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Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific

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This publication is the theme study for the 73rd session of commission to be held in May 2017. The main purpose of the publication is to call on policymakers in Asia and the Pacific for urgent actions to transition national energy sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly Goal 7. The energy sector transition is the only way to address the sizeable energy deficit which impede progress in energy access in a number of member countries. It will also address gaps between current commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change and lack of coherent energy strategic and policy frameworks and actions held back progress of SDG7.

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Regional cooperation for sustainable energy

Stronger and deeper regional energy cooperation can greatly contribute to the implementation of the 2030 agenda. Despite the enormous potential benefits, regional cooperation is proceeding at a relatively slow pace because of the need for stronger political will and greater mutual trust among countries, and, often, lack of capital investment (Lee, 2003). Currently, regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific has come mainly from subregional groups dealing with trade, transport, ICT and socioeconomic cooperation. Regional cooperation on energy is a relatively new area, which is gaining more and more attention from different subregions.

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