The Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Member Countries endorsed the Doha Declaration at the end of the 6th GECF Summit.
The Doha Declaration collectively resolved to promote natural gas as an abundant, affordable, clean, and reliable source of energy, and as the fuel of choice to satisfy the growing world energy needs, and to address climate change and improve air quality.
The Doha Declaration promised to strengthen natural gas’ environmental credentials, in particular through efforts to reduce gas flaring and methane emissions, and the development of eco-friendly technologies, including carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS).
The Doha Declaration, which addresses all aspects of the global gas markets that have preoccupied policymakers and industry stakeholders in recent times as they navigate a changing energy landscape, promised to encourage the expanded use of natural gas domestically and internationally to address the gap in achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #7 that affects the most vulnerable.
The summit’s slogan of ‘Shaping the Energy Future’ was reflective of its era, taking place at a time of energy price volatility and heightened attention to the world’s fastest-growing hydrocarbon fuel.
Held under the theme ‘Natural Gas: Shaping the Energy Future’, the 6th GECF Summit brought together heads of state and government of member countries Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela, and Observers Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Malaysia, Mozambique, Norway, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates.
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Egypt and President of GECF Ministerial Meeting in 2022 Tarek El Molla and GECF Secretary-General Mohamed Hamel attended the Summit.
The 6th GECF Summit welcomed Mozambique as a new Observer Member.
The three-day summit was marked by a number of milestones, including a ceremony for the GECF Awards.
The heads of state and government welcomed the proposal of Algeria to host the 7th GECF Summit in 2023.
Previous GECF summits have been held in Doha in 2011; Moscow in 2013; Tehranin 2015; Santa Cruz de la Sierra 2017 and Malabo in 2019.