|October 2016. 7th International Forum Energy for sustainable development|
The Seventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 18-21 October 2016. Over 400 international energy experts, government officials, and representatives from the business community, financial sector, academia and civil society took part in the Forum.
It was jointly organized by the Government of Azerbaijan, the United Nations Regional Commissions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the World Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2), and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
During the working group's meeting on the promotion of energy efficiency in Azerbaijan and other countries in the region, held on October 19, 2016, with the support of the UNDP, GEF, and UNIDO, the Project Manager of the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia," presented the experience from the implementation of international projects in Russia. In his speech, Mr. Vitaly Bekker stressed the uniqueness of the Project in the North-Western region, which became the leading region in the field of energy management by virtue of the international expert's efforts. "This year, we have two regional energy Managers: one in the Pskov region, and one in the Vologda region. Recently, a national energy Manager also started his duties, and will be responsible for the deployment of the roadmap for the implementation of the municipal energy management ideas in Russia.". The host of the event, UNDP Regional Technical Advisor on climate change mitigation, Mr. John O'Brien, also noted the active implementation of the EMIS in the region, which was developed under the implementation of a similar UNDP-GEF Project in Croatia a few years ago. It is worth noting the rapid spread of the program. This year it was launched in Russia and Turkey. A few countries in the near future will adopt this software within various international lines of the UNDP.
The business program of the Forum was also attended by the Project National Director, Deputy General Director of the FSBI "REA," Mr. Igor Kozhukhovsky, who become moderator of the section, "Challenges and prospects for regional cooperation on issues of power sector in Central Asia and the Caucasus region."
At the closing session of the Seventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, the delegates called on the governments and international organizations to take urgent steps for transformation of energy systems. There is a gap between current actions taken by governments and the commitments they have made both to the 2030 Agenda and in the Paris Climate Agreement, and another gap between their commitments and the ambition of limiting temperature rises to well below 2°C. Practical steps are needed to close these gaps. The outcome document of the Baku Forum is a request to Member States to commit to concrete measures in energy to support achieving the energy-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contributing to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Participants of the Forum requested that all of the United Nations partners submit the draft Ministerial Declaration to their Member States for consideration for adoption at the Energy Ministerial Conference organized in the context of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development and the EXPO-2017 “Future Energy” that will take place on 11 June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The actions proposed in the document are designed to fill the identified gaps and accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy system through an agreed common agenda. The declaration seeks to propose potential solutions and focuses on the need for an urgently needed paradigm shift in policy making and the way we produce and consume energy. All events during the four days of the Forum – High-Level Policy Dialogue, International Conference on Renewable Energy, workshops, seminars, and meetings of two UNECE Groups of Experts – on Energy Efficiency and on Renewable Energy – fully supported the Baku Call for Action and recommended consideration of the draft Ministerial Declaration at the Eighth International Forum in Astana.
Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), emphasized in his speech that there is no “one size fits all” solution and each country will choose its approach optimally given its national circumstances to both implementing the 2030 Agenda and achieving the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Baku Call for action to achieve energy-related Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to the Paris Climate Agreement