Energy from past to future – Azerbaijan Through the Lens photographic exhibition showcased in the UN Headquarters in Geneva
Geneva, 19 January 2017: The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Office in Geneva, in collaboration with The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), have combined efforts to organise a photographic exhibition entitled Energy from past to future: Azerbaijan Through the Lens, forming part of a wider exhibition hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). This showcases the innovations being applied by ECE member countries, aimed at achieving a more sustainable energy future for successive generations.
The exhibition comprises a selection of pictures kindly provided by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Azerbaijani State Agency for Renewable and Alternative Energy, and TEAS. In over 60 photos specifically selected for this exhibition, Azerbaijan describes its progress during the transition from traditional oil and gas to alternative and renewable energy resources. The pictures also illustrate both Azerbaijani landscapes and society and energy infrastructural development.
The official opening ceremony was held on 19 January 2017 at the Palais des Nations – the UN Headquarters in Geneva – in the presence of more than 80 participants, including members of the UNECE Sustainable Energy Committee, and representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN, international organisations and civil society.
The exhibition was opened by Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE, who acknowledged the efforts of ECE member countries towards achieving a more sustainable energy future, and in particular the energy transition being implemented in Azerbaijan, Germany, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, which are featured in the exhibition. He underlined that it is only through the replication of successful national case studies and by learning and sharing with each other that countries can deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Representatives of participating countries took the floor to present their respective exhibitions, namely Dr Uwe Petry, Head, Economic Affairs Division at the Permanent Delegation of Germany to the UN; H.E. Ambassador Vaqif Sadiqov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UN; Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS; Ramazan Zhampiissov, Executive Director, KazEnergy Association, Kazakhstan, and Valeriy Pysarenko, Ukrainian MP.
Ambassador Sadiqov mentioned the long history of energy infrastructure development in Azerbaijan, and its impact on overall life in the country, explaining: “The government of Azerbaijan is putting a considerable amount of effort into the economic diversification and the development of non-oil sectors, such as transport infrastructure, ICT, agriculture, and tourism. Another priority of the country is to make the transition towards a more diversified energy mix, which includes alternative and renewable energy infrastructures for wind and solar power. In that regard, Azerbaijan continues its partnership with relevant international organisations and companies.”
In his speech, Mr Zetter stated: “Energy is the lifeblood of every economy. It is also a vital sector for Azerbaijan, which is a substantial exporter of both oil and gas. However, Azerbaijan is also looking to the future. It is working hard to diversify its economy, and it is investing substantial resources into alternative and renewable energy technologies. Today, we showcase more than 60 pictures. Half represent the country’s energy infrastructure, from oil and gas to renewable technologies powered by wind and solar energy. The other half of are taken from the TEAS competition portfolio Azerbaijan Through the Lens, and they evocatively illustrate the country’s landscapes and culture.”
The exhibition continues until 24 January 2017, in the open space area of the UN Headquarters in Geneva.