International forum on energy for sustainable development kicks off in Baku

Baku, October 18 AZERTAC

The 7th international forum on energy for sustainable development international conference on renewable energy has kicked off in Baku.

Addressing the event, Chairman of the State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy (ABOEMDA) Akim Badalov highlighted the importance of the Forum, saying that today the country celebrated the 25th anniversary of its state independence.

Deputy Energy Minister of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliev stressed the significance of the development of the sustainable and green energy for his country.

UN Resident Coordinator Ghulam Isaczai said different countries gave efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals.

It is jointly organized by the government of Azerbaijan, the United Nations Regional Commissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Azerbaijan, the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century.

The Forum has brought together international energy experts, government officials, and representatives from the business community, financial sector, academia and civil society to share prospects on how the SDGs can be implemented. It will also include an International Renewable Energy Conference and the annual sessions of the UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy and Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for the first time.

Among the planned parallel workshops are the Seminar on Policy Reforms for Renewable Energy Investments, the Workshop on Pathways to Sustainable Energy, the SPECA Thematic Working Group on Energy, Water and Environment, and the Workshop on the Role of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Renewable Energy Planning.

The Seventh Forum provides a unique opportunity to build upon the achievements of previous fora and develop a roadmap for what participants would like to achieve in the short- and medium-term about the energy-related SDGs.

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