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International Energy Charter contributes to high-level debate on energy in Abu Dhabi

The 5th Abu Dhabi Strategic Dialogue (ADSD) took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 11-12 November 2018, with the Energy Charter Secretariat contributing to the energy components of these high-level public discussions. The ADSD is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE and the Emirates Policy Centre, and gathers several hundred experts and decision makers from the Gulf region and further abroad in order to deliberate over the strategic evolution of the Gulf region. The UAE is an Observer of the Energy Charter Conference. The debate is typically opened by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the UAE, Dr Anwar Gargash. Many of the ensuing panels organised within the framework of the high-level ADSD address topics where the energy agenda is central to the core themes of the debate. 

In his address to the ADSD, Dr Marat Terterov of the Secretariat’s Knowledge Centre Unit told participants that energy security tensions at the global level have subsided further to the onset of the ‘Shale Revolution’ in the United States. The great dilemma of our time, however, he added, is how to diversify and optimise the global energy balance, so that the world’s demand for primary energy supply could be met on the one hand, while we also strive to meet the overarching objectives of climate change mitigation and sustainability on the other. The UAE, as a leading producer of conventional fossil-based energy supplies, is increasingly placing itself at the centre of international debates on energy, climate, de-carbonsation and the energy transition. During his short visit to Abu Dhabi, Dr Terterov also met with senior UAE energy officials in order to discuss the onward evolution of relations between the UAE and the Energy Charter Process, as well as a range of energy company representatives.