Since the first meeting in Paris in 1991 IEF Ministerial dialogue has contributed to greater awareness of the interdependent nature of our economies and a convergence of views on global energy security.
On 22 February 2011 an Extraordinary IEF Ministerial Meeting was convened in Riyadh, under the patronage of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. This historic meeting marked a new era of international energy cooperation built on greater mutual understanding and trust as attending countries signed the IEF Charter, demonstrating a significantly reinforced political commitment to an informal and open global energy dialogue in the framework of the IEF among energy producing and energy consuming countries, including transit States.
This Extraordinary IEF Ministerial Meeting was the final stage of a process that started with the landmark Cancun Ministerial Declaration approved by 66 countries at the 12th IEF Ministerial Meeting in March 2010. The Cancun Ministerial declaration addressed two main points: an enhanced IEF framework to strengthen the producer-consumer dialogue and ways to reduce energy market volatility.
The Energy Ministers from the eighty nine IEF Member countries, heads of international energy organisations and Industry leaders have been invited to meet at the 13th International Energy Forum hosted by Kuwait from 12-14 March 2012.