High-Level Regional Forum "Covenant of Mayors - East"

Publication date: 25 June 2015 WHO:

The European Commission (Directorate General European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations)



“Central Asian local and national authorities on the 2020 pathway to a sustainable energy future"


26 June 2015

11:15-11:45 Press briefing


Almaty / Kazakhstan

“Altyn Emel” Conference room, Hotel Kazakhstan, Dostyk Ave 52/2


Momentum is building towards the UN climate conference in December this year where governments will agree on a future global cooperation scheme to address the causes and impacts of climate change. Central Asian local authorities can be a blueprint for the negotiators of the Paris climate talks: an increasing number is joining the community of 6300 cities having signed the Covenant of Mayors initiative worldwide and committing voluntarily to increase energy-efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions on their territories. 

As we look beyond the Paris agreement and towards the Expo-2017 Astana on “Future Energy”, how can city-related initiatives like the Covenant of Mayors support and effectively link to national and international energy and climate policies? How do energy strategies need to be shaped to enhance a sustainable and prosperous future for Central Asia?

With eminent speakers being expected, the Forum is a great opportunity to meet committed cities from all over Central Asia as well as representatives of international and national political and financial institutions. This is the place for media stories from the ground on how climate change is being perceived and how climate and energy issues are being tackled by authorities!

In Central Asia, the Covenant of Mayors initiative is coordinated by the Regional Environment Centre for Central Asia (CAREC). Based on a set of principles such as long term commitment, citizens’ involvement, and ambitious and integrated climate action, the Covenant has become a reference for multi-level governance beyond EU borders.   


Welcome Address with expected speakers Mr. Akhmetzhan Yessimov (Mayor of Almaty, Kazakhstan) and Mr. Albert Rau (Vice-Minister of Investment and Development), Mrs. Aurelia Bouchez (EU Ambassador in Kazakhstan) as well as other high-level EU Commission representatives - 9.15 am 

Speeches expected by Mrs. Saltanat Rahimbekova (Managing Director of “Astana EXPO-2017”), Mr. Heinrich Wyes (Deputy Executive Director CAREC), Mr. Batyrkul Bayetov (State Secretary of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Energy and Industry) – 10.00 am

Group photo– 11.00 am

Press briefing – 11.15 am

Presentation of upcoming financial and technical assistance – 11.45 am

Face-to-face interviews with participants (subject to prior arrangement)

Journalists planning to attend are kindly asked to confirm their participation by sending an email at centralasiaforum@eumayors.eu

For any face-to-face interview, you may send an email to centralasiaforum@eumayors.eu

or call event coordinator Miriam Eisermann at +33 381 65 36 82.

Interpretation will be provided from/to English and Russian. 

For more information about the Covenant of Mayors initiative, visit our Russian website: www.soglasheniemerov.eu/index_ru.html .


Miriam Eisermann

Communication Manager – Covenant of Mayors East

Tel.: +33 381 65 36 82


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