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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

06 September 2023


Excellencies, distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to welcome you all to the International Forum on Energy Transitions organized under the theme “Jointly Promoting Energy Transition for a Shared Green Future.”

I extend my sincere thanks to the National Energy Administration of China for the invitation. I regret that I cannot be with you in person.

The issues you will be discussing at this Forum are of critical importance to all countries, particularly the developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

The energy transition lies at the centre of our region’s aspirations for a future which is climate safe, prosperous and equitable. It underpins Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which sets out a global vision for achieving universal energy access, accelerating energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy.

The Asia-Pacific region is pivotal in the global energy transition. It is the world’s largest and most dynamic region, accounting for the majority of global energy consumption.

At the same time, many of the solutions to the energy transition are being forged here, which will be critical to the success of the global energy transition.

China has made impressive achievements in energy transition with its ambitious plan to expand renewable energy capacity in the coming decade to meet its core climate pledges – reaching peak carbon by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

At ESCAP, through our intergovernmental platform, we advocate for a regional approach to core issues such as regional energy connectivity and solving the most stubborn SDG 7 challenges. We leverage our analytical and capacity-building strengths to support our member States in these efforts.

For example, we have supported 16 countries to develop their national SDG 7 Roadmaps. These analyses help identify the most pressing areas where progress is needed and propose policies and technologies that can be applied to speed up the achievement of these targets.

We also have worked with our member States to develop a long-term vision for the interconnection of the region’s power grids. This is a key stepping stone for capitalizing on the region’s vast untapped renewable energy potential and decarbonizing power grids.

This vision has been formalized through a Regional Road Map on Power System Connectivity, agreed to by all members, which sets out nine strategies to guide the vision’s realization.

In October, we will move regional energy discussions into higher gear with the convening of the Third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum.

This is the only ministerial-level gathering on energy under the auspices of the United Nations in the Asia-Pacific region. It will provide an opportunity for energy ministers to continue regional dialogue and cooperation on energy issues.

The theme of the Forum, ‘Building a Sustainable, Secure and Interconnected Energy Future for Asia-Pacific,’ is ambitious, covering a wide range of topics, including ensuring access to clean and modern energy, energy connectivity and energy security.

I wish you all fruitful deliberations ahead at this Forum and invite you to join us in Bangkok for the Asia-Pacific Energy Forum.

Thank you.

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