A new edition of the Chinese translation of the Energy Charter Treaty was released today by the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of China. This new translation reflects all the latest amendments to the Treaty; it will allow the expert community to analyse the benefits of the ECT in the context of the Chinese government's consideration of adopting the newly negotiated International Energy Charter. China was among the eighty countries who had negotiated the text of this political declaration throughout 2014. The International Energy Charter will be signed in May 2015 in The Hague under the patronage of the government of the Netherlands.
During his visit to Muscat, Secretary General Urban Rusnák had a series of high-level meetings with the Omani authorities. Dr. Rusnák's meeting with H.E. Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, focused on the global role of the Energy Charter Process and the implementation of the organisation's expansion and outreach policy. The parties specifically discussed the International Energy Charter to be signed in May 2015 and its impact on the rules and practices in the global energy sector.
On 12-15 January 2015 the Energy Charter Secretariat together with UNCTAD and the Islamic Development Bank Group held a highly successful training course on International Investment Agreements in Casablanca, Morocco. The course targeted policymakers and negotiators dealing with investment from the MENA region. The general objective of the training course was to deepen the participants' understanding of international investment agreements, to identify and examine key issues, problems and interests of involved parties and to ensure that such agreements address sustainable development concerns.
The role of renewable energy in energy security was the topic of the Ministerial Roundtable, which took place on 18 January 2015 during the 5th IRENA General Assembly in Abu Dhabi. Ministers and high-level officials from more than 50 delegations discussed how to better integrate renewables into existing and new energy security policies, taking careful considerations to ensure reliability, resilience and quality of national energy systems. During the debate, the role of the Energy Charter Treaty was highlighted as a instrument to ensure a favourable investment climate and a fair regulatory framework for renewable energy investment.