The Meeting was organised in three Sessions over one and half days. The second day was dedicated to the Ministerial Session, open also to international organisations and the business sector, and discussed the topics of the relevance of the Energy Charter Process to global challenges, mainly vis-à-vis its potential contributions to sustainable development and global efforts on climate change for Asia and Africa.
In the first part of the Ministerial Conference ministers and heads of delegations of Members and Observers of the Energy Charter Conference addressed this theme. The second part of the Ministerial Session allowed for CEOs of energy industry enterprises to present their views.
The Energy Charter Conference is the governing and decision-making body for the Energy Charter Process, and was established by the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty.
All states or Regional Economic International Organisations who have signed or acceded to the Treaty are members of the Conference, which meets on a regular basis to discuss issues affecting energy cooperation among the Treaty's signatories, to review the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty and the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects, and to consider possible new instruments and joint activities within the Energy Charter framework.
Since 1 January 2016, the Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference is Mr Fumio Kishida, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. In 2017, Turkmenistan will chair the Energy Charter Conference, followed, in 2018 by Romania.