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AIF2024: Kazakhstan addressing global challenges

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Astana, 4 January 2024 (TDI): The Astana International Forum (AIF) is all set to take place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on June 13 and 14, 2024. This distinguished Forum serves as a testament to Kazakhstan’s commitment to addressing global challenges by providing a shared platform.

The Astana International Forum (AIF) 2024 under the theme ‘Empowering People, Uniting Nations: Building a Better World Together’ will gather high-level representatives from foreign governments, industries, international organizations, and academic circles to exchange ideas.

Kazakhstan President Tokayev highlighted the Forum’s significance, “It provides a platform – and a crucial opportunity – for world leaders, thinkers, and doers to join together and map out a new course in the face of uncertainty and growing cynicism”.

The motive behind the establishment of this new Forum of discussion is to bring collective efforts to tackle major issues of international concern as the world faces a period of increasing polarization and geopolitical divide.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, expressed that AIF2024 hopes to build on the accomplishments of its first edition in 2023 and expects over 5000 delegates from over 50 countries to attend.

Astana International Forum held in Kazakhstan on June 8-9, 2023
Astana International Forum held in Kazakhstan on June 8-9, 2023

AIF2024 is positioned to revitalize the world community once more by providing novel insights and cooperative solutions to some of the most pressing issues confronting humanity at the moment, he further added in his keynote presidential foreword.

The topic of the Forum is the shared obligation to work together to create a better world. It signifies the dedication to solving global issues and safeguarding a common future by collaborating across public and private sectors and resolutely pursuing consensus on what is in mutual interest.

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The agenda of the Forum will be divided into four main areas: foreign policy and international security, international development and sustainability, energy and climate, economy and finance.

Zhandos Imanaliyev, the Executive Director of the Astana International Forum, and Michaela Friberg-Storey, the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Kazakhstan, pledged to support one another on regional and international issues in an MOU signed in December 2023.

Astana International Forum Expands Cooperation with the United Nations
Astana International Forum Expands Cooperation with the United Nations

The UN intended to actively use its vast network to promote the Astana International Forum, as stated in the agreement. The United Nations will also contribute to the Forum’s edition scheduled in June the following year.

Maha Afzal Chaudhary
Maha Afzal Chaudhary
Maha Afzal Chaudhary is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in International Relations from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Pakistan. She has a keen interest in analyzing global dynamics while deconstructing the underlying facts and unraveling the intricacies of international politics. Her areas of focus encompass state security-related matters and preferential economic interests. Her concerned sphere also comprises foreign policy-making processes of states.

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