Almira Tursyn defends tweet apologizing
The city has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the area of music since November 2017. The city was the host for a 1978 international conference on Primary Health Care where the Alma Ata Declaration was adopted, marking a paradigm shift in global public health. It has a relatively mild climate with warm and dry summers and quite cold winters. Since the city is in a tectonically active area, it has an endemic risk of earthquakes. Although most tremors do not cause any significant damage, Almaty has suffered some large destructive earthquakes. In 1997 the capital was moved to Astana (renamed to Nur-Sultan in 2019) in the north-central part of the country. Since then Almaty has been referred to as the ‘southern capital’ of Kazakhstan.