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The 32nd Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference held under the Chairmanship of Armenia

On 14 December 2021, more than 30 Contracting Parties to the Energy Charter Treaty convened for the 32nd Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, the governing and decision-making body for the Energy Charter Process.

The Meeting of the Conference was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first part of the Statutory Session was mostly devoted to the budget and programme of work for 2022-2023, as well as the main priorities in 2021: modernisation of the Treaty and implementation of the Conclusions of the 2019 Review.

The second part of the Statutory Session, which was open to all Members and Observers to the Conference, was dedicated to the report and future outlook of the Secretary-General, as well as the reports of the subsidiary bodies and Working Groups of the Conference and the Industry Advisory Panel.

High-level speakers, including Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Honourable Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Nigeria, H.E. Yasushi Masaki, Ambassador of Japan to the European Union, Mr. Jingdong Ren, Vice Administrator, National Energy Administration of China (by video-message) made their interventions during the session on the Exchange of views by Members and Observers of the Energy Charter Conference. The session was also attended by international and regional organizations represented by Amb. Huseyin Avni Bıcakli, Deputy Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organization and Amb. Traian Chebeleu, Deputy Secretary-General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

Energy Charter Award

At the 32nd Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, HE Mr Gnel Sanosyan delivered the Energy Charter Award for 2021. The award was presented to the Legal Team of the Energy Charter Secretariat for its outstanding work, professionalism and efforts in the modernisation process of the Energy Charter Treaty.