Ministerial Declaration and Plan of Action on Regional Cooperation for Enhanced Energy Security and the Sustainable Use of Energy in Asia and the Pacific

Ministerial Declaration and Plan of Action on Regional Cooperation for Enhanced Energy Security and the Sustainable Use of Energy in Asia and the Pacific

Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Type: 
Books
Abstract

In accordance with Commission resolution 67/2 on promoting regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy in Asia and the Pacific, adopted in May 2011, the Asian and Pacific Energy Forum was convened in order to discuss — at the ministerial level — the progress achieved in the region in addressing energy security challenges at the regional, national and household levels, and to facilitate continuous dialogue among member States with a view to enhancing energy security and working towards sustainable development. The first Asian and Pacific Energy Forum was held in Vladivostok, Russian Federation, from 27 to 30 May 2013. To fully capture perspectives on energy security within Asia and the Pacific, and to support consensus-building toward a regional energy strategy, an extensive preparatory process was organized with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation. Five Subregional Consultation Meetings (East and North-East Asia, North and Central Asia, Pacific, South and South-West Asia, South-East Asia), an Expert Group Meeting and a Regional Preparatory Meeting took place over the course of 2012 and 2013, involving senior government officials, experts, representatives from regional and international organizations, United Nations partners and civil society organizations. In the preparatory process, ESCAP member States considered the concept of “enhanced energy security”. Moving beyond conventional short-term calculations of supply and demand, enhanced energy security takes a more holistic view of energy security based on a long-term perspective. In particular, seven focus areas in realizing enhanced energy security were highlighted: energy access; energy efficiency; renewable energy; energy and environment; energy economics; energy trade and investment; and energy connectivity. The Forum marked an important occasion for member States to renew their commitment to developing energy policies within the context of sustainable development and, therefore, to formulating cross-sectoral energy guidelines for ecological and inclusive growth. Deliberations at the Forum raised the profile of energy within the sustainable development agenda, and reflected global energy priorities, placing them appropriately within the regional context, consequently, the outcome documents were adopted: the Ministerial Declaration and the Plan of Action (2014-2018) on "Regional Cooperation for Enhanced Energy Security and the Sustainable Use of Energy in Asia and the Pacific".

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