Starting the welcoming speech Ban Ki-moon expressed his gladness to visit Kazakhstan and participate in the forum.
First of all, we’d like to remind that Ban Ki-moon served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ban has worked for more than 40 years in the diplomatic field. His work as the Secretary-General of the UN was oriented to addressing the problem of global warming and to preserving peace throughout the world, to which end he achieved some considerable successes during his term beginning in 2006.
That’s why the main topic discussed by him was the climate change issue. And before explaining he put some questions – What can we do today? How can we improve our world for the future generation?
Before the answering these questions he mentioned some moments concerning sustainable development and ways to solve the climate change issue.
“The Paris Agreement is not finished. It must be strengthened. We must add many sectors there. But, nevertheless, 197 UN member states could reach some agreements in this sphere. And I’m proud of it”, Ban Ki-moon said.
As you know, the UN developed the sustainable development goals by 2030. The climate change issue is also a part of these 17 goals. According to the speaker, without the climate change issue and its solving remaining 16 goals will be significantly spoiled and even destroyed.
“That’s why, we think that the Astana Economic Forum and the “World of Global Challenges” session are important for the discussion of these issues”, the 8th Secretary-General of the UN said.
But Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern that not all the countries show their adherence in the problem of global warming.
“It is a strong incentive for me that the majority of countries assumed their responsibility under the leadership of their Presidents. But at the same time I must express my very serious concern that not all the countries do their work properly. Particularly in the case of the USA. I hope that the USA will join this agreement again in the near future”, Ban Ki-moon stated.
The speaker thanked the leadership of the countries, society, NGOs for partnership and support. In his words, only in this way the situation in the world can change. He called all the countries to work together in order to support this world for the future generations.
As for Kazakhstan, Ban Ki-moon noted country’s responsibility to produce 50% of all energy using the alternative energy sources by 2050.
“I am convinced that international green technologies center, which was launched in 2017 by Nursultan Nazarbayev, will become a tool, which will allow Kazakhstan to lead realization of ecological obligations in the whole world. Kazakhstan is one of the leading countries in this economic structure. By 2030 the production in Kazakhstan will have moved fully to the electric vehicle management. I think that we should congratulate Kazakhstan and support this country in its initiative”, the speaker said.
Before yielding the floor to the next speaker Ban Ki-moon wanted to leave a message for people.
“Mankind must overcome the difficulties that exist. We dominate over nature but, nevertheless, now it is time to live in harmony with nature. Nature cannot wait for us. Nature cannot negotiate with us. We, people, should live harmoniously together. This is the message I wanted to leave you. I believe that this AEF is a very good platform for the discussion and search for solutions for humanity as a whole”, Ban Ki-moon concluded.
For reference: The Paris Agreement, Paris climate accord or Paris climate agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020.
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