G20 min­is­ters high­light re­new­able en­ergy in Bei­jing com­mu­nique

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR CORRESPONDENT BEI­JING—G20 en­ergy and nat­u­ral re­sources min­is­ters wrapped up a two-day meet­ing in Bei­jing on Fri­day, dis­cussing topics of re­new­able en­ergy, chances and chal­lenges on global en­ergy de­vel­op­ment, and en­ergy tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. G20 mem­bers are en­cour­aged to for­mu­late de­vel­op­ment strate­gies and ac­tion plans to boost re­new­able en­ergy in­vest­ment and con­sump­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Bei­jing com­mu­nique and three other plans re­leased af­ter the meet­ing.

The min­is­ters agreed to boost en­ergy ac­cess not only for peo­ple in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa but also for the AsianPa­cific re­gion where 500 mil­lion peo­ple still have no ac­cess to elec­tric­ity.

The com­mu­nique also sug­gested G20 mem­bers hold di­a­logues on emer­gen­cies in this field, guard against mar­ket dis­rup­tions and pro­mote en­ergy safety. Ab­del Rah­man, who did not pro­vide a pre­cise num­ber.

The gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad has been at­tempt­ing to seize Al-Maleh for more than two years. His forces have been try­ing for months to sur­round Aleppo by cut­ting sup­ply lines be­tween rebel-held dis­tricts of the city and nearby Turkey, which sup- gov­ern­ment forces with two sui­cide car bombs. The Ob­ser­va­tory said two chil­dren were killed by regime bombs in a rebel-held area of Aleppo.

The ma­jor­ity of Aleppo prov­ince is con­trolled by AlNusra and its Is­lamist al­lies, while the city, the coun­try’s pre-war com­mer­cial cap­i­tal, has been di­vided since July 2012 into rebel-held and regime-held ar­eas.—Agen­cies

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