Astana, 7 February 2023 (TDI): The Astana International Forum, a new international conference, is being launched by Kazakhstan to unite efforts on addressing important global challenges.

The Forum will help the international community to tackle the threats imposed by increased polarization and geopolitical division.

On June 8 and 9, 2023, in Astana, the Forum will take place under the patronage of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan.

Eminent representatives from governments, international organizations, businesses, and academia will use it as a forum to discuss solutions to the problems of climate change, food scarcity, and energy security.

President Tokayev noted the following in his remarks about the opening of the Astana International Forum, “Today, across the globe we face historic challenges, the likes of which we have not encountered for decades or longer.

These challenges are putting unprecedented pressure on the international community, creating new dividing lines and challenging the principles of globalization and multilateralism.”

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He went on to reiterate that the “Astana International Forum was created to respond to these challenges, prioritizing cooperation as a core tenet of a functioning international system.

Kazakhstan has a long history of advancing constructive international relations, serving as a bridge between East and West – and while this policy has been firmly tested in 2022, it has proven resilient. We have shown the value of cooperation.”

Further, President Tokayev stated that “Through the Astana International Forum, we hope to build new bridges and strengthen ties.

As we come together to overcome the collective challenges we face, charting a new way forward – diplomatically, economically, and politically.”

It is pertinent to note that the Astana Economic Forum’s success led to the development of the Astana International Forum.

Four major global issues have been intended to be addressed by it; foreign policy, security and sustainability, energy and climate, and economy and finance.

The Forum’s mission, “Tackling Challenges through Dialogue: Toward Cooperation, Prosperity, and Progress,” is centered on the abovementioned pillars.

The Forum’s schedule will include opening remarks, panel discussions, informal conversations, and other side events. The event’s registration is now open; interested parties can register here.