The Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF 2013)
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is convening the Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF 2013) to promote regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy. APEF 2013 is the first ministerial conference of its kind to bring together 62 member states and associate members from the Asia-Pacific region on energy. It is expected that a Ministerial Declaration and Regional Plan of Action will be agreed, addressing energy issues from access, efficiency and renewables to connectivity and trade, within the overall context of sustainable development and in connection with the UN SG's global initiative, Sustainable Energy for All. To prepare, an extensive preparatory process has taken place since mid-2012, building up to the main event in May. The Russian Federation is supporting the preparatory process and will host APEF 2013.