ECPA 2017 Ministerial

Overview

During the Second Ministerial Meeting on Energy and climate, held in Merida, Mexico, the Minister of Energy of Chile announce that Chile would host the Third Ministerial Meeting of ECPA.

Looking forward to the third ECPA Ministerial to convene in Chile on September 7-8, 2017, a Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in Miami, United States, on October 20, 2016. The 19 countries represented in the Preparatory Event took stock of the Partnership’s progress since the last ECPA Ministerial held in Merida in 2015. The most important developments covered included the Partnership’s Steering Committee (SC) Guiding Principles and Action Plan, and the initiatives implemented by the OAS to strengthen this Hemispheric effort.

During the Event, the participating countries discussed actions to further country engagement and participation under the ECPA umbrella, and shared their Governments’ priorities in energy. The Governments agreed to provide a one-page Concept Note, describing one (1) specific area relating to sustainable energy deemed central nationally and/or regionally.

The outcomes achieved as a result of cooperation will be reported to that Third Meeting, in Chile, in 2017. 

Greetings from the host country

All across the Americas—a region with abundant renewable energy resources—countries are moving toward cleaner energy, driven by the urgency of a changing climate. The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has helped shape our region’s efforts to tackle a range of challenges we all share. Yes, we still have a long way to go. Yes, the Paris Agreement on climate change is still in its infancy. But we are moving in the right direction. The Third Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, which Chile will have the privilege of hosting in September 2017, will give us an opportunity to sharpen our priorities, strengthen our cooperation, and deepen our commitment to a transition to sustainable energy.

-Andrés Rebolledo Smitmans, Chile's Minister of Energy

Preparatory Process

First preparatory ministerial meeting: Miami, Florida, October 20, 2016

Second preparatory ministerial meeting: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 20, 2017

Venue

Viña del Mar, Chile


Prior ECPA Ministerial Meetings

The first Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas was held in Washington, DC, United States, in April 2010.  This two-day gathering of energy ministers from the countries of the Americas was key to establishing the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), announced during the Fifth Summit of the Americas held Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. 

The city of Merida, in Mexico, hosted the Second Ministerial Meeting, which took place in May 2015. This Event brought together energy ministers and high-ranking national authorities, who jointly agreed to design a dynamic Work Plan, with concrete actions to advance Western Hemisphere leadership in energy and Climate Change issues. This Meeting set the basis for a two-year Work Plan, and the establishment of a Steering Committee as the governance structure for the Partnership.

These Meetings have also laid the groundwork for an Action Plan for ECPA, which shapes the next steps for the Region’s energy agenda.


Related news

December 13, 2016 - ECPA: A Partnership for Sustainable Energy

November 07, 2016 - ECPA in Action: Energy Transition in the Americas

October 11, 2016 - ECPA Steering Committee launches preparatory process toward the 2017 ministerial