Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, 6 September 2012 – On September 12-14, more than 150 people will gather in Kyrgyzstan (Issyk-Kul lake) to discuss issues of using energy for sustainable development. High level government official of Central Asian and other countries, experts, representatives of international organizations, financial institutions, investment companies will come together to discuss progress and gaps in policies on the way to provide cleaner energy and improving energy efficiency. The forum is within the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All declared by the UN General Assembly.
The “Third International Forum: Energy for Sustainable Development. Capacity building for energy efficiency and access to cleaner energy in Central Asia and neighbouring regions” is organized as a follow up to two similar international forums held in Astana, Kazakhstan (2010) and Dushanbe, Tajikistan (2011). It is aimed at reaffirming previous commitments to sustainable energy and discuss progress in implementation of policies to facilitate market formation in energy efficiency (EE) and provide access to cleaner energy.
Discussions will focus around four major topics:
- sustainable energy in Central Asia and neighbouring regions: current status, barriers and opportunities as well as the role of the Governments and public sector in creating favourable environment for sustainable energy promotion;
- energy efficiency in buildings and the housing sector: challenges, success cases and opportunities,
- investments in energy efficiency and cleaner energy: ways to finance energy efficiency and cleaner energy projects;
- the role of the private sector in promoting cleaner energy options in Central Asia and neighbouring regions.
By the end of the forum, participants are expected to issue a joint statement on the critical role that international cooperation can play in promoting energy efficiency and access to cleaner energy.
The forum is a joint initiative of the Kyrgyz Republic Government, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF).
For more information, visit: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=29476