The 27th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference (Overview and Evaluation)
(1) Japan hosted the Energy Charter Conference in East Asia for the first time and invited some new Asian and African countries and organizations as an outreaching party as well as the members and observers of the Conference. With attendance of 69 countries and regions and 9 international organisations including new 9 parties, Tokyo Conference contributed to increasing the awareness the Energy Charter in the Asian and African regions and to universalizing the Energy Charter Process in these regions.
(2) During the Japanese Chairmanship, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegal and Rwanda signed the International Energy Charter. In addition, at the margin of Tokyo Conference, Iran, Guatemala, Iraq and three African regional organizations signed the Charter in Tokyo and Yemen has completed the accession process of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which means that Japan contributed to advancing robustly the Energy Charter Process and to expanding the Process in a geographic context.
(3) As the Chair’s initiative, Japan issued the “Tokyo Declaration on the Energy Charter” based on the discussion among the members. The Tokyo Declaration affirmed that the ECT contributes to strengthening rule of law and to improving the business environment in energy field and also the importance of promoting appropriate and sustained energy investments and quality infrastructure investments are reiterated. Japan contributed greatly the discussion on roles of the Energy Charter and the way forward.
(4) Through the outreach side-event and the welcome reception, Japan encouraged understanding of the relevance and use of the ECT to the Japanese companies in order to promote oversea energy investment by these companies.
Friday 25 November 2016
|14:00-16:45||:||Outreach Side Event: “Global Energy Architecture and its Implications in Asia”|
|14:00-14:05||:||Opening Remarks by Mr. Motome Takisawa, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan|
|14:05-14:20||:||Keynote Speech by Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General, Energy Charter Secretariat|
|14:20-14:35||:||Keynote Speech by Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum|
|14:45-15:45||:||Session 1: Panel Discussion “How to strengthen Energy Security by better mobilizing global energy architecture while addressing climate change: Implication and Future Prospects in Asia”|
|15:45-16:40||:||Session 2: Panel Discussion “Global Energy Architecture for better global energy future: Challenges and Opportunities”|
|16:40-16:45||:||Closing remarks and closing session|
|17:45-19:00||:||Welcome Reception hosted by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan|
|:||Signing ceremony of the International Energy Charter|
|Remarks by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan|
Saturday 26 November 2016
|09:15-10:00||:||Welcome and Opening Session|
|Opening remarks by Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan|
|10:30-11:40||:||Plenary Session 1 “How can the Energy Charter contribute to global climate change and sustainable development including energy access?”|
|14:00-15:20||:||Plenary Session 2 “What kind of roles the Energy Charter can play to address global energy challenges with views of Asian and African emerging countries?”|