kazakhstan needs to sign and ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change as soon as possible and

- To develop a long-term low-carbon development strategy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In this regard, the Ministry of Energy were given assignments in conjunction with other ministries and agencies to develop a transition strategy project on low-carbon development and strengthening of cooperation with the Green Climate UN Fund (GCF), the OECD and the international organizations, countries (World Bank, EU, OSCE, UNEP, UNDP , GIZ, USAID and others.) in order to attract low-carbon investment.

Invitedparticipants of the Council the deputies - heads and members of the specialized committees of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, heads and employees of state agencies, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Kazakhstan:

EU, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the Russian Federation, Portugal, and international organizations: OSCE, UNDP, UNEP, UNECE, USAID, of GIZ, CAREC, the ISTC, the World Bank, the EBRD, the Asian development Bank in Kazakhstan, representatives of business associations, research organizations, experts and NGOs.

More than 120 people participatedin the session of the Council.

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