|“The UN General Assembly at its 70th session in September 2015 adopted the outcome document “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. This outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are of immense value for humanity and the planet. Among them is Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 (SDG7): “To ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources for all”. For the first time energy will officially act as a dedicated and stand-alone UN Sustainable Development Goal. This is the result of the tremendous work that has been done in recent years in the framework of the UN Secretary-General Initiative “Sustainable Energy for All”. At the same time, it is a challenge that faces every country and affects everyone. Only the coordinated and concerted efforts of the international community can significantly expand access to energy services. To achieve sustainable energy development, it is important to ensure access of all countries to advanced energy technologies through the global distribution and exchange of knowledge in this area. Widespread adoption of energy-saving technologies and renewable energy sources can and should make important contribution in solving the problem of energy poverty eradication. Active support and persistent promotion of initiatives aimed at improving effectiveness of international efforts to achieve the targets set in the framework of SDG7 is one of the primary tasks of the global energy community”.
Sustainable energy development is one of the most important conditions for world economic growth. Russia plays an active part in implementation of principles of global energy security and energy efficiency, and contributes to the goal of overcoming current and future challenges in the world energy market.
The issues of energy efficiency, energy saving, use of alternative and renewable energy sources are among the most discussed by the international community. This subject is very topical for the UN system, which led to increased interest in this topic by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its decision to cooperate with Russia in the field of sustainable energy development. One of the milestones of this cooperation was the foundation of the International Centre with the main purpose of conducting independent research and analysis, and information exchange in the field of energy.
According to the recommendation of the 176th session of the Executive Council, UNESCO General Conference at its 34th session in Paris adopted a resolution which approved the foundation of the International Sustainable Energy Development Centre under the auspices of UNESCO in Moscow. On September 5, 2008 Mr. Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO, signed an official Agreement with Government of the Russian Federation.< /p>
The Centre was founded as an international platform for an active dialogue between stakeholders on a wide range of issues in energy field, for the benefit of global energy security and energy efficiency and as a guarantee of sustainable economic and social development in the world.
The Centre’s activity, which main aim is to address key sustainable energy development issues, is defined by its status of an international organization operating under the auspices of UNESCO.