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As of 1 January 2017 Turkmenistan assumes the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference. At its 27th session held in Tokyo, the Conference appointed Mr Yagshygeldy Kakaev (Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan) as the Chair of the Conference and the Vice-chairs - Mr Dovranmammed Redjepov, (Minister of Energy of Turkmenistan), Mr Mihnea Constantinescu, (Ambassador at Large for Energy Security, Romania) and Mr Kazuo Kodama, (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of...

The Jubilee Medal - 25 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan - was awarded by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan His Excellency Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev, to Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák.

As of 01 January 2017, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu has started his service as Vice Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference. His nomination was approved by the decision of the 27th session of Energy Charter Conference on 25 November 2016 in Tokyo.

On 19-20 January 2017 in Stockholm Sweden, the first day of the event kicked off with the premiere of the film “The Quiet Triumph”, which focused on the importance of international arbitration for peaceful resolution of disputes, and for facilitating global trade.

On 31 January 2017, Turkmenistan President Mr Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov met with Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák to discuss international energy cooperation and the joint activities within the Chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the Energy Charter Conference for 2017.

On 31 January 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák held a number of meetings with high-level Government officials of Turkmenistan to discuss the priorities of the Turkmenistan Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for 2017. 

On 26 January 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted the inaugural meeting of the Implementation Group, which resulted from the recent merging of the Investment Group, the Trade and Transit Group and the Energy Efficiency Group. 

The Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met Mr Francisco de la Flor, the Director of International Regulatory Affairs of Enagas, Spain, to discuss natural gas issues at national, regional and global levels on 24 January 2017.

Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with Pál Ságvári, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Hungary, on 24 January 2017 at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels.

Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with Ambassador of South Africa to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Mission to the European Union, Baso Sangqu, on 17 January in Brussels Belgium.

OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo and Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák recently met at the - the Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi - organized by the Atlantic Council, on 14-15 January.

On the 14-15 January 2017, Global leaders of the international energy community met in Abu Dhabi for the seventh session of the Assembly of IRENA , in which the International Energy Charter - represented by Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and expert Sarah Keay-Bright - took part under observer status. 

On the 12 January 2017, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák delivered an informative lecture at the International Energy Forum (IEF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and met with IEF Secretary General Dr Sun Xiansheng to discuss knowledge exchange and technical cooperation between both organisations.

The International Energy Charter was discussed at the latest meeting of the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) at the Uganda Parliament on 11 January 2017, in Kampala

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 14-15 December 2016 in Munich.