People's Daily app:China's global vision on energy recognized at UN forum

New York (People's Daily) - Global Energy Interconnection (GEI), a policy brief submitted by Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), has been officially included in the policy briefs of the UN high-level political forum recently.

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This was the third year in a row that GEI has been included in the policy briefs of the forum.

The thematic session on energy of the 2020 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was held on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York City. At the meeting, the Policy Briefs on Accelerating SDG7 Achievement in the Time of COVID-19 was released. 

Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 26, 2015, the Global Energy Interconnection is a vision to form a modern energy system that is dominated by clean energy, centers on electricity, and features connectivity, joint contribution and benefit sharing.

GEI's aim is to make sustainable energy accessible to all, eradicate poverty and hunger, reduce regional gap, facilitate South-South and North-South cooperation, so as to usher in a new global development landscape marked by green and low carbon development, peace and harmony, and common prosperity.

Launched in March 2016 with its headquarters in Beijing, China, the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization is a non-profit international organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable development of energy worldwide. 

The policy brief submitted by GEIDCO this year was expected to provide guidance and reference for UN member states to push for the SDG7 achievement. 

In the policy brief titled "Building Global Energy Interconnection and Strengthening Interlinkages with the SDGs", GEIDCO put forward that GEI could facilitate the overall development and global allocation of energy resources through infrastructure connectivity to secure energy supply, achieve clean electricity interconnections to advance regional economic and social development, tackle climate change and environment sustainability.

GEIDCO recommended mobilizing nations to include regional grid development as a vital component of green stimulus plans within the overall economic recovery work.

It was also recommended in the policy brief to establish work mechanisms at the level of the United Nations to support GEI development and establish regional cooperation centers around the globe at the level of the United Nations to support R&D and implementation of GEI plans.

The policy recommendations have been recognized by numerous UN commissions.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has clearly identified GEIDCO as its important partner and supporting institution in its regional policy recommendations.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) have also incorporated the concept of clean energy development and grid interconnection put forward by GEIDCO into their regional policy recommendations. 

Under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, a high-level political forum is held every July in New York to discuss the progress made in pushing for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year's forum is held online from July 7 to 16, with a three-day ministerial meeting starting from July 14.

The policy brief is an important reference material for the forum. Against such a special backdrop when countries around the world are struggling with the virus, the report aims to provide practical recommendations for countries to press ahead their post-pandemic economic and social recovery.