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High-Level Policy Dialogue On Energy Governance of the 21st Century

(An event organized by UNDP in partnership with UN-Energy)

[15 November 2023]


Remarks by Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj

Permanent Representative of India to the UN



Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed panelists, and distinguished guests, I extend my warm greetings to you all at this High-Level Panel on Energy Governance, organized by the United Nations Development Programme. It is a privilege to share this platform with such eminent personalities, including H.E. Victor Parlicov, H.E. Edgar Moyo, Ms. Rosilena Lindo, Mr. Roger Martella, and Ms. Teresa Kramarz. I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to Mr. Marcos Neto for his insightful opening remarks and to Ms. Vandana Gombar for moderating this important discussion.

We convene here today to deliberate on a subject of paramount importance – energy governance in our rapidly evolving world. The paper presented by UNDP on the energy governance framework arrives at a critical juncture, addressing the pressing energy challenges of our times. This framework, emphasizing inclusivity, multi-level governance, digital enablement, and adaptability, resonates deeply with India’s approach to energy security.


India's journey towards energy security is anchored in an inclusive and people-centered approach. With a vast and diverse population, we recognize the imperative of ensuring that every citizen, from urban centers to rural communities, has access to reliable and affordable energy. Initiatives like the Saubhagya scheme and the Ujjwala Yojna are testaments to our commitment to electrifying thousands of villages and providing clean cooking fuel to millions, especially safeguarding women's health from the consumption of unhealthy fuels. These efforts not only address immediate health concerns but also empower women and local communities, fostering a sense of ownership and participation in the energy transition.


In the realm of multi-level governance, India underscores the importance of collaboration across various administrative levels. Our policies are crafted to encourage cooperation between the central government, state governments, and local authorities. Programs like the Ujjwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) exemplify this approach, aiming for the financial and operational turnaround of power distribution companies.


The digital era presents unparalleled opportunities for enhancing governance. India leverages digital tools to bolster the efficiency, transparency, and accessibility of our energy governance. From deploying smart grids and digital payment systems to embracing data analytics, we are revolutionizing energy resource management. Tools like COMET and digital platforms in schemes like Ujjwala Yojana ensure efficient targeting and distribution, thereby enhancing accountability and reducing leakages.


Flexibility and adaptability are vital in the dynamic energy landscape. India’s National Solar Mission, continuously evolving to align with emerging technologies and market trends, is a prime example of our commitment to staying ahead in the renewable energy transition.


In conclusion, India's energy governance model, with its focus on inclusivity, multi-level collaboration, digital innovation, and adaptability, is a holistic and people-centric approach aimed at ensuring energy security for every citizen. This approach is not only pivotal for our nation but also contributes significantly to the global pursuit of sustainable development.


Additionally, effective energy governance requires robust institutions, solid legal and regulatory frameworks, civic engagement, empowerment, and independent oversight. India's establishment of dedicated ministries and regulatory bodies like the Ministry of Power, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, and the State Electricity Regulatory Commissions underlines our commitment to structured, fair, and efficient governance. Civic initiatives like PM’s Mission LiFE place citizens at the heart of responsible, sustainable energy consumption.


In terms of policy initiatives, India's National Energy Policy, ambitious renewable energy targets, comprehensive energy efficiency programs, electricity market reforms, strategic petroleum reserves, diversification of energy sources, international collaborations, energy access initiatives, and investments in smart grid technology underscore our multi-faceted approach towards energy security.


In closing, I would like to reiterate the importance of collective efforts and shared knowledge in navigating the complex energy challenges of our times. Together, we can pave the way for a sustainable and secure energy future for all.


Thank you.