Excellency Mr. Kasymov Chyngyz, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Energy of Kyrgyzstan,
Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to welcome you to the launch of the Kyrgyzstan Roadmap for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7.
Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the countries of Asia and the Pacific have been working steadfastly to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
SDG 7 is at the heart of the Goals. Fulfilling this Goal is important to ensure a sustainable energy future as well as to support the achievement of many other SDGs.
However, transitioning the energy sector to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement is a complex and challenging task for policymakers.
The COVID-19 pandemic and crisis in Ukraine have added even more challenges. Economic disruptions and energy price surging spurred by the pandemic and crisis are causing severe pressure on livelihoods, triggering widespread hardships for citizens.
Excellencies, ladies, and gentlemen,
Kyrgyzstan, as a land-locked developing country, has limited fossil fuel reserves. Consequently, this reliance on imported fossil fuels increases the country’s vulnerability to supply disruption and fuel price spikes.
The current geopolitical situation has reinforced the need to reduce the reliance of the energy sector on imported fossil fuels.
Additionally, burning fossil fuels also leads to more air pollution and carbon emissions that are not compatible with the long-term climate goals.
Progressing the transition towards sustainable energy guided by SDG7 increases the resilience of the energy sector and reduces reliance on imported energy through the utilization of indigenous renewable energy and the adoption of energy efficiency measures.
Transitioning to a sustainable, secure and least-cost energy system can form a key part of the COVID-19 recovery and pave the way for a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
The roadmap offers a holistic approach to energy transition not only for the power sector but covers the entire economy. It also offers a number of measures to leverage a least-cost sustainable energy development pathway and direct the investment savings to other critical sectors – such as healthcare – which will help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Government of Kyrgyzstan, particularly to the Ministry of Energy, for their continued leadership, cooperation and support to develop the SDG7 roadmap. I am also thankful to our partner, the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Development, for its excellent work facilitating this initiative.
This roadmap is not the endpoint of the collaboration between ESCAP and the Government of Kyrgyzstan. Rather ESCAP will seek future opportunities for collaboration to ensure that the recommendations are implemented in achieving the targets of SDG7 and the Nationally Determined Contributions by 2030.
I have requested my colleagues from the Energy Division and the subregional office for North and Central Asia to remain in close contact with the Government of Kyrgyzstan to discuss opportunities for further collaboration.
I am confident that Kyrgyzstan will continue to lead the way in building a secure, resilient and sustainable energy future for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Thank you very much.