Astana, 5 June 2023 (TDI): Astana and Kazakhstan are preparing to host the highly anticipated Astana International Forum (AIF) on June 8-9. The forum’s objectives, key themes, and notable speakers highlight its potential to address global challenges and promote international cooperation.

“Hosted by the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the plenary session will focus on the state of the world today and the way forward toward peace, cooperation, and greater economic progress.

Under the theme “Tackling Challenges Through Dialogue Towards Cooperation, Development, and Progress,” the AIF will bring together over 1,000 participants and 100 speakers for more than 40 panels, side events, and sessions. Notable speakers include influential figures from various countries and international organizations.

Foreign Policy and International Security

One session will focus on the role of middle-power diplomacy in the current global order, emphasizing the advantages of middle powers in bridging gaps and promoting stability. Kazakhstan’s potential as an influential middle-power mediator in the Central Asian region will be highlighted.

International Development and Sustainability

Sessions in this dimension will cover various topics, including the impact of geopolitical tensions, global supply chain disruption, global health preparedness, and the power of algorithms and education as drivers of socioeconomic growth. The session on algorithms will examine the rising risks of disinformation and the impact of artificial intelligence on societies, discussing possible approaches to combatting them.

Climate Change

The AIF recognizes the urgency of combating climate change and dedicates several sessions to addressing this issue. Discussions will revolve around strategies to accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources, promote sustainable practices, and strengthen international collaboration to mitigate the effects of global warming.

Economy and Finance

Sessions within this division will focus on economic recovery, resilience-building measures, the creative economy, advancing women’s leadership, Eurasian connectivity, digitalization, and the role of innovations. Participants aim to identify market opportunities and overcome stagnation through innovative approaches.

The Astana International Forum, with its diverse themes and esteemed speakers, aims to foster dialogue, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas. The forum seeks to shape a prosperous future through international cooperation by addressing pressing challenges and promoting sustainable solutions. Astana is committed to meaningful discussions and transformative actions that can shape our world for years.