On May 31, Liu Zhenya, Chairman of GEIDCO, met with Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikaman, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of UN-OHRLLS in Beijing. They exchanged ideas and reached important consensus on promptingthe implementation of "UN 2030 Agenda" and pushing for clean, sustainable development in the least developed countries.
Energy development is closely related to economic and social development, and energy issue has become the key factor hindering the development of the least developed countries, said Liu Zhenya. He added that GEI is an important platform for large-scale development, transmission, and utilization of clean energy worldwide. It will enable people around the world to share wind power, hydropower, solar power, and other forms of clean energy, tackle energy problems facing by 1 billion people in 47 least developed countries, and bring huge comprehensive benefits for economic growth and better livelihood. He expectedmore extensive and pragmatic cooperations with UN-OHRLLS, including the hydropower development of the lower reaches of Congo River, and other fields, seeking to promote sustainable economic and social development in the least developed countries.
The least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states are those most affected by energy shortage, climate change, environmental pollution, and other problems; to realize the goal of "UN 2030 Agenda", i.e., "no one should be left behind", it is imperative to push for clean energy transition and control the emission of greenhouse gas, so as to realize green, low-carbon and sustainable development, noted Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikaman. Currently, UN-OHRLLS is conducting research in energy supply and project financing for Malawi, a country in Africa, and plans to share the research with other least developed countries as a case study. UN-OHRLLS also hopes to maintain longstanding and stable cooperation with GEIDCO in joint research, information sharing, and etc., working together to facilitate the least developed countries in accessing modern and sustainable energy supply.
The full name of UN-OHRLLS is the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in New York, the key functions of UN-OHRLLS is to mobilize and coordinate all parts of the United Nations system as well as international support and resources, to assist the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing countries in pursuing sustainable development.