17 May 2006
Ministerial conference on the “Strategic Role of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development in Central Asia” 17-19 May 2006, Almaty, Kazakshstan.
The conference focuses international attention on energy problems facing the rural population in Central Asia, with particular emphasis on the Aral Sea zone (Mainly Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia). Mr. Walter Erdelen, UNESCO Assistant Director General serves as chair for several sessions of the conference.
• Enhance the understanding of renewable energy possibilities within the global energy system;
• Define the renewable energy potential in the region and define priorities both regional and national in this area:
• Review opportunities for development & funding of specific projects;
• Promote and harmonize co-operation in the industrial sector at the regional, inter-regional and international level;
• Promote the interaction between energy representatives international project financing specialists, managers, decision-makers and policy-makers as well as experts in the field from the countries and region concerned;
• Disseminate and promote information on the regional know-how and opportunities offered by the use and application of renewable energies in Aral Sea Zone;
• Launch a regional specialized network of expertise in this area.