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The 27th Energy Charter Conference starts in Tokyo

The 27th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference is being held on 25-26 November in Tokyo under the Chairmanship of Japan and thanks to the kind invitation of Mr Fumio Kishida, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is the Conference Chairman.

The Meeting has been organised in three Sessions over one and half days. In the morning of Friday 25 November, the Statutory Session, open only to members and observers of the Energy Charter Conference, was held and discussed the internal work of the Energy Charter. There was an evaluation of the results achieved this year as well as an outline of the activities and challenges for the coming years.

In the afternoon, an Outreach Event entitled "Global Energy Architecture and its Implications in Asia" followed. This event brought together non-observer countries and other international organisations and discussed the issues of strengthening energy security by better mobilisation of global energy architecture, addressing climate change and its implications in Asia as well as challenges and opportunities for better global energy future. The main objective of this event was to create a forum for interested countries to discuss the potential and benefits of a multilateral global energy architecture.

The 27th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference continues with the third, Ministerial Session on Saturday 26 November 2016.


Background

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.

Energy Charter Conference Statutory Session

Outreach Event "Global Energy Architecture and its Implications in Asia"

Outreach Event "Global Energy Architecture and its Implications in Asia"