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International Energy Charter contributes to the First EU-Central Asia Economic Forum and organizes a high-level side event on transition to sustainable energy

On 4 November 2021 in Bishkek, the Energy Charter Secretariat, in cooperation with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Energy and Industry and UNDP Kyrgyzstan, organised a high-level side event on “Promoting sustainable energy and energy transition in Central Asia” on the margins of the EU-Central Asia Forum. The Minister of Energy and Industry Mr Doskul Bekmurzaev, Energy Charter Deputy Secretary-General Ms Atsuko Hirose, UNDP Regional Team Leader for Nature, Climate and Energy Ms Laura Altinger and Member of the Kyrgyz Parliament addressed the participants in the opening session.

High-level speakers in Panel 1, including Deputy Ministers of Energy from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and experts from the Turkmen Ministry of Energy, provided an update on sustainable energy development in the respective countries. They addressed the challenges the countries and the region are facing on the way to the energy transition. Substantial discussions on regional energy cooperation, connectivity and market integration, clean energy technologies and frameworks continued in the following panels with the contributions from experts representing regional and international organisations and the private sector. The outcomes of the discussion were summarised in the concluding document adopted by the meeting participants.

On 5 November, Ms Atsuko Hirose, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Energy Charter, participated in the EU-Central Asia Economic Forum and contributed to the thematic session “Transitioning to a green, sustainable, climate and ecological friendly-neutral economy”. In her intervention, Ms Hirose stressed the importance of international energy cooperation in attaining the goals of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda and objectives of the Paris Agreement. She also shared the discussion conclusions held during the high-level side event on 4 November, which recommended establishing a dedicated platform for energy dialogue under the auspices of the EU-Central Asia Economic Forum.