ECPA 2017 Ministerial

Overview

During the Second Ministerial Meeting on Energy and climate, held in Merida, Mexico, the Minister of Energy of Chile announced his government's intention to host the Third Ministerial Meeting of ECPA.

Looking forward to the third ECPA Ministerial to convene in Viña del Mar 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

Sheraton Miramar Hotel & Convention Center  I  Viña del Mar, Chile

Viña del Mar is located on the central coast of Chile’s Region V, 120 km from Santiago, the capital city.

Over the years, Viña del Mar has become and remained a spa resort, taking advantage of its geography, residential character, landscape potential, and different construction works, which have made it Chile’s “tourism capital,” also known as such beyond Chile’s borders.

Viña del Mar has also been styled the “Garden City” because it was originally surrounded by large green areas and within its urban area still has beautiful large gardens with a multitude of native and exotic flower and tree species.  It is the culture of the Viña del Mar community to create and maintain these types of areas.

Viña del Mar’s short distance from Santiago makes it readily accessible to tourists and a favorite national and foreign tourism destination.  The city is also known for its Songfest, held every year in FebruaryFor more information, please visit: www.visitevinadelmar.cl.

Program

The ECPA’s III Ministerial will be a one and a half day meeting.  On Thursday, September 7, presentations will be given on energy transition-related topics. These will be held by different international and national organizations as input for more in-depth discussion of their content.  The opening session will be held in the afternoon, attended by Mrs. Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, and other high-level authorities.  Thereafter, a private meeting of ministers will be held to review and approve the ECPA documents.  At the end of the day, a banquet will be given, hosted by the President of Chile at the presidential residence, Palacio del Cerro Castillo (by invitation).

Friday, September 8, will begin with a breakfast for the private sector and ministers.  The working sessions will follow throughout the morning.  The closing session of the Ministerial Meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Mr. Heraldo Muñoz. Lastly, the private sector will host a tour of Pablo Neruda’s summer home, “La Sebastiana,” in Valparaiso.


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