Executive Secretary elevates Asia-Pacific's clean energy transition in mission to the Russian Federation

2 Oct 2019

ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana traveled to the Russian Federation from 1 to 2 October to participate in the Russian Energy Forum and hold bilateral meetings with government representatives.

At the Forum, Ms. Alisjahbana engaged in two panels bringing visibility to Asia-Pacific's transition to renewable energy sources. During a session discussing opportunities for natural gas, she highlighted its potential as a bridge to clean alternative energy and its contribution to emissions reductions in the region. On a panel discussing the challenges of maintaining renewable energy growth rates, the Executive Secretary emphasized that increasing shares of clean energy will require significant investment, particularly from the private sector. Ms. Alisjahbana reiterated the importance of political will, sound policies and regional cooperation in support of sustainable energy to continue growing Asia-Pacific economies.

On the sidelines of the Forum, she met with Foreign Minister HE Sergey Lavrov to discuss continuing cooperation and support between ESCAP and the Russian Federation.

She also met with Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency Francesco La Camera to discuss IRENA's expertise relevant to ESCAP member States, especially in formulating and implementing innovative renewable energy policies.

Finally, Ms. Alisjahbana met with President of the Russian Federation HE Vladimir Putin, marking high-level commitment to ESCAP’s work in the region and mutual recognition of sustainable energy goals.