The Energy Charter Conference held its 27th Meeting on 25-26 November 2016 in Tokyo under the Chairmanship of Japan and the kind invitation of the Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference, Mr Fumio Kishida, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.
After its conception 25 years ago, the Energy Charter Conference took place for the first time in East Asia. This is a milestone recognising the increasing importance of the Asian region in the global energy landscape and also the role of the International Energy Charter as a universal regulatory framework for energy investment, cross-border trade, transit and energy efficiency. The relevance of the Energy Charter Process to global challenges was the topic of the ministerial conference in Tokyo. The goal of universal energy access under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the commitment to a low-carbon economy expressed in the Paris Agreement require, as stressed by the G20, continued investment in energy projects and better regional interconnection. Moreover, the G20 endeavors to improve universal access to affordable, reliable, clean, sustainable and modern energy services in Sub-Saharan and Asia-Pacific regions, which are key areas of expansion and outreach of the International Energy Charter, as reflected in the conference programme.
Around 80 delegations participated, including a substantial number of participants at the ministerial and vice-ministerial levels.