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.