Asia-Pacific countries adopt landmark agenda for 'Shaping the Future of Sustainable Energy' in the region

Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Shun-ichi Murata with heads of delegation at Asian and Pacific Energy Forum 2013, Vladivostok, Russian Federation.

Other Language: Russian

Thirty four countries attending the first United Nations intergovernmental meeting on energy in Asia and the Pacific, adopted a groundbreaking framework of action aimed at enhancing energy security in the region today.

The Ministerial Declaration on Regional Cooperation for Enhanced Energy Security and the Sustainable Use of Energy in Asia and the Pacific: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific was endorsed at the conclusion of the four-day Asian and Pacific Energy Forum 2013 convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and hosted in Vladivostok by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Shun-ichi Murata, ESCAP Deputy Executive Secretary emphasised: “The vision of energy security and its sustainable use for Asia and the Pacific as contained in the Vladivostok Declaration adopted today will guide all concerned stakeholders in the region to move towards a more energy secured region that will provide better security for the lives of our people, particularly our most vulnerable groups.”

The APEF/Vladivostok Plan of Action outlining regional and subregional priorities was also adopted with a vision of Asia and Pacific where sustainable energy for all is a reality, enhanced energy security is present from regional to household levels, an energy future is one of equity, diversification and access to all is secured, and the share of cleaner energies in the overall energy mix is increased.

As Chair of the Ministerial deliberations, H.E. Mr. Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy, Russian Federation reaffirmed Russia’s role as a major energy supplier to the Asian and Pacific region. He also recognised the need to promote sustainable energy including universal access to energy services, energy efficiency and renewable energy – the three components of the United Nations Secretary General’s initiative on Sustainable Energy for All.

“The global community is now focusing on the post-2015 development agenda,” added Mr. Murata. “As energy will certainly be one of the critical issues to be included in the agenda, the Forum’s outcome will make a significant contribution towards the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda.”

To fully capture perspectives on energy security within Asia and the Pacific, and to support consensus-building toward a regional energy strategy, ESCAP initiated five subregional consultation meetings in Bangkok, Delhi, Incheon, Moscow and Nadi, an Expert Group Meeting and Regional Preparatory Meeting in the lead up to APEF which enabled a thorough and engaging intergovernmental process.

To realise enhanced energy security and the future we want in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP is drawing attention to seven focus areas including access to energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy and environment, energy economics, trade and investment, and connectivity.

The next APEF will be hosted by Tonga in 2018.

For more information on the Declaration and APEF, visit the official website at http://www.unescap.org/apef and the host country website at http://www.apef2013.ru.