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Ministerial Meetings

Annual ministerial meetings serve as an important platform to advance international collaboration to accelerate the adoption of clean energy policies and practices worldwide. Energy ministers from 24 participating countries and the European Commission come together to assess progress and guide work under the concrete and transformative clean energy initiatives. Ministerial meetings also provide an opportunity for high-level engagement with private-sector stakeholders in a variety of formats, ranging from public panel sessions to roundtable discussions with ministers, global company leaders, entrepreneurs, and other experts.

The CEM is currently the only regular meeting of energy ministers at which they exclusively discuss clean energy. The CEM also includes involvement from other ministries that play an important role in clean energy in some governments, such as ministries of science and technology or economics.

International collaboration under the Clean Energy Ministerial is action-oriented and flexible; there are no negotiated texts or binding agreements. The CEM is based on a distributed leadership approach where any government interested in furthering a substantive idea on a clean energy technology or issue is encouraged to identify willing partners and proceed.

Past Ministerial Meetings

The first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM1) was hosted by the United States in 2010. The United Arab Emirates hosted the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2) in 2011. The United Kingdom hosted the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) in 2012. India hosted the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) in 2013. South Korea hosted the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) in  2014. Mexico hosted the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) in 2015. The United States hosted the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in 2016.

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Future Ministerial Meetings

China will host the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) in 2017. Visit the CEM8 web page for more details. Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 24 participating CEM countries and the European Commission will come together to assess progress to date and identify the critical next steps for accelerating our transition to a global clean energy economy.

The European Union, in cooperation with a member state, plans to host the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in 2018.

Additional information about future events will be published on our website as we get closer to the event date. 

Photo: Ministers gathered at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco on 1-2 June 2016.

Photo: Ministers gathered at the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) in Mérida on on 27-28 May 2015.

Group photo of ministers from CEM5Photo: Ministers gathered at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) in Seoul on 12-13 May 2014.

Photo: Ministers gathered at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) in New Delhi on 17-18 April 2013.

Group photo of ministers from CEM3Photo: Ministers gathered at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) in London on 25-26 April 2012.

Group photo of ministers from CEM2Photo: Ministers gathered at the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2) in Abu Dhabi on 6-7 April 2011.