GECF and United Nations Organization Are Set to Expand Cooperation
Today the GECF Secretary General had a working meeting with Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, who assumed the office in June this year. Generally saying, the discussion aimed at paving the ways for further extension of cooperation between the two international governmental organizations.
To start the authorities exchanged the views on the situation at global energy market, and its implications on the system of international relations. To this extent, Dr. Sentyurin introduced the latest findings and major figures from the 2019 edition of the GECF Global Gas Outlook, which is expected to be launched in early 2020.
In the development of his introductory remarks, Secretary General highly praised the UN’s decisive role when it comes to identifying the priorities of global agenda and facilitating positive development across the globe. Given to this, he stressed, the Forum has always actively participated in the UN agencies’ activities.
For years the GECF’s analysts has been sharing the organization’s expertise at the UNECE Group of Experts on Gas meetings. By this way the Forum makes a tribute to the global pursuit towards less carbon-intensive energy systems and advocating the credentials of natural gas as the cleanest fossil fuel.
As a positive development of the GECF’s eco-edeavours, in December 2018 the Forum was acknowledged as an Observer International Organization to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Which ultimately gave new start to its capacity as a foremost energy organization, that is committed to natural gas as a part of solution for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
On a higher note, topics of sustainability, ecology-related activities, and clean fuel sources embraced the discussion, meanwhile reflecting the priority areas for the both organizations. The participants agreed, that these topics imply both the main concern, and the most exciting opportunities at the global scale. In this regard the UN authority has invited the GECF to increase its participation in the scope of initiatives and projects, aimed at to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’ achievement.
Apart from that, the GECF Secretary General has briefed Director-General on the Forum’s gradually enhancing cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He paid specific attention to the promotion of the Rigs-to-Reef approach, which serves to protection and restoration of ocean ecosystems via usage of decommissioned oil and gas offshore platforms.
Commenting on the topic, Ms. Valovaya highly recommended to the GECF leadership to enter in cooperation with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – the permanent intergovernmental body, which supports developing countries throughout greater economic integration through providing analysis, facilitating consensus-building, and offer technical assistance.
Director-General has also examined possibilities of the GECF engagement into the UN General Assembly performance, which could inaugurate a new performance horizon for the Forum as an intergovernmental coalition.
In the conclusion, Secretary General reiterated his congratulations to the Director-General on occasion of her recent appointment and expressed a confidence, that under Ms. Valovaya’s able leadership the UN Office in Geneva will comprehensively serve to its challenging and responsible mission. In addition to this, Dr. Sentyurin placed sincere hope on the continuous fruitful cooperation and benevolent relations between the both entities for the benefit of global sustainable development.