About the EXPO

In 2012, the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, was selected to host the World’s Fair EXPO in 2017 with the theme “Future Energy”. The EXPO will take place from 10 June to 10 September 2017 and will explore the possibility of scaling up the world’s sustainable energy production, of promoting energy security and efficiency, and of encouraging the use of renewable energy around the world. With millions of potential visitors, the EXPO will remind the world that we only have 14 years to achieve the SDGs, and that without a focus on energy, progress is virtually impossible.

No development without sustainable energy

Around the world, 1.3 billion people live without energy. That's more than 1 in 5 people who cannot heat themselves, or do basic things like make a phone call, read at night, or even grow crops. At the same time, coal, oil, and natural gas - which fuel most of the world’s energy - produce considerable amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in global warming. With sustainable energy, countries can build the clean energy economies of the future and provide access to essential services for everyone. For a long time, lack of technical expertise and funding, and unfavorable business environments made it risky and costly for countries to make the transition to clean energy. But the times are changing: people are demanding cleaner, more reliable electricity. Countries are looking for low-carbon ways of developing. Renewables like wind and solar are becoming increasingly cost-competitive, and so are efficient technologies

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Great support was provided by UNV, UNECE, IAEA, OHRILLS, UNWTO and UNDPI to the EXPO-2017