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Dear member States, delegations and friends,

Following adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, the world continues to explore how to attain the sustainable development goals and other aspirational pledges such as the Paris Agreement on climate change. Meeting their pledges will require countries to pursue concerted and accelerated actions in their national programmes. Energy is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, from its role in the eradication of poverty through enabling development related to education, water supply and industrialization, to combating climate change.

Delivering the energy needed for sustainable development will require implementation of transformational strategies and policies in all countries. We therefore look forward to your contributions to addressing these challenges in the context of the Eighth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development that will take place in Astana in the framework of the EXPO 2017 “Future Energy”.

The Eighth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development (Eighth Forum) provides an opportunity to develop a common agenda for meeting future challenges. The Eighth Forum and the energy ministerial are about closing the gap between action and ambition quickly by advancing economically rational solutions that promote energy access while improving efficiency and reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector. The intent is to have ministers agree on a balanced set of options of what countries could do concretely and effectively. The nexus among energy and other key development challenges (e.g. water, food, health, education, and gender) suggests that numerous opportunities can arise from wider cross-sector perspectives and more holistic decision-making.

Recognizing the importance of sustainable energy for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Regional Commissions seek to spearhead regional efforts to support countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The United Nations Regional Commissions have the pleasure to invite you to contribute your experience and vision and look forward to welcoming you to the events on 11-14 June 2017, in Astana, Kazakhstan.


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