The Asian and Pacific Energy Forum has been established as the ministerial level platform on promoting regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy in Asia and the Pacific (Commission resolution 67/2). The first Asian and Pacific Energy Forum was convened at the ministerial level in Vladivostok, Russian Federation in May 2013 to review the progress achieved 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. At the first Asian and Pacific Energy Forum in 2013, member States addressed the concept of “enhanced energy security” in 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. Main outcomes of APEF 2013 were the Ministerial Declaration and Plan of Action on Regional Cooperation for Enhanced Energy Security and the Sustainable Use of Energy in Asia and the Pacific 2014-2018.
The Commission decided, by its Resolution 70/9 ‘Implementation of the outcomes of the first Asian and Pacific Energy Forum’, to convene the second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum at the ministerial level in 2018. In its Resolution 73/8 ‘Strengthening regional cooperation for sustainable energy development in Asia and the Pacific’, the Commission further decided to fully prepare for the 2nd Forum, while ensuring that the preparatory process will take into account the progress made in implementing the APEF outcomes and to consider the theme study issued by the Commission at its seventy-third session as well as inputs from all stakeholders from across the region, including Governments, international bodies, the private sector and civil society.
APEF2 aims to focus on the region’s implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Forum will review the progress achieved in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing energy security challenges, assess the outlook based on scenarios and discuss the policy options for keeping the region on track towards SDG7. The Forum will also assess the interlinkages between SDG7 and other SDGs. The advantages and requirements of connectivity in the context of regional integration as a catalyst for the attainment of SDG7 will also be highlighted as well as its benefits for the Countries with Special Needs.
APEF2 will be held on 3 to 5 April 2018 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
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