It was a privilege to be invited to present to the first Pan-Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Forum, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states, which are home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 31 of their members are small states, many of which are island nations. The Commonwealth Secretariat supports member countries to achieve development, democracy and peace, with its Oceans and Natural Resources Division assisting member states in sustainably managing their natural resources and broader energy sector matters. As IEAGHG we usually get the opportunity at UNFCCC Side-events to reach out to such countries and this was a welcome opportunity away from that complex and busy environment.
Thank you to the Commonwealth Secretariat for organising this interesting event and for the invite to present, and in particular to Nick Hardman-Mountford, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, who is formerly CSIRO and member of the IEAGHG Monitoring Network.