Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nauru, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, the Russian Federation, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom are right now onboard as the global champions for the High-Level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) which will take place during the general assembly week in 2021. HLDE is convened as the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the UN General Assembly since the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy in 1981.
These member states will also look into mobilizing voluntary commitments in the form of Energy Compacts that the Member States, businesses, cities, and other stakeholders will present for the High-level Dialogue. Global Champions will also co-host a series of ministerial-level thematic forums which are oriented towards creating more awareness as well as attracting other member states for further ambitious commitments in the energy transition.
The high-level dialogue is structured with five thematic and technical working groups. 1) energy access; 2) energy transition; and 3) enabling the SDGs through inclusive, just energy transitions, 4) innovation, technology, and data; and 5) finance and investment. The first three thematics will focus on advancing substantive progress on each technical area, and the final two thematics will be focussed on the cross-cutting subjects. The member states have taken up different thematics to focus on, as the reports from the technical working groups will feed into the ministerial forums.
Energy Access: China, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Netherlands, Russian Federation
Energy Transition: Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Nigeria, Spain, United Kingdom
Enabling SDGs through inclusive, just energy transitions: Iceland, Nauru, Panama, United Arab Emirates
Innovation, technology, and data: Mauritius, Morocco Russian Federation
Finance and investment: Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Pakistan
We expect to see further strengthening of the groups as more member states join the process as global champions in the next two weeks. Most importantly there are key engagements of youth at the technical working groups that were announced a few weeks back. We will continue to strive for more spaces for young practitioners in energy spaces at the global level.