President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke at the "Climate Ambitions Summit" timed to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate
"Five years after the Paris agreement and a year after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, today is a critical moment for assessing where we are", the president said. "“This is an opportunity to focus on our collective plans to combat climate change. Combating climate change is an urgent task. Kazakhstan, as a developing country, is also extremely vulnerable to climate change. Over the past 30 years, we have come a long way in terms of development. However, our economy relies on fossil fuels". Therefore, Kazakhstan has no other choice but to simultaneously solve two problems: to divert the economy away from fossil fuels and at the same time to fight climate change, Tokayev emphasized. The President reaffirmed Kazakhstan's commitment to combating climate change despite difficult challenges. Moreover, on behalf of the country and the government, he announced Kazakhstan's pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Kazakhstan will develop a long-term development strategy aimed at achieving this goal, "reducing emissions and decarbonizing the economy."