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The Director-General signs a Memorandum of Intention on the establishment of an International Centre for Information and Analysis on Sustainable Energy Development with the Russian Minister for Industry and Energy

The Director-General signs a Memorandum of Intention on the establishment of an International Centre for Information and Analysis on Sustainable Energy Development with the Russian Minister for Industry and Energy
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On 10 July 2006, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, signed a Memorandum of Intention on the establishment of an International Centre for Information and Analysis on Sustainable Energy Development with Mr Viktor Khristenko, Minister for Industry and Energy of the Russian Federation. Ambassador Kalamanov, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, was present on this occasion.

This ceremony took place on the eve of the forthcoming G8 Summit to be held in St. Petersburg (15 - 17 July 2006), where energy and energy security will be among the priority subjects on the agenda.

The aim of the Centre is to exchange information and experience on the scientific, technical and cultural aspects of sustainable energy development, including renewable energy, at the international, regional and national levels. It will also enable the Russian Federation to benefit from the experience of the international community in the field of analysis, research and independent evaluation, helping to ensure that the development of the Russian Federation’s energy potential contributes to sustainable energy development throughout the world.

Minister Khristenko underlined the importance that the Russian Federation attaches to energy issues, which he felt need to be addressed at the global level. He saw the establishment of the Centre as an important step in this direction

The Director-General reiterated UNESCO’s commitment to sustainable development and renewable energy sources, and referred to the Organization’s past engagement in the field. In particular, he mentioned the UNESCO Regional Ministerial Conference on “The strategic Role of Renewable Energy in Sustainable Development in Central Asia”, which had been held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in May 2006.

Expressing UNESCO’s readiness to cooperate on this important and timely initiative, the Director-General explained to the Minister the rules and procedures for the establishment of the Centre as a category II institution. These require that a feasibility study is undertaken before the project is submitted for approval to UNESCO’s governing bodies. He also suggested that a UNESCO/Russian working group, co-chaired by the Deputy Minister for Industry and Energy of the Russian Federation and Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences be set up to do the necessary groundwork.

  • Auteur(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash info n°114-2006
  • 11-07-2006
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