Organisers and Participants fully charged for Expo 2017 Astana

Preparations for Expo 2017 Astana are in the final stretch, after the final International Participants’ Meeting drew to a close, having gathered 326 representatives from 108 participating countries.

The IPM was the third and last of its kind, giving organisers and participants the opportunity to exchange on Expo preparations and iron-out any outstanding issues. Various organisational and logistical topics were discussed during the meeting, including regulations, communications, accreditation and security. Representatives of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, the Expo organiser, gave a detailed presentation of the Expo site, including its architecture, layout and infrastructure.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

The meeting was also an occasion to finalise preparations for the Expo’s cultural programme, including national days and activities. Over 3,000 themed, cultural and entertainment events are scheduled to take place during the 93 days that the Expo will be open. Organisers provided attendees with an update on the organisation and contents of the Future Energy Forum, the Energy Best Practices Area, thematic pavilions and the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan.

Participants in the IPM were given a tour of the 25-hectare Expo site, which is centred around an eight-storey, 80-metre sphere housing the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan and the Museum of Future Energy. As of mid-February, pavilions had been transferred to the first 20 international participants, who have already started to work on their installations.

On the sidelines of the IPM, National Commissioners of BIE Member States met for the first time to elect 22 members of the Steering Committee, which will liaise with organisers before and during the Expo. Romas Jankauskas, the Commissioner of the Pavilion of Lithuania, was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee, which held its constituent session.

In a closing statement, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation at this advanced stage of planning, stating that: “the site, the theme and the international participation all give great potential to this Specialised Expo. Its success is now in the hands of organisers, participants, and of course, the public.”

International Participants gather in Astana ahead of Expo 2017

Less than four months before Expo 2017 Astana opens its gates, international participants are gathered in the Palace of Independence in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for the third International Participants’ Meeting (IPM). Representatives from 108 countries are taking part in the IPM, which is the last of its kind before the Expo opens on 10 June under the theme “Future Energy”.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

International participants are gathered for two days (22-23 February), during which the host country and Expo officials will present a final vision of the Expo to all international participants. The IPM will include detailed presentations regarding the Expo’s organisation and logistics, as well as question-and-answer sessions, providing organisers and participants with a common platform to exchange as preparations move into the final stretch.

The First Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, addressed delegates at the opening of the meeting, alongside the Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017 NC, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Expo Commissioner, Rapil Zhoshybayev, and the Mayor of Astana, Asset Isekeshev.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, welcomed attendees in an introductory speech, stressing that: “the success of the Expo at this stage of preparations is the shared responsibility of both organisers and participants.” Mr. Loscertales emphasised the importance of the “Future Energy” theme and its resonance across the globe, which is reflected in the high number of international participants.

Expo 2017 Astana will be open between 10 June and 10 September, during which time it is expected to receive 5 million visits. Organised under the theme “Future Energy”, the Expo will take place on a 25-ha site close to the centre of Astana.

Astana eagerly awaiting Expo 2017

The 160th session of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) took place in Paris on 23 November, during which Expo 2017 Astana presented delegates with its progress report.

Expo 2017 Astana

The presentation was the last to be given by organisers of Expo 2017 before the Specialised Expo opens on 10 June next year under the theme ‘Future Energy’. With less than 200 days until opening, the General Assembly was told that Astana is ready to welcome international participants and that the site is almost ready.

The Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, declared that 90% of construction work on the site has been completed, with all site developments going according to schedule. Mr. Yessimov added that international pavilions are ready and that five of them have already been handed over to participant countries (China, France, Germany, Hungary and Turkey). Addressing delegates, the Chairman stated “I would like to urge all the Official Participants to start the installation works. Pavilions are at your disposal.”

Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, addressing the 160th General Assembly of the BIE

Rapil Zhoshybayev, the Commissioner of Expo 2017, announced that over 120 countries and international organisations have formally confirmed their participation. Regarding the events calendar during the three months of the Expo, the Commissioner told delegates that 70 countries have already reserved their national days, and that several international summits will take place during the Expo, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Rapil Zhoshybayev, the Commissioner of Expo 2017, addressing the 160th General Assembly of the BIE

Final preparations will continue over the next few months, with the final International Participants’ Meeting (IPM) set to take place on 22 and 23 February 2017. Organisers also assured the General Assembly of their efforts to continue promoting the Expo, announcing that a road show around Europe is scheduled for the Spring of 2017.

Vicente G. Loscertales, the Secretary General of the BIE, congratulated Expo 2017 Astana on making “enormous progress” in the past six months. As the first event of its kind in Central Asia, Mr. Loscertales forecasts that the Expo will be a “showcase of culture and innovation, which will allow people to foresee how the future is shaped.”

Applications open for BIE-Cosmos Prize on Future Energy

Applications are now open for the 2017 edition of the BIE-Cosmos Prize, organised in partnership with Expo 2017 Astana. The prize rewards not-for-profit projects from citizens and groups working in fields relating to the theme of the Expo – “Future Energy”.

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BIE-Cosmos Prize 2017 - Future Energy

The prize is open to any not-for-profit project by a citizen or a group that contributes to sustainable energy development, universal access to clean energy, energy security and efficiency, responsible consumption, renewable energy sources, etc. as illustrated by the theme of Expo 2017 Astana “Future Energy”, or which demonstrates a strong potential to do so.

Applications for eligible projects may be submitted by completing the application form, in English or in French, before 20 April 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be selected to present their work and achievements at Expo 2017 Astana. Before the end of the Expo, the winning project will be chosen by a jury, receiving a donation of 20,000 euros.

The BIE-Cosmos Prize is a collaboration between the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Expo ’90 Foundation, which commemorates the International Horticultural Expo 1990 in Osaka, Japan. At each World Expo and Specialised Expo since 2008, the BIE-Cosmos Prize has been awarded to projects linked to the theme of the Expo to encourage citizen participation. Each prize gives financial support to one project whose development is considered part of an Expo’s grassroots legacy.

At World Expo 2015 in Milan, which was organised under the theme “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life”, the BIE-Cosmos Prize was awarded to the “Nutritious Diet and Sustainable future for Haiti’s Children” project, submitted by non-governmental organisation CESAL.

Expo 2017 is a Specialised Expo being organised in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 10 September. Set to gather over 110 international participants, the Expo is being organised under the theme “Future Energy”, with three subthemes - “Reducing CO2 Emissions”, “Living Energy Efficiency”, and “Energy for All”.

Astana hosts Future Energy Forum nine months ahead of Expo opening

Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, hosted today the third edition of the Future Energy Forum, gathering over 250 stakeholders and experts in the field. The meeting is the last of its kind before Astana welcomes Expo 2017 in June next year, which has 'Future Energy' as its theme.

Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE

The Forum was organised under the theme ‘Energy For All’, responding to the complex question of meeting the energy needs of those in the developing world, many of whom lack access to affordable, clean energy. The sessions notably focused on the development of energy efficient practices and lifestyles, promoting accessible forms of renewable energy and ending energy poverty.

The issues raised by this meeting and preceding ones will be the focus of the main Future Energy Forum, which will run throughout the course of Expo 2017. The Forum will be one of the central events of the Expo, serving as a platform for research and debate on the topic of Future Energy. Attracting participation from international organisations, the scientific community, the private sector and NGOs, it will involve workshops, conferences, round tables and debates. The Expo will also feature an Energy Best Practices Area to showcase successful and promising policies, technologies, solutions and products in line with the Expo’s theme.

Akhmentzhan Yessivmov, Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 National Company and the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kanat Bozumbayev.

The Future Energy Forum is organised in partnership with Nazarbayev University, whose President, Shigeo Katsu, moderated the session. The opening speech was given by Akhmentzhan Yessivmov, Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, who was followed by the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, and the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kanat Bozumbayev.

Emphasising the role of this pre-Expo forum, Mr. Loscertales stated that “access to energy in the developing world is a major challenge of our era, and Expo 2017 will be a unique opportunity to showcase solutions to this question. Far from being limited to developing countries, this debate has a global impact as the nature of energy means that it is intrinsically linked to the environment, economic growth, and well-being.”

The Kazakh capital is set to welcome over 5 million visitors between 10 June and 10 September 2017, with over 100 countries and international organisations expected to participate in the Expo.