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Traditional tree planting ceremony on CICA Alley takes place in Presidential Park of Astana

An event on planting trees on the Alley of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) was held in the Presidential Park of Astana.

The event was attended by Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zulfiya Suleimenova, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kanat Tumysh, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps.

The Alley was inaugurated on 1 June 2021 by the CICA Secretariat in the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the Organization.

To date, the Alley has about 100 trees, including sakura, Sievers apple tree and red rowan.

The traditional tree planting ceremony is an annual event implemented jointly with the Sustainable Development Earth Foundation with the support of the Akimat of the Almaty district of Astana.

This project is a practical contribution to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of CICA in the environmental dimension.

Minister Suleimenova noted in her welcoming remarks that the purpose of the event was not only to plant trees but also to fulfil a noble and responsible mission – to leave a worthy legacy to future generations.

“As you know, cooperation and dialogue are key principles of CICA activities. In this regard, the location of the CICA Alley is very symbolic. It is situated next to the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, which is the home for the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,” said Deputy Minister Tumysh, expressing confidence that the Alley will become a symbol of peace, harmony and friendship of the CICA Member States.

The CICA Secretary General, in turn, thanked the participants of the event for their contribution to the beautification of the Alley and, in general, support for the activities of the Organization in the environmental dimension.

Secretary General Kairat Sarybay also noted that the CICA Senior Officials Committee welcomed the initiative of Kazakhstan as CICA Chair to open such Alleys in the capitals of the Member States of the Organization.

During the ceremony, the guests planted 15 seedlings of sakura, donated by the Sustainable Development Earth Foundation, and beautified the territory of the Alley.