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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

02 November 2021

ES_ESCAP

Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to speak to you today for the launch the Green Grids Initiative (GGI).

ESCAP is pleased to be part of this initiative through our leadership of the Asia-Pacific Working Group on GGI.

Power system connectivity is a key tool for supporting the energy transition by enabling access to lower cost resources, increased integration of renewable energy, and enhanced energy security.

Across our region, we see many efforts to increase cross-border power system integration to support sustainable development. Yet, because of fragmented political support, gaps in financing, and some cases limited technical capacity, progress on power system connectivity in our region remains slow.

ESCAP work is guided by the Regional Road Map on Power System Connectivity, endorsed by member States earlier this year.

It contains nine strategies to promote cross-border electricity connectivity for sustainable development. It is a clear sign that governments across the Asia-Pacific region recognize the benefits of increased power system connectivity.

One thread that runs through the road map’s strategies is a need for increased collaboration across the region.

Initiatives like the GGI are critical to improving efforts to integrate renewable energy resources across borders by bringing together different stakeholders to share ideas for accelerating sustainable power system connectivity and learning from experiences in other parts of the world.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Power system connectivity is one tool among many for addressing sustainable energy development, but it is often overlooked. No country can address climate change on its own.

To meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement targets, we must work together.

ESCAP looks forward to working with you to build a more sustainable and more connected future.

Thank you very much.

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