As the international community moves towards an era of growing polarization and geopolitical division, Kazakhstan is launching a new platform for dialogue - the Astana International Forum - in order to unite efforts to address key global challenges.
The forum will serve as a platform for high-level delegates from foreign governments, international organizations, businesses, and academic circles to engage in dialogue and seek solutions to problems such as climate change, food shortages, and energy security.
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Located in the heart of the Eurasian continent, the Republic of Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country, well-known for its natural resources, contributions to nuclear disarmament, successful diplomatic initiatives, architectural marvels, and pristine nature.
The word of a Turkic origin “Kazakh” means “Free man”- this is connected with the fact that since the very ancient times Kazakhstan has been inhabited by freedom-loving nomads.
The Great Silk Road passed through the modern Kazakh lands, which became an important link in the chain of cultural, trade and economic relations between Asia and Europe.
Kazakhstan is a Motherland for people of different nationalities and religions, united by a common historical destiny. Over 124 nationalities live under the single “Shanyrak” of Kazakhstan.
Words cannot describe the natural beauty of Kazakhstan. The glacier-covered mountain chains of the Tien Shan, Tarbaghatai and Altai in the south, southeast and east of the country sparkle with snow-white peaks. In the west, the Caspian Sea, the world's largest sea-lake, washes the country's shores, and Lake Balkhash, with salty water in one part and fresh water in the other, lies in the steppes of Saryarka.
Kazakhstan is a democratic and secular state with a Presidential form of government. The state is headed by the President - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Executive power is exercised by the Government, consisting of Ministries and state institutions; legislative power is vested in the two-chamber Parliament (Senate and Majilis).
Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan. It was founded in 1830 as a fortress.
Astana was proclaimed the capital in 1997. Astana is a young but fast-growing and modern capital city full of bright prospects, great opportunities and brilliant ideas.
The Astana International Forum was created to respond to global challenges, prioritizing cooperation as the fundamental principle of the functioning international system. Kazakhstan has a long history of developing constructive international relations, serving as a bridge between East and West.
Through the Astana International Forum, we hope to build new bridges and strengthen ties, coming together to overcome collective challenges and charting a new path forward - diplomatic, economic, and political. I look forward to the opportunity to invite world leaders from the public and private sectors to the Astana International Forum, to find effective solutions to existing global challenges.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Emir of the State of Qatar
President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Chairwoman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prime Minister of Uzbekistan
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Under-SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Secretary General of the OSCE
December 01, 2023
Astana International Forum expands cooperation with the United Nations
In Astana, Zhandos Imanaliyev, the Executive Director of the Astana International Forum, and Michaela Friberg-Storey, the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Kazakhstan, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The parties intend to provide mutual support on topical issues of the regional and international agenda.
In addition, the UN plans to actively participate in promoting the Astana International Forum and contribute to its next edition, which will be held on June 13-14, 2024, in the capital of Kazakhstan. This high-level event is being held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
December 01, 2023
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke at the World Climate Summit in Dubai
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered a speech at the World Climate Summit, which is taking place within the framework of the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai.
In his speech, the Head of Kazakhstan stressed that today half of the world's population lives in regions that are highly dependent on climate change.
– Small island developing States, landlocked developing countries and least developed countries are most at risk. Constant geopolitical instability and lack of energy security also complicate the task of maintaining attention to the climate agenda," he said.
November 24, 2023
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev participates in the first Summit of Heads of State of the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA)
At the beginning of his address, the Head of State expressed gratitude to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev for excellent organisation of the Summit, and welcomed the leaders of Central Asian countries and honoured guests of the event.
– Kazakhstan was the initiator of the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia in 1997, which has turned into an effective platform for expanding regional cooperation and facilitating our integration into global economic processes. Today’s meeting commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Special Programme. Last year, under the Chairmanship of Kazakhstan, we strengthened key areas of the Programme and took important steps towards its practical implementation, – Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted.
October 18, 2023
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan takes part in the opening ceremony of the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation
The second day of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's official visit to Beijing began with participation in the opening ceremony of the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
The Kazakh leader thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for the traditionally warm hospitality and impeccable organisation of the forum.
In his speech, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted the key role of China in ensuring global security and called it the locomotive of economic and technological development.