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WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CHARTER ?

The International Energy Charter is a declaration of political intention aiming at strengthening energy cooperation between the signatory states and which does not bear any legally binding obligation or financial commitment.

The International Energy Charter will be formally adopted and signed at the Ministerial Conference, which will be hosted by the government of The Netherlands. It maps out common principles for international cooperation [and common areas of cooperation] in the field of energy.

By signing the International Energy Charter, states and specialised intergovernmental organisations will document their commitment to established principles of the Charter, including:

  • political and economic co-operation
  • sovereignty over energy resources
  • the development of efficient energy markets
  • non-discrimination
  • the promotion of a climate favourable to the operation of enterprises and the flow of investments and technologies
  • environmental issues

The International Energy Charter will be in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian languages (also in Arabic and Chinese provided states who have these languages as their official languages are among the signatories).

The draft text of the International Energy Charter is available as a booklet in:

English
中文
Français
Русский
Español
عربي

The draft text of the International Energy Charter is also available in:

Deutsch
Português
Italiano
Port. (Brazil)