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On 11 August 2021, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Head of the Mission to the EU, H.E. Mr Od Och met with the Secretary-General of the International Energy Charter, Mr Urban Rusnák.

The Energy Charter Secretariat is proud to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding with the Brussels Diplomatic Academy (DBA) has been signed. 

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy of the the Vrije Universiteit Brussel specializes in post graduate education in economic diplomacy, international trade and investment. 

During his visit to Uzbekistan on 15-17 July 2021, Secretary-General Urban Rusnak participated in the high-level international conference Central and South Asia: regional connectivity. Challenges and opportunities. He presented his view about energy transit and connectivity at the panel session dedicated to the Trade and Transport Connectivity for Sustainable Growth in Central and South Asia.

The Energy Charter Secretariat congratulates Mr Tigran Zakaryan on the successful completion of his secondment programme. Mr Zakaryan has managed to implement all planned activities and prepared the Report on the implementation of Stage I of the International Energy Charter Investment Facilitation Toolbox (IEC IFT) in Armenia.

On 6-9 July 2021, the Sixth Negotiation Round on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was held by videoconference.

The following topics were addressed:

• Pre-investment

• Regional Economic Integration Organization (REIO)

• Obsolete provisions

• Definition of Economic Activity in the Energy Sector

• Investment protection provisions

On 30 June 2021, the Secretariat contributed to the online workshop "Strengthening national capacity in applying sustainable energy policies and practices based on the recommendations of the Environmental Performance Reviews" that was jointly organised by the Environment and Sustainable Energy Divisions of UNECE. The workshop's goal was to foster the dialogue, share and exchange successful experiences in addressing energy issues, identify and discuss solutions to overcome challenges and barriers...

On 22 June 2021, at the Milli Mejlis, the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, discussed the Draft Law 'On the Rational Use of Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency' that was developed with the technical assistance of the Energy Charter Secretariat within the EU4Energy project.

On 22-23 June 2021, the Energy Charter Secretariat took part in the 4th ECO High-Level Experts Group Meeting. The meeting was virtually hosted by the Republic of Azerbaijan and attended by the delegates from Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

As a follow-up to the Yerevan International Energy Charter Forum "Facilitating Energy Infrastructure for Sustainable Development" that took place on 16 June 2021, the Armenian Government and the Energy Charter Secretariat attempted to evaluate and quantify some preliminary results of the joint work over the last years and the ongoing cooperation within the Armenian Chairmanship in 2021.

On Wednesday, 16 June 2021 the high-level Yerevan International Energy Charter Forum took place online discussing the topic “Facilitating Energy Infrastructure for Sustainable Development”. The Forum was jointly organized and hosted by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia and the International Energy Charter.

On 9-10 June 2021, the Energy Charter Secretariat’s Knowledge Centre participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable and Clean Energy in North and Central Asia under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

The Energy Charter Secretariat has published the Annual Report for 2020. The Report summarises the activities throughout the year and highlights the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference.

On 1-4 June 2021, the Fifth Negotiation Round on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was held by videoconference.

Today, the 20 May 2021 the Secretary-General of the International Energy Charter, Mr. Urban Rusnák, received the newly appointed Head of the Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the European Union, H.E. Mr. Margulan Baimukhan.

The National Energy Summit of Nigeria, postponed by over a year due to the Corona virus pandemic, took place in Abuja, Nigeria, over two long days on April 13-14, 2021. The Summit was organized by the government of Nigeria, namely by the Energy Commission of Nigeria, with the support of the Energy Charter Secretariat.