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The International Energy Charter, represented by Sarah Keay-Bright, participated in the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) and the G20 Sustainability Working Group (SWG) discussions, held on 22-23 March 2017, in Berlin. Discussions centred around the development of an action plan on climate and energy for growth. The German Presidency of the G20 led the discussions with the objective of achieving agreement on areas for G20 cooperation and action in relation to accelerating the energy...

On 30-31 May, the Government of Turkmenistan, as the Chair of the Energy Charter Conference in 2017, and the International Energy Charter will jointly organise the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum on the topic of “Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy Resources”. The Forum will be followed by the International Energy Media Forum to brief representatives of diplomatic corps in Turkmenistan and mass media on the Energy Charter Process and priorities of...

The Republic of Kenya has joined the International Energy Charter following its signature by the Honourable Charles Keter, EGH, Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, in a ceremony held on 20 March 2017 at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, which was also attended by H.E. Johnson Weru Ambassador of Kenya, H.E. Ata Serdarov Ambassador of Turkmenistan, H.E. Wepke Kingma Ambassador of the Netherlands,  H.E. Mirjam Blaak Ambassador of Uganda, H.E. Olivier Nduhungirehe Ambassador of Rwa...

On 12 May 2017, the International Energy Charter, the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) will jointly host the Brussels International Energy Charter Forum on the topic of Mobilising Investments For A Sustainable Energy Future. The one day event will take place at the Energy Charter Secretariat's new...

On 16 March 2017, H.E. Jacqueline Marie Zaba Nikiéma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso to the Kingdom of Belgium and Permanent Representative to the European Union, signed the International Energy Charter. It follows the signature of Benin, ChadMauritania, Niger and Nigeria, and two regional organisations to which Burkina Faso is a member, namely ECOWAS and G5 Sahel. The universal principles of the International Energy Charter underpin cross-border electricity trade...

On 16 March 2017, the Implementation Group held its meeting at the Energy Charter Secretariat which was chaired by the Vice Chair Ms. Klara Rakhmetova (Kazakhstan). The aim of the meeting was to identify particular issues and problems related to energy transit within the Energy Charter constituency. 

On 13 March 2017, OPEC Secretary General Mr Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo hosted a meeting with Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna Austria.

The 10th of March 2017 marked the official opening of the EU4ENERGY Governance Project regional office in Tbilisi. The regional office will coordinate the project’s activities aimed at improving the energy legislative and regulatory framework in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The project is funded by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by the Energy Community Secretariat and the Energy Charter Secretariat

During his visit to Abuja on 6-7 March 2017 for the signing ceremony of the International Energy Charter, Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák had bilateral meetings with Ambassadors of Energy Charter contracting parties: H.E. Sadanobu Kusaoke of Japan, H.E. John Groffen of the Netherlands, H.E. Peter Holásek of the Slovak Republic and  Richard Young, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation. 

On 7 March 2017, the International Energy Charter welcomed its newest member as Nigeria signed the International Energy Charter signalling a historic day for Nigeria’s energy community. The event took place at the State House in Abuja in a high-level ceremony chaired, on behalf of the Vice President H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, by the Hon. Minister for Justice and Attorney General Dr Abubakar Malami. 

International Energy Charter visited partner organisations in Beijing, China from 20-22 February 2017 to discuss further collaboration for the “Belt and Road” initiative, Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), and other areas of IEC expertise. 

Following the formal approval of the Energy Charter Conference (ECC) as an observer to the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), the ECC Secretariat was invited to contribute to the 13th ECO Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, on March 1, 2017. 

On 22 and 23 of February, through a two-day expert workshop, the International Energy Charter provided its support to the Bureau of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation, in its mission to develop a new 'EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on climate change and renewable energy'. It is intended that this new initiative be approved by senior officials of research ministries, ahead of the Africa-EU Summit in November 2017.

On 12-14 June 2017, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the International Energy Charter have designed jointly a 3-day mediator training course tailored for investor-State disputes. The course is scheduled to take place at the ICSID's facilities in Washington, D.C.

On February 28, 2017, the International Energy Charter was formally approved as an Observer of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) at the 22nd Council of Ministers (COM) meeting of the ECO states, which took place in Islamabad, Pakistan