Jakarta (ANTARA) - Central Asia’s leading international conference, the Astana International Forum (AIF), scheduled to take place on June 13-14, 2024, in Astana, will strengthen cross-border diplomacy and collaboration.

According to a press release at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on February 12, 2024, this year's event will provide a critical opportunity for the international community to unite in the face of mounting challenges to global security, stability, and prosperity.

The AIF 2024 will gather government and business leaders from around the world to exchange perspectives on the most pressing issues of the day and identify new avenues for cooperation.

The forum’s program will once more be split into four pillars: Foreign Policy and International Security, International Development and Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, and Economy and Finance.

The pillars will serve as the principal topics for two days of engaging panel sessions, armchair discussions, and dedicated networking opportunities, with the ultimate aim of delivering actionable results for the revival of multilateralism and new opportunities for bilateral partnerships.

"In an era marked by polarisation and fragmentation, continued economic and geopolitical disruptions threaten to erode the essential principles of cooperation and mutual respect," President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated at the launch of the second AIF.

"I am deeply proud that through the Astana International Forum, Kazakhstan is helping protect and enhance the international system at this key juncture," he remarked.

Under the theme of "Empowering People, Uniting Nations: Building a Better World Together," the AIF 2024 is poised to re-energize the global community, providing fresh perspectives and collaborative solutions to some of the most critical challenges facing humanity today.

"Kazakhstan has long served as a vital bridge between East and West. This strategic vantage point on the world -- geographically, culturally, and politically -- positions us to drive crucial discussions and foster meaningful conversation among the world’s foremost policymakers, business leaders, and public intellectuals," the president stated.

The AIF 2024 is an important milestone for Kazakhstan on the world stage, as the country is set to chair several leading international organizations this year.

These international organizations include the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, the Organization of Turkic States, the Islamic Organisation for Food Security, and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.

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