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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

20 May 2021

ESCAP

Excellencies,

Distinguished members of the technical working group on Energy Transition,

Today marks the third and final session of our technical working group meetings.

I am pleased to say that we have achieved a significant step towards the High-level Dialogue on Energy that will take place in September 2021.

A report with detailed recommendations for actions to achieve energy transition has been prepared and will be officially launched at the Ministerial Forum on Energy Transitions on 23 June 2021.

Five reports under 5 themes will comprise a global roadmap for achieving affordable and clean energy for all by 2030, and on the road to net-zero emissions by 2050.

However, action towards developing a low carbon energy transformation depends on the collaborative efforts of all those involved in initiating the preparatory work for this high-level dialogue and all member States.

I would like to thank all participants for your active participation and all the incredible work achieved thus far.

To the technical working group members, your comprehensive and meaningful inputs in verbal and written form during and in-between each of our meetings has laid the foundations from which the work of the high-level dialogue can now really begin to take shape.

Our dynamic discussions have conveyed the importance of coherence and political will to steer it to everyone’s benefit.

Based on your feedback, we have included key constituencies such as youth, cities, and the private sector that must be engaged in the process for just transition.

Finally, a summary of recommendations has outlined specific ambitions for catalyzing voluntary commitments hopefully to support the development energy compacts.

Let us take this moment to acknowledge where we are today that will help us in identifying common challenges.

With your diverse and robust voice, a clear mandate for determining concrete actions towards a just and equitable energy transition can now move forward.

Let us keep up this momentum.

To colleagues of IRENA, UNEP, and UNESCAP, as co-leads, your coordinated efforts and technical leadership have been invaluable in synthesizing and compiling the themed report with targeted recommendations and providing substantive direction.

At the same time, ensuring deadlines are adhered in a timely and efficient fashion.

To our Global Champions namely: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Nigeria, Spain, and the United Kingdom for their continued support and valuable contributions to the outcomes of the Technical Working Group.

You will now hand it over to support the deliberations at the Ministerial Forum next month.

The final report, which will be shared today, is an invaluable opportunity for action.

The fact that a just energy transition must take place is not in question.

The question is how to implement the transition.

I believe that the outputs of all 5 thematic reports and the continued dialogues will be the good basis for all stakeholders to move forward.

It will create agreeable solutions in developing and non-developing contexts for concrete pathways towards achieving a just energy transition. 

I trust that this concluding meeting of the Technical Working Group will serve as the necessary springboard to commence work for the Ministerial Forum.

We have developed policy recommendations that are now ready to be brought to higher-level discussions and be showcased as scaling up actionable opportunities.

I once again thank you all for your diligent efforts in finalizing the report on energy transition.

I look forward to working with you in the following stages of the preparatory process towards the High-level Dialogue on Energy.

Thank you.

 

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