Few would argue that the world faces increasingly tough challenges that include rising energy demand, tightening energy supplies, the growing impact of climate change and intensified economic volatility. Companies and governments need to urgently develop new ways of looking at the future. By acting now to decide how to meet people’s energy needs, while preserving the health of the planet for the next generation, the leading powers can seek new ways to ensure global sustainability and stability.
As Peter Voser, Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell, stated recently in a speech he made in China, “It’s clear the combination of a growing population and rising prosperity…will continue to drive a sharp increase in global energy demand. By 2060, our planet could be home to 9.5 billion people, up from 7 billion today. That is the equivalent of adding one new city of nearly 1.5 million people every week for the next four decades.”
The risk of energy shortages in the world and the drive to seek new ways to solve this problem is the theme of EXPO-2017, an international exhibition to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, after its candidacy beat the Belgian city of Liège to host the event. With the help of its award-winning promotional video, “The Great Expectation of Kazakhstan,” the Kazakh capital will provide a grand stage to showcase the most notable achievements of mankind in the development of green energy under the general theme of “Energy for the Future”. As a country whose economy has historically been kept balancing on the sharp edge of an angle, there is sure to be plenty of “zest” in the event. Continue reading →
DUSHANBE, 7 November 2012 – An OSCE-facilitated visit of a group of humanitarian de-mining experts from Afghanistan to share their experience with Tajik counterparts, started in Dushanbe today.
The visit was organized jointly by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, through its cross-border technical co-operation programme on explosive hazards reduction and response, and the Tajik Mine Action Centre / UNDP in Tajikistan.
The programme of the week-long visit includes a workshop and field activities. Four representatives of Afghanistan’s Mine Action Co-ordination Centre and the Department of Mine Clearance within the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority will address issues related to quality management of humanitarian de-mining operations, national mine action standards as well as planning of de-mining operations. Continue reading →
DUBLIN, 30 October 2012 – The 19th OSCE Ministerial Council will take place on 6 and 7 December in Dublin.
The event will be held at the invitation of the 2012 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore.
The Ministerial Council is the central decision-making and governing body of the OSCE. The meeting, held annually, provides the foreign ministers of the 56 OSCE participating States an opportunity to review and assess the Organization’s activities during the past year and offer national viewpoints on security matters.
Kazakhstan prepared for a summit of a security group regarded as a rival of NATO that is to see rare encounters between the Chinese and Russian leaders with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Ahmadinejad, attending the summit despite political problems at home, has already arrived in the Kazakh capital Astana along with Chinese President Hu Jintao who has been on an official visit to Kazakhstan, state media said.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was set up in 2001 as a security counterweight to NATO that would allow Russia and China to rival US influence in Asia. But increasingly, it is looking to cooperate at an economic level. Continue reading →
ASTANA (Kazakhstan), 25 Jumada 2/May 28 (IINA)-Chairing the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) will be another high point for Kazakhstan on the international stage, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Wednesday.
“The presidency in the OIC that unites all Muslims in the world will raise Kazakhstan’s prestige in the Islamic world,” the Trend news agency quoted Nazarbayev as telling the Fourth World Kurultai of Kazakhs in the Kazakh capital Astana. Continue reading →
The first OSCE summit in eleven years finished with the adoption of the Astana Commemorative Declaration on 2nd December 2010. With negotiations that ran into the small hours, the declaration re-affirmed the organisation’s existing values and has not only set the stage for revitalising the OSCE, but also for providing renewed impetus on global security co-operation. Although it did not provide the series of key action items and agreement on important issues that host country, Kazakhstan, would have wanted, this should be considered as an important new dawn.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Miroslav Jenca, the Special Envoy of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Zhanybek Karibzhanov and the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Pierre Morel welcome the establishment of the new Parliament, election of the speaker and the appointment of a new government of Kyrgyzstan in line with the constitution. This represents a major step in building the country’s democratic legitimate institutions.