Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statement to journalists following the signing of the Second Protocol of Amendment to the Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement (Washington D.C., 14.10.2021)

I had the pleasure and honour to sign a few moments ago the Amendment to the Defence Agreement between the Hellenic Republic and the United States. It is an Agreement that safeguards Greek interests; an Agreement that, we believe, establishes a protective shield for our country. It also creates a shell that allows the United States to invest in Greece, not only for the improvement of our country’s defence facilities, but to do so in a broader framework of cooperation that is being established and improved.

I would also like to make it clear that this Agreement, like the previous Agreement signed with France, is not directed against anyone. On the contrary, it creates an axis of stability and improvement of the quality of life for the societies of the region.

It is a very good day for our country.

Thank you very much.

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis to visit North Macedonia (14-15.10.2021)

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Miltiadis Varvitsiotis will travel to Skopje on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov.

The Alternate Minister will have successive meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Mr. Nikola Dimitrov, as well as with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bujar Osmani. It is noted that after the meeting with Mr. Dimitrov, statements to the press will follow.

The next day, Friday, October 15, 2021, the Alternate Minister will meet with the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Mr. Zoran Zaev.

The talks will focus on the country’s European perspective and the developments in the Western Balkans, while bilateral issues, such as the economy and energy, are also expected to be addressed.

In this context, the Alternate Minister will raise the issue of the full, consistent and in good faith implementation of the Prespa agreement with the aforementioned officials.
It is also noted that during his visit Mr. Varvitsiotis will have a meeting with Greek entrepreneurs, who are active in the region.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ opening remarks for the third round of U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue (Washington D.C., 14.10.2021)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ opening remarks for the third round of U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue (Washington D.C., 14.10.2021)Dear Secretary,
Dear Tony,

it is a great honor and pleasure to open along with you the third round of our Strategic Dialogue.

Our strategic partnership has reached an unprecedented level by enhancing cooperation in many areas, such as enforcement, counter-terrorism, energy, economy, trade, culture and people to people contacts.

The relevant stakeholders will address, later today, ways of expanding them even further.

The revision of the Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement we will sign in a few minutes, is, symbolically and substantially, the foundation of our long-term partnership.

We understand that the US is increasingly preoccupied with challenges on other parts of the world. So, dear Tony, your commitment to Greece is greatly appreciated.

You are investing in strategic locations in our country.

Following the migrant crisis and the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, last year, they acquired increased importance.

You are underlining that the US, as well as Greece, are firmly determined to mutually safeguard and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country.

Against actions threatening to peace, including armed attack or threat thereof.

In the Eastern Mediterranean, where Greece is facing a casus belli, a threat with war if it exercises its sovereign rights, and I have to say, Greece is facing daily provocations.

Greece is committed to resolve disputes through diplomacy and always in accordance with International Law.

Over the past two years, we have concluded agreements on the delimitation of sea zones with Italy and Egypt, and agreed with Albania to defer this issue to the International Court of Justice.

We very highly appreciate your firm belief that sovereign rights should be respected in accordance with the International Law of the Sea.

We hope that all countries of the world will embrace this principle.

We stand ready and willing to work with them, on this basis.

We have already established strategic ties with common partners and Allies.

I am happy that I met our Israeli counterpart yesterday, as you did by the way, and I will be meeting my Emirati counterpart later today.

Greece, being the first South-East European country to join the European Union, has also an increased responsibility to ensure the integration of the Western Balkans into the European family. So as to promote stability and prevent forces that want to turn the clock backwards to dominate this volatile region.

Recently, Greece concluded a security and defence agreement with our NATO Ally, France. This agreement will contribute in enhancing our defence. It will also contribute in enhancing the European pillar of NATO, which is very important. And towards a fairer burden sharing between the two sides of the Atlantic.

Because, Greece is and will remain a fully committed Ally to NATO.

We will strive to enhance relations between the EU and the US, as well as between the EU and NATO as part of our contribution in strengthening the transatlantic bond, which is the cornerstone of our foreign policy.

Last but definitely not least, Greece, within the limits imposed by our size, will strive to contribute in addressing global challenges, such as the pandemic and climate change.

We have already donated almost 2 million vaccines and we are building bridges with partners across the globe, most notably with India and Australia. More recently with Latin America and Africa.

The world is becoming smaller, but the challenges are getting bigger by the day.

The only way to address them is by working together, while respecting our fundamental principles, such as democracy and our common respect for international law.

Thank so much.

Huawei’s Ryan Ding: Green 5G Networks for a Low-Carbon Future

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — At the 2021 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), Ryan Ding, Huawei’s Executive Director and President of the Carrier Business Group, gave a keynote speech entitled “Green 5G Networks for a Low-Carbon Future”. In his speech, Ding said that 5G has become a new engine for the growth of the mobile industry, and that to adapt to the rapid growth of data traffic, the whole industry will need to keep pursuing innovations in power supply, distribution, use, and management, and build greener 5G networks with higher performance and lower energy consumption.

Ryan Ding speaks at 2021 MBBF

According to Ding, in countries where 5G is developing faster, operators who have invested heavily in 5G have seen remarkable returns, but he stressed that operators will realize business value only when the 5G user penetration rate is high enough. When the 5G user penetration rate reaches a threshold of 20%, Ding said, rapid development of 5G will follow. In countries such as China, South Korea, and Kuwait, operators were quick to provide continuous nationwide coverage, giving users a consistent experience. They also offer flexible service packages, which delivers a win-win result for both users and themselves. In addition, these operators are providing a gigabit experience—a tangible improvement over 4G—to accelerate user migration and network evolution. In these countries, the 5G user penetration rate has exceeded the 20% threshold, triggering a positive cycle of user growth, business returns, and network construction.

High-quality 5G networks will drive the rapid growth of mobile data traffic. It is estimated that the average data traffic per user per month will reach 600 GB by 2030. If the energy efficiency of existing networks remains unchanged, the energy consumption of wireless networks will increase by more than tenfold. Ding said that to cut the ICT industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45%, operators will need to pursue ongoing innovations in power supply, distribution, use, and management to build greener 5G networks with higher performance and lower energy consumption.

Huawei itself offers a comprehensive range of products and solutions that address power consumption issues of wireless networks. The company has developed the iSolar power supply solution that covers all scenarios, including poles, cabinets, sites, and equipment rooms. This solution can reduce the use of electricity from grids and fossil fuels by diesel generators and improve the energy mix that powers base stations. On the power distribution front, Huawei provides an industry-leading high-density power solution. For each site, just one cabinet—or even just one blade—is needed, which supports the long-term evolution of mobile networks. To use power more efficiently, Huawei has redesigned site form factors and now offers highly integrated simplified site solutions for use in all scenarios. These solutions maximize the share of energy used by communications equipment and ensure electricity is fully used. Wireless networks need to work in synergy with power supply, distribution, and use. This means operators need to use information flows to manage energy flows, in order to maximize energy use and save energy at the network level.

Toward the end of his speech, Ding said Huawei has already deployed low-carbon site solutions in more than 100 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Greece, Pakistan, and Switzerland, helping operators reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 million tons. As a player in the communications industry, Huawei will continue to put green development at the center of everything it does and develop innovative solutions to build greener 5G networks with operators worldwide.

The Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2021 is hosted by Huawei, together with its industry partners GSMA and the SAMENA Telecommunications Council. The forum gathers mobile network operators, vertical industry leaders, and ecosystem partners from around the world to discuss how to maximize the potential of 5G and push the mobile industry forward. For more information, please visit: https://www.huawei.com/en/events/mbbf2021

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Lack of investment in clean energy compromising fight against climate change and poverty

  • New research highlights a chronic lack of finance that will leave billions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia without electricity or clean cooking by 2030
  • Urgent action to accelerate investment in clean energy for developing countries is needed from global leaders assembling at COP26 to ensure a just energy transition

VIENNA, Austria, Oct. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This year’s Energizing Finance research series – developed by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) in partnership with Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and Dalberg Advisors – shows the world is falling perilously short of the investment required to achieve energy access for all by 2030 for the seventh consecutive year.

In fact, tracked finance for electricity in the 20 countries that make up 80 percent of the world’s population without electricity – the high-impact countries – declined by 27 percent in 2019, the year before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The economic strain caused by Covid-19 is expected to have caused even further reductions in energy access investment in 2020 and 2021.

Energizing Finance: Understanding the Landscape 2021, one of two reports released under the series, finds committed finance for residential electricity access fell to USD 12.9 billion in 2019 (from USD 16.1 billion in 2018) in the 20 countries. This is less than one-third of the USD 41 billion estimated annual investment needed globally to attain universal electricity access from 2019 to 2030.

Meanwhile, there is an abysmal amount of finance for clean cooking. Despite polluting cooking fuels causing millions of premature deaths each year and being the second largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide, only USD 133.5 million in finance for clean cooking solutions was tracked in 2019. This is nowhere near the estimated USD 4.5 billion in annual investment required to achieve universal access to clean cooking (accounting only for clean cookstove costs).

These findings have been released just ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, where global leaders will focus on how to spark meaningful progress on fighting climate change. As part of this, they will need to consider how to reduce global emissions from the energy sector while also increasing energy access in developing countries to support their economic development.

“We are at a critical moment in the energy-climate conversation,” said Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. “What is clear is that the path to net zero can only happen with a just and equitable energy transition that provides access to clean and affordable energy to the 759 million people who have no electricity access and 2.6 billion people who lack access to clean cooking solutions. This requires resources to mitigate climate change and create new opportunities to drive economic development and enable people everywhere to thrive. Energizing Finance provides an evidence base of current energy finance commitments and the finance countries require to meet SDG7 energy targets.”

In 2018, 50 percent of total electricity finance flowed to grid-connected fossil fuels in the high-impact countries compared to 25 percent in 2019. While this is a positive trend for the climate, tracked investment in off-grid and mini-grid technology also declined and represented only 0.9 percent of finance tracked to electricity.

Dr. Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director at CPI, who partnered with SEforALL on Energizing Finance: Understanding the Landscape 2021, said: “Achieving both the Paris Agreement and universal energy access requires far greater investment in grid-connected renewables and off-grid and mini-grid solutions than what has been tracked in Energizing Finance. These solutions are essential to helping high-impact countries develop their economies without a reliance on fossil fuels.”

To better illuminate the challenges high-impact countries face, the second publication in the series, Energizing Finance: Taking the Pulse 2021, offers a detailed look at the estimated volume and type of finance needed by enterprises and customers to achieve universal energy access for both electricity and clean cooking by 2030 in Mozambique, Ghana and Vietnam. Importantly, it illustrates the energy affordability challenges people face in these countries and the need for financial support for consumers, such as subsidies.

The report finds that providing access to clean fuels and technologies, i.e. modern energy cooking solutions, in Ghana, Mozambique and Vietnam will cost a total of USD 37-48 billion by 2030; 70 percent of which will be for fuels (e.g., LPG, ethanol and electricity). A more achievable scenario would be for all three countries to deliver universal access to improved cookstoves at a total cost of USD 1.05 billion by 2030.

“Ghana, Mozambique and Vietnam each have unique challenges to achieving universal access to electricity and clean cooking,” said Aly-Khan Jamal, Partner at Dalberg Advisors, who partnered with SEforALL on Energizing Finance: Taking the Pulse 2021. “This research digs deep into these national contexts to identify solutions that can make Sustainable Development Goal 7 a reality.”

Providing results-based financing for energy project developers and exploring policies that facilitate demand-side subsidy support and reduce taxes on solar home systems are among several policy recommendations presented for Ghana, Mozambique and Vietnam.

Energizing Finance also advocates for increased innovation in financial instruments to reach the scale of finance needed for universal clean cooking access; for integration of electricity access, cooking access and climate change strategies; and for national governments, bilateral donors, philanthropies, and DFIs to all increase their efforts to mobilize commercial capital to Sub-Saharan African countries.

More of the reports’ key findings and recommendations are available here.

Notes to editors

Contact
For further details on the reports or any interview requests, please contact: Sherry Kennedy, Sustainable Energy for All: Sherry.Kennedy@SEforALL.org / media@seforall.org or +43 676 846 727 237

About Sustainable Energy for All

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organization that works in partnership with the United Nations and leaders in government, the private sector, financial institutions, civil society and philanthropies to drive faster action towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 – in line with the Paris Agreement on climate. SEforALL works to ensure a clean energy transition that leaves no one behind and brings new opportunities for everyone to fulfill their potential.

SEforALL is led by Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. Follow her on Twitter @DamilolaSDG7. For more information, follow @SEforALLorg.