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New UN Energy Portal Launched For Asia Pacific

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BANGKOK: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched an innovative new online portal   that will provide unprecedented access to information on the energy policies of countries in Asia and the Pacific, and advance the sustainable energy agenda in the region. The  Asia  Pacific Energy Portal, offers member  States  powerful tools,   including   highly  interactive  data visualizations  that  enable  rapid trends identification as well as policy tracking  and search. The unique combination of data and policy information in  one  application  will  help  improve analysis of the energy situation, policies and their development impact.

Alongside the portal, ESCAP also launched the first annual Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The Report  provides  an  additional  platform for member States to share their experiences through case studies regarding the energy sector and its future development.

Launching the report and the portal on the sidelines of the 71st Commission session in  Bangkok,  Dr.  Shamshad  Akhtar,  United  Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP explained that the report  and  the  portal  are part of the three pillars of the Asia Pacific Energy  Forum  (APEF)  Implementation  Support Mechanism set up by ESCAP in 2013.  The  third  pillar  is  an annual Policy Dialogue, which met for the first time in 2014.

“The  portal  will  continue to evolve to further expand the knowledge base supporting  both  the  regional  and global agendas such as the Sustainable Energy  for All initiative and the sustainable development goals,” said Dr. Akhtar. “Future development will include incorporation of more data and the creation  of energy resource and infrastructure maps. The portal could also be  linked  in  the future with the regional data repository on Sustainable Energy for All in the Pacific.”

Dr. Akhtar emphasized that APEF and its outcome documents demonstrate the commitment  of  ESCAP  member States to cooperate on a common energy agenda that  seeks a cleaner, more efficient, equitable, and secure energy future. “ESCAP  is committed to support member State cooperation on a common energy agenda for shared prosperity, social equity and sustainability,” she added.