Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen
It is my pleasure to join you all at “The High-level Dialogue on Energy”, the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the UN General Assembly since 1981.
In the 40 years between these two energy-focused summits, the world has undergone a significant transformation. Asia has become the fastest-growing region in the world with an ever-increasing demand for energy. How we ensure a transition and adapt to a continued increase in energy demand is up to us. And whether we can do it in a sustainable, green, and equitable manner hinges on our choices and decisions in the coming years.
SDG 7 is still within our reach. In this historical high-level dialogue, we can provide the necessary impetus to political ambition and accelerate action to innovative solutions, investments, and partnerships in support of the SDGs and Paris Agreement.
ESCAP plays a key role in promoting regional cooperation among countries of the Asia-Pacific region to drive regional SDG progress. As part of this effort, our work on SDG 7 Road Map and Regional Energy Connectivity are two important pathways for the sustainable energy transition.
I am pleased to introduce the ESCAP Energy Compact. Consistent with its existing mandates, ESCAP, working with all UN system partners and UN Country Teams, commits to assisting its member States by focusing on a number of keys areas – energy access, grid connectivity and investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We also support our members countries, upon their request, to plan for SDG 7 and net zero emissions.
ESCAP strongly believes that our compact, together with those from member States, sub-national authorities, non-state actors and international organizations will demonstrate renewed ambition and commitment to bridge the gap of achieving SDG 7 and the Paris Agreement targets.
I thank you.