In November 2012, Astana was chosen as a venue for the International Specialized EXPO-2017. It is the 67th International Expo since 1851. As of today, 95 countries and 17 international organizations have confirmed their participation.
Future Energy was chosen as the Expo's theme to establish a social and economic legacy and develop the world's feeling of responsibility with regard to global energy challenges. National pavilion and four thematic pavilions devoted to various aspect of the Future Energy will be positioned on 25 hectares of the Expo area.