Session 1 of the e-Forum has been concluded and registration is now closed. This site will be open for new registrations once the dates of the next session are announced.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SESSION 1

  • The draft summary of discussions of the first session will be available to registered participants by 26 July 2011.
  • The final summary of the first session will be posted here by 31 July 2011.
  • All discussion notes for the first session can be downloaded by clicking the titles in the Programme below.

PROGRAMME of Session 1 of the e-Forum

Programme Moderator
Opening session
Monday-Tuesday,
4-5 July
Energy security challenges for Asia and the Pacific Mr. K V Ramani, UN-ESCAP
 
Theme 1: Coping with energy price shocks
Wednesday, 6 July Short and medium term options for energy security Mr. K V Ramani, UN-ESCAP
Thursday, 7 July Long term options for energy security Prof. Peter Hills University of Hong Kong
Friday, 8 July Protecting the poor from energy price shocks Dr. Govind Kelkar, UN-Women
 
Theme 2: Regional and subregional connectivity
Saturday-Sunday,
9-10 July
Regional and subregional energy connectivity in non-conventional energy resources and technologies Mr. R. Alexander Roehrl, UN-DESA
Monday, 11 July Regional and subregional energy connectivity in conventional energy resources and technologies Prof. Leonid Grigoriev, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
 
Theme 3: Increasing the affordability of renewable energy and energy efficiency options
Tuesday, 12 July Improving the affordability of renewable energy options Dr. Roger Raufer, University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, 13 July Improving the affordability of energy efficiency options Prof. Hi-Chun Park, Inha University
Thursday,14 July Energy affordability and household energy security Prof. Joy Clancy, ENERGIA
 
Discussions follow-up
Friday-Tuesday,
15-19 July
Summary of e-Forum - Mr. K V Ramani, UN-ESCAP  

Background information:

Launched during the 67th Commission Session of ESCAP, the Electronic Forum (e-Forum) on "Energy Security in Asia and the Pacific" is intended to facilitate the exchange of opinions and ideas on strategies to strengthen the energy security of Asia-Pacific countries through regional and subregional cooperation. It is a first-of-its-kind regional initiative to establish a continuing dialogue on one of the most critical development challenges for Asia and the Pacific to sustain economic growth, eradicate poverty and achieve the MDGs in harmony with the environment.

The e-Forum follows up on resolutions of ESCAP member States at their 63rd, 64th, 65th and 67th Sessions of the Commission calling for closer cooperation on energy security and sustainble energy in Asia and the Pacific. Recent developments around the world lend urgency to such cooperation. The fresh surge in oil prices, geopolitical developments in the Middle-East, and the nuclear disaster in Japan are among factors that have created new uncertainties over the regionís energy future. They have serious implications for the regionís recovery from the global economic crisis of 2008 and its efforts to overcome unacceptable levels of energy deprivation among its poor.

The central aim of the e-Forum is to facilitate a transition from the present fossil fuel-intensive energy structure of the region towards a more sustainable technology-intensive one that uses scarce energy resources frugally and efficiently, while taking increasing advantage of technological innovations and practices centred on non-fossil options. The first Electronic Forum has been held during 4-15 July 2011. It was focused on three main themes:

  1. coping with energy price shocks,
  2. increasing the affordability of renewable energy and energy efficiency options, and
  3. enhancing regional and subregional energy connectivity.

Discussion at the e-Forum has been moderated by a group of regional and international experts. The outcomes of the exercise will be reflected in one or more policy documents which will aid further consultations with decision makers and key stakeholders in ESCAP member States.