The First session of the UN ESCAP Committee on Energy was held in Bangkok from 17 to 19 January 2017. The Russian delegation was led by Mr. Kirill V. Molodtsov, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.
On the eve of the session, a round of expert discussions took place in the format of the so-called "Energy Dialogue" with "Sustainable Energy in the Asia-Pacific Region" as the main theme. The dialogue was sponsored by Russia.
The first day of the session was highlighted by a Ministerial round table discussion on "Energy for Sustainable Development: strengthening energy security and sustainable use of energy sources in the Asia-Pacific Region". One of the panels was moderated by the head of the Russian delegation Mr. Kirill Molodtsov.
The Committee considered ways of harmonizing national energy strategies of the Asia Pacific countries with the 2030 Development Agenda. It also analyzed the progress in achieving the national commitments within the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 7 “Ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” in terms of its impact on socio-economic development in the ESCAP region with a focus on environmental implications. This allowed the participants to have an objective picture of the regional energy connectivity and to assess emerging trends of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region in the field of sustainable energy.
The Russian initiative on the establishment of the Asian Energy Super-Ring, designed to link power systems of Russia, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Japan and the Republic of Korea aroused a broad interest.
With the start of the ESCAP Energy Committee's work a holistic structure of multilateral energy cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region takes shape. It includes Ministerial Conferences held every five years; sessions of the Committee on Energy convened every two years and ad-hoc thematic forums.
ESCAP’s work on energy will continue during the 73rd session of the Commission (Bangkok, 15-19 May 2017), which will adopt a special resolution on the issue.