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The International Energy Charter contributed to the work of the XI Kazenergy Eurasian Forum held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 7-8 September 2017. The Forum, on the topic of "Securing the future of energy," comes as one of key events of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 "The Future of Energy" (Astana, June 10 - September 10, 2017). Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák participated in the discussion of the Kazenergy National Energy Report 2017 along with the high-level...

The Western Australian Pilbara Development Commission has presented a pre-feasibility study which evaluates the potential to export solar generated power from the Pilbara to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 2017 pre-feasibility study - Evaluating the potential to export Pilbara solar resources to the proposed ASEAN grid via a subsea high voltage direct current interconnector - raises the profile of the work and opportunities for renewable energy in Western Australia

The Energy Charter Secretariat took part in the Joint Conference on Northeast Asia Regional Power Interconnection which was held in Irkutsk, Russian Federation, on 29-31 August. The Conference was jointly organised by UN ESCAP, China Electricity Council and Melentiev Energy Systems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The event brings together key stakeholders of the region, including China, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea and Russian Federation, as well as international organisations such...

The Energy Charter Secretary General welcomed the contribution of Ms Margarita Nieves Zárate from Colombia, a former seconded expert, for reproducing the article published in “Clean Energy - Law and Regulation - Climate Change, Energy Union, and International Governance” edited by Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor in 2017. The article “The relevance of the Energy Charter to develop renewable energies in Latin America” reflects the realities of interactions between the Energy Charter Process and Latin...

The International Energy Charter  accepted the joint invitation by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Japan and Mozambique Mr. Taro Kono and Mr. Oldemiro Júlio Marques Baloi respectively to attend the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) held on 24-25 August 2017 in Maputo. The Ministerial Meeting was formally opened by the President of Mozambique Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. TICAD co-organisers were the African Union, the UN, the UNDP and the World Bank.

On 28 August 2017, Belgium’s Director-General for Energy, Ms Nancy Mahieu at the Federal Public Service for Economy, received Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák. The Secretary General informed Ms Mahieu on the relocation of the Secretariat’s premises, the current developments in the Expansion of the Energy Charter Process and the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty, including its transit and investment protection provisions. In this context particular attention was given to...

On 21-24 August 2017, the International Energy Charter contributed to the second edition of the summer EuroSchool organised by EU Neighbours East project responsible for the 5th component of the EU4Energy Programme. This dialogue-driven and interactive activity was initiated by the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan in the framework of the -Young European Neighbours- network. The aim was to raise further awareness about the European Union with a special focus on energy.

On 11 August 2017, the Republic of The Gambia joined as a signatory of the International Energy Charter and was granted observer status to the Energy Charter Conference. The political approval and confirmation by the Government of The Gambia’s membership was received by Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Mr M. O. Nije.

On 22 August 2017, in the run-up to the formation of a new Dutch government, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák visited the Netherlands. A high-level meeting was held with Sandor Gaastra, Director-General for Energy, Telecommunications and Competition, and representatives of the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs. 

At the request of the Government of Turkmenistan, the Concluding Document of the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum «Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy Resources» was released in the official languages of the United Nations as an official document of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly and thereby circulated among all UN Member States.

On the 10 July 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat received formal conformation that Mr Jambulat Sarsenov has been re-appointed as Special Envoy of the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák. Mr Sarsenov, is Vice Chairman of the KAZENERGY Association and previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference in 2013 and 2014. 

Kazakhstan is under the spotlight this year as it hosts the International Exposition, also known as “Expo 2017”. The country has chosen “Future Energy” as the overarching theme for this world event. Thus, until September 2017, the Kazakh capital Astana is a global forum where the main question being debated is: “How do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions?” Issues being raised include international cooperation, technology transfer and energy invest...

In the context of the EU Technical Assistance Facility for SE4All Initiative, the Energy Charter Secretariat accepted an invitation to participate in the “SADC High-Level Ministerial Workshop and Energy Investment Forum” that took place on 12-13 July 2017 in Swaziland, the country that currently holds the SADC Chairmanship. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community comprising of 15 Member States in Southern Africa dedicated to development, peace,...

On 12 July 2017, during the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák chaired the session "Global Midstream Strategies" with executives from India's Oil Corporation, BOTAS, Sonatrach and CLH Group.

On 11 July 2017, a delegation from the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels in order to explore avenues of cooperation between GEIDCO and the International Energy Charter. GEIDCO, is a China based organisation that supports firms and institutions in order to promote the sustainable development of energy on a large scale.