Eurasian Media Forum in Astana to tackle East-West news issues at April session


Eurasian Media Forum in Astana to tackle East-West news issues at April sessionKazakhstan will welcome politicians, academics and senior journalists to its capital, Astana, on 24-25 April to examine the hottest issues on the East-West news scene at the 12th annual Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF).

Ukraine, Syria and Iran will all be on the agenda for debate at the Palace of Independence, along with regional and social questions. In its dozen years, the Forum has acquired a reputation as a unique venue for serious analysis of the most challenging developments of our times and how they are handled by the media, the EAMF official website informs.

This year the themes include the new world order and its divisions, the clash of ambitions in Ukraine, the Syrian conflict, Iran’s nuclear programme, Eurasian integration, etc.

Last year the Forum was attended by around 600 delegates from 46 countries. The event was covered by over 350 local and foreign journalists.

Commenting on the importance of the Forum, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan said: “In the eleven years since its establishment, the Eurasian Media Forum has become a unique venue for an exchange of opinions between politicians, experts and the media community. I want to particularly stress the contribution of the Forum to further Eurasian integration. Given globalisation, the significance and efficient impact of a broad discussion of the pressing issues faced in Eurasia and the world are becoming more pronounced…”

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VII Astana Economic Forum: Kazakhstan’s Sustainable Energy Strategy for international peer review


The 7th Astana Economic Forum (AEF) will feature a high-level panel discussion on Kazakhstan’s sustainable energy strategy during the conference in May, preceded by online discussions between experts, the organisers announced.

Heads of government agencies, international authorities and leading national scientists in the field of energy and green technologies are expected to attend these events.

The panel session on 22 May 2014 is being organized by the Kazakhstan National Academy of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Parasat National Science and Technology Holding.

The discussions will focus on the document entitled “Sustainable Energy Strategy for the Future of Kazakhstan up to 2050”, which was drawn up by scientists from Kazakhstan, Russia, United States and Canada.

Building on the initiatives launched by Kazakhstan’s Head of State, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on Global Energy Strategy and EXPO-2017, supported by the international community, their goal was to develop a programme for achieving the Kazakhstan-2050 objectives on sustainable energy.

The concept of the Strategy was presented and discussed in the framework of the VI Astana Economic Forum last year. The Strategy developers then held a series of meetings with the staff of the UN Secretariat and the UN Secretary General’s office in order to consider the Strategy.

The result of these discussions was the approval of Kazakhstan’s decision to develop a National Energy Strategy. Representatives of the UN Secretariat noted that the developing strategy is “fully consistent with the spirit and letter of the Rio+20 outcome document ‘The future we want’, and the goals of the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All up to 2030 (universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy, doubling energy efficiency), SUCCESS K media-agency said.