The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan commits to establish an International Center for Green Technology and Investment.
The center will be established as an information, education and capacity-building tool. It will cover seven main activity areas: Power sector transformation, sustainable urban development, green business development, transfer and adaptation of green technologies and best practices, development of green funding, development of renewable energy sources, and capacity-building for green growth.
Activity of the Center will be focused on implementation of the above-mentioned measures, primarily in the countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan), Iran, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Azerbaijan. At the same time, the Center will also cooperate with industrially developed countries of OECD, the European Union, the USA, the Russian Federation, China, India and the countries of Latin America. The projects of the International Center will involve national holding structures and development institutions, international financial organizations, leading world and Kazakhstani universities and research centers, as well as non-government organizations.
The commitment falls under focus area 4 of the Batumi Initiative to change consumer behavior in favour of sustainable consumption patterns.
Implementing partners will include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The commitment is relevant to SDGs 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 17.