Excellencies, Colleagues, and Friends!
I am delighted to welcome you to World Energy Forum, whose mission is to create a new global energy civilization that can benefit all nations and peoples.
World Energy Forum is building a transnational community where meaningful conversations take place for humanity’s sustainable future. Today, while serious questions are being raised throughout the world about the sustainability of business as usual, the world is searching for new ways to guide us now and to the future. Our generation has come at a crucial juncture in human history when we are facing unprecedented planetary challenges whether economic, social, or environmental. The choices we make will profoundly impact life now and those who will inherit the earth. Energy is at the center of this discussion.
As we all recognize, energy is fundamental to the hopes and aspirations of all humanity; access to modern energy services is essential to the economic and social development of all nations and peoples across the globe. Therefore, World Energy Forum campaigns for “energy for all,” especially for the hundreds of millions of deprived men, women, and children in many parts of the world. For many nations, communities, and peoples, coming out of the scourge of poverty largely depends on energy access. As a solution, World Energy Forum invariably supports technological advancement. However, technology alone cannot save us; we also need the political will of people to bring about a positive change in the world. To this end, World Energy Forum facilitates sound international and national energy policies and private sector initiatives. By doing so we promote an energy mix that is more affordable, cleaner, safer, and therefore more sustainable.
It is my honor to invite you to join with us in this important and urgent undertaking.
Dr. Harold HyunSuk Oh
President and Chairman
World Energy Forum