Third Forum of Asia-Pacific Energy Week, Bangkok

All day
17 Oct 2023
All day
20 Oct 2023
United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok


The third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF3), is co-hosted with the Ministry of Energy of Royal Thai Government, to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok and online on 19 and 20 October 2023. The Third forum will be organized under the theme “Building a secure, sustainable and interconnected energy future for Asia and the Pacific”

The participants of APEF3 will have chance to review the progress made in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Affordable and clean energy) in the Asia-Pacific region and in implementing the Ministerial Declaration on Regional Cooperation for Energy Transition towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies in Asia and the Pacific, which was adopted at the Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum, in 2018.

Join us for the side events where SEForAll participates and shows its leadership on SDG7 projects and initiatives, which facilitate and promote a fair, sustainable energy transition. 


The Port Vila Call: Demonstrating leadership and commitment to a clean energy future

Tuesday 17 October 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 (BKK, UTC +7) | Bangkok (Venue TBC)

This event is organized by Vanuatu to share its ambitious climate commitments to phasing out fossil fuels dependency, advocating for global access to a secure, sustainable and new sources of clean energy and share other country led initiatives including International Court of Justice Advisory opinion on Climate Change and the Crime of Ecocide.

Vanuatu works in partnership with the signatories of the Port Vila Call including the Republic of Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Niue and Tonga with the support of the Sustainable Energy for All and UN Energy to:

  • Promote and socialize the Port Vila Call for a Just Transition to a fossil fuel free Pacific;
  • Provide an overview and call for new signatories to the No New Coal Energy Compact

Additionally, the event will also inform and update on other climate initiatives that Vanuatu has been spearheading including seeking support on the advisory opinion process now underway at the International Court of Justice on the obligations of States under International Law to protect the climate system; and the criminalization of the Ecocide which is a fight to include the crime of Ecocide into the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to consider the deliberate and widespread destruction of ecosystems and the environment by individuals, corporate organizations and countries as criminal offenses, with legal consequences for those responsible, recognizing that these acts exacerbate and contribute to destabilize the climate system. 


Policy Dialogue on Phasing Down the use of Coal in the Asia-Pacific Region

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 14:00 – 17:00 (BKK, UTC +7) | Bangkok

This event, held as part of the Third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum, will bring together government representatives, the private sector and the international community. The key objectives of the event are to: 
•    Explore the constraints and opportunities for the region’s transition to a future less dependent on coal;
•    Discuss the current status of coal use, the challenges of phasing down coal in Asia and the Pacific.
•    Propose and discuss the various pathways available under national energy policies along with opportunities for regional cooperation to accelerate the phase down of coal.

The event will provide an opportunity to share perspectives and learn from one another on approaches to accelerate the phase down of coal.

The workshop will discuss pathways for the sustainable energy transition, steps to implementation of policy and share best practices from countries and cities around the region. It is expected to: 
•    Highlight the results of recent studies undertaken on the topic which provide guidance for the development of policy for the phasing down of coal;
•    Introduce some major regional initiatives which are supporting member States in these efforts;
•    Inform participants on the latest understanding of best practice in energy policy; and
•    Explore opportunities on how ESCAP may support countries developing strategies, policies and plans as well as building national and regional capacities.

ASEAN Regional Approach in Accelerating Renewable Energy & Strengthening Supply Chain for Advancing ASEAN Power Grid

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 09:30 – 10:55 (BKK, UTC +7) | Bangkok and online

In-person and virtual event (Registration link)

This initiative stems from the 41st ASEAN Energy Ministers Meeting, emphasizing renewable energy and interconnectivity.

ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and UNESCAP have introduced the ASEAN Renewable Energy Regional Approach, forming the basis for the ASEAN Renewable Energy Long-term Roadmap. We focus on low carbon power systems and regional manufacturing capacity.

AIMS III projects a 39% renewable energy capacity by 2025, with the potential for 44% adoption, advancing ASEAN toward its 23% total primary energy supply (TPES) target by 2025. Collaborative research supports ASEAN's shift to an innovation-driven economy.

This forum unites ASEAN countries and experts to develop strategies for renewable energy and supply chain enhancements under the ASEAN Power Grid. We will explore evidence-based approaches for power interconnection and supply chains, empowering policy-makers to pursue a net-zero future with ASEAN's resources.