The Dubai Declaration of Energy for All: WEF

Dubai: World Energy Forum (WEF) 2012, held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, concluded today with the issuance of the following communique: “We, the heads of states and ministers of the United Nations member states, together with the representatives of international organizations, civil societies, academies and leaders from the private sector gathered at World Energy Forum 2012 during October 22-24. We commend the host country the United Arab Emirates for its Vision 2021 for a green economy, its emergence as a global champion for sustainable energy, responsible development and the efficient use of hydrocarbon resources and Dubai as a role model for its vision, innovations, and achievements in energy efficiency.

In recognition of the critical role that energy plays in human, economic, and social development: We hereby reaffirm our united commitment to the goal of delivering safe, accessible, and sustainable energy to all nations and peoples.

We recognise the need for national energy polices which reflect a harmonious global perspective so as to promote international collaboration between developed and developing nations.

We seek to promote policies that will implement structures and mechanisms by which developed nations may make and fulfil financial and technological commitments to alleviate energy poverty in developing nations.

We support the mobilization of expertise across borders in order to nurture the development of human capacity in a true spirit of pursuit of the common good of humanity.

We recognise the need for continuing role of responsible use of fossil fuels, while seeking the acceleration of an affordable transition to renewable energy, which we believe is critical for the support of economic growth and the mitigation of climate change.

We recognise that improving energy efficiency is an environmentally sound and cost effective approach towards energy sustainability, and we support policies that address the issue of increasing efficiency by widening the implementation of energy efficient transportation networks, industrial processes, buildings, power grids and to broaden the incorporation of energy efficiency and sustainability measures in urban and regional planning.

We recognise the need to adapt existing, and in some cases create new international market structures, regulations, and policies in order to promote increased investments in sustainable energy by private and public capital with the use of public private partnerships to stimulate and enable actions and the need to maintain attractive and non-discriminatory legislative environments for investors in the energy sector.

Therefore, we declare our support for the World Energy Day October 22 to be commemorated worldwide annually to raise grassroots awareness and inspire creativity and imaginative thinking.

We declare our support for energy access as a fundamental Human Right of every person.

We declare our support for worldwide Smart Energy Movement (SEM) with the participation by all to build a new energy paradigm that can advance global economic and social development towards a New Energy Civilisation of Accessible and Sustainable Resources for All.

We declare our support for the African Energy Summit to be convened under the auspices of World Energy Forum annually and encourage other regional group of nations to organize similar Summits.

We declare our support for the First Ladies Summit for Sustainable Development to be convened under the auspices of World Energy Forum annually that enhances women’s roles and contributions to sustainable development.

We declare our support for annual World Energy Forum to review actions undertaken for the implementation of Dubai Declaration and to chart future progress.

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