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Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific

image of Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific

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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Foreword

The transition to sustainable energy is a cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. Energy is a common thread that connects multiple areas of development for countries across the region. For countries at every stage of development, energy assumes a critical importance. Ready access to affordable energy is essential for both economic growth and social development. Energy powers industry, moves people and goods through the region and underpins key sectors such as healthcare, education and ICT. Our future prosperity and well-being hinges on the capacity to supply an increasing amount of energy that is affordable, accessible and reliable.

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