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COP28: Delegates seek insights for viable global energy transition

Over 70 delegates to the UN climate change conference on Tuesday convened in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to seek insights and solutions for an inclusive, just and resilient global energy transition.

Participants included  top Chinese climate envoy, senior UN officials and energy officials of Egypt and Malawi.

The energy gathering came as the climate talks at COP28, or the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), reached a stalemate over issues including energy transition.

Participants met on the sidelines of the ongoing UN climate Summit,  calling for further gathering wisdom and strength to advance the global energy transition.

“We stand at a critical juncture in our shared journey towards a just and inclusive energy transition.

“ It’s evident that this formidable task cannot be achieved by any single organisation or nation alone,’’ said Rola Dashti, the executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA).

She stressed that, with united endeavors, the energy sector can be “transitioned from a challenge to a solution to meet climate goals.’’

Addressing the gathering, China’s special envoy for climate change, Xie Zhenhua related thay wisdom and strength could be pooled to work out a solution to move beyond the stalemates toward energy transition goals.

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He added it should be a pragmatic and exemplary solution that can be shared and replicated.

The event was jointly held by the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organisation (GEIDCO), the UNFCCC secretariat, UNESCWA, and several other UN agencies.

Others include: China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and World Meteorological Organisation and others.

At the event, a research report on solutions and practices for inclusive, just and resilient energy transition was issued by GEIDCO.

Xin Baoan, the Executive Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China, said energy development is facing many challenges globally, such as huge pressure for energy supply and security, tough tasks in transforming traditional industries, and unbalanced regional development.

He recommended a systematic approach and a focus on correlations between security and transition, development and emission reduction, stocks and increments to advance high-quality energy transition.

The Beijing-based GEIDCO, established in 2016, is a China-proposed global energy body.

It now has 1,305 members from 142 countries, setting up seven regional offices globally and  the organisation has been promoting sustainable energy development worldwide with a focus on energy interconnection across regions.

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