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United Nations Forum, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 17-18 December 2007

United Nations Forum on Energy Efficiency and Energy Security for Sustainable Development: Taking Collaborative Action on Climate Change

17-18 December 2007
Seoul, Republic of Korea

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The need to provide adequate, sustainable, and environmentally sound supplies of energy to fuel global economic growth has created an imperative for greater international cooperation to increase efficiencies in energy production and use. Strategies that emphasize energy efficiency can offer not only economic advantages but also social and environmental co-benefits. Local, national, regional and global policies that promote investments in energy efficiency can make significant contributions to providing energy for sustainable development and avoiding dangerous interference in the climate system.

Many energy efficient technologies and processes are available in different economic sectors, including power generation, industries and manufacturing, construction and buildings, household electrical appliances, as well as in transportation systems. However, international information sharing on energy efficient technologies and on national policies to effectively promote their dissemination and application has remained comparatively limited.

gainst this backdrop, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) and the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) have co-organized the international expert group meeting which provided a platform for wider information and experience sharing, in particular among participants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The meeting has brought together government officials, experts from energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation centers, environmental experts, international organizations, financial institutions and representatives from industry and other stakeholders.