MSC co-hosting "ONS Summit" on Energy Security in Stavanger on August 26-27

From August 26 to 27, the second "ONS Summit" – a collaboration between the Munich Security Conference and the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Foundation – will be the most recent in a series of MSC events focused on energy security. In Stavanger, Norway, a major hub of the European energy industry, the ONS Summit will convene over 50 key actors and experts for in-depth discussions about the most pressing current developments and future challenges in the field of energy security.

An oil rig lies in port near Stavanger, Norway (Photo: Shutterstock)

Today's staggering developments in energy supply and consumption, from abundant new sources of shale gas to dramatic demand growth in emerging markets, continue to have a major impact on international security. States reluctant to preserve the international order, rising geopolitical tensions, and emboldened spoilers have injected new uncertainties into the global energy market. To cope with geopolitically driven supply disruptions, countries are trying to reduce dependencies and thus their vulnerabilities through cooperative efforts, streamlining their energy policies, and investments in innovation.

Against this backdrop, the Munich Security Conference is continuing its examination of the nexus of energy and international security with the upcoming ONS Summit. After the first ONS Summit in 2016, this year’s summit is again organized in cooperation with the ONS Foundation and supported by the Norwegian government.

The event will gather over 50 high-level government representatives, leading figures of international and non-governmental organizations, and executives from the energy sector. Among the attendees will be the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Søviknes, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abi Khalil, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Fatih Birol, as well as several CEOs of major international energy companies. Together, they will participate in frank and open discussions about the geopolitics of energy innovation, national challenges on the global energy market, and the way ahead for Europe’s energy supply security.

Over the coming days, we will provide more information about the ONS Summit on Twitter (#MSCenergy), Facebook, and on our website. If you would like to receive regular updates about MSC activities, please sign up for our newsletter.

About the Munich Security Conference
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions. In addition to its annual conference, the MSC Foundation hosts a number of smaller, albeit equally high-profile, events around the world. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security and Technology Series, the Human Security Series, and the Defence and Security Policy Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.

About the Economic & Resource Security Series
In an increasingly interdependent world, state and non-state actors rely on stable flows of resources and a resilient global economy. Accordingly, competition and cooperation over the use of these resources as well as the provision of distribution networks and infrastructure constitute decisive security factors. Today, the demands of a growing world population make the sustainable and economical use of these resources an imperative security challenge for policy-makers around the world. Some regions, such as Central Asia or the Arctic, may well turn into a new hot spot of energy security and thus pose new geostrategic challenges.

MSC Summits address an audience of up to 150 high-profile representatives from government, academia, the military, the private sector and civil society, while also retaining the MSC's trademark atmosphere of open exchange and frank debates in an exclusive setting. These summits aim to bring together political and economic leaders to develop strategies to address challenges at the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources.

14 August 2018, by MSC