Asia-Pacific countries adopt landmark agenda for 'Shaping the Future of Sustainable Energy' in the regionListen /
A groundbreaking framework of action aimed at enhancing energy security in the Asia-Pacific region was adopted by 34 countries attending the first United Nations intergovernmental meeting on energy in Asia and the Pacific.
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 UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and hosted in Vladivostok by the Government of the Russian Federation.
ESCAP Deputy Executive Secretary Shun-ichi Murata, told the closing ceremony that "The vision of energy security and its sustainable use for Asia and the Pacific as contained in the Vladivostok Declaration ….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 the people, particularly [the] 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.
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.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.