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G20 Energy Ministers Meeting kicks off.

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The G20 Energy Ministers Meeting kicks off in Beijing, with issues such as sustainable energy and energy cooperation on the agenda. SHOWS: BEIJING, CHINA (JUNE 29, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. OPENING CEREMONY IN PROGRESS 2. CHINESE VICE-PREMIER, ZHANG GAOLI, SEATED 3. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA, SHAMSHAD AKHTAR, SEATED 4. ZHANG WALKING UP TO PODIUM/AUDIENCE CLAPPING 5. AUDIENCE SEATED 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE VICE-PREMIER, ZHANG GAOLI, SAYING: "China hopes to strengthen cooperation with all countries of the world in both traditional energy and new energy. This compliments the upward and downward integrational supply chain of energy cooperation, and increases the ability to guarantee the supply of global energy. This is a connected platform for a symbiotic energy infrastructure." 7. ZHANG WALKING AWAY FROM PODIUM/AUDIENCE CLAPPING 8. AUDIENCE CLAPPING 9. AKHTAR WALKING UP TO PODIUM 10. AUDIENCE SEATED 11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA, SHAMSHAD AKHTAR, SAYING: "So our best efforts are what is needed in our quest to leave no-one behind, to take the quote from the sustainable development agenda, the challenge to close the remaining gaps must not be underestimated. Without access to energy, households and individuals will remain trapped in poverty and will not be able to reach their minimum standards of living." 12. AUDIENCE SEATED STORY: The G20 Energy Ministers Meeting kicked off in Beijing on Wednesday (June 29). Energy ministers from G20 member states are in Beijing for the two-day meeting where they will discuss issues such as energy cooperation, improving global energy access, and renewable energy. "China hopes to strengthen cooperation with all countries of the world in both traditional energy and new energy. This compliments the upward and downward integrational supply chain of energy cooperation, and increases the ability to guarantee the supply of global energy. This is a connected platform for a symbiotic energy infrastructure," Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said in a speech during the meeting's opening ceremony. During the same opening ceremony, Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia, called for G20 members countries to increase energy infrastructural access for impoverished communities. "So our best efforts are what is needed in our quest to leave no-one behind, to take the quote from the sustainable development agenda, the challenge to close the remaining gaps must not be underestimated. Without access to energy, households and individuals will remain trapped in poverty and will not be able to reach their minimum standards of living," she said. Leading up to the meeting, officials from the United Nations and European Union, plus 200 non-governmental organisations, urged the G20 to end years of fruitless talks and follow the lead of the Group of Seven industrialised nations by setting a date for the end of subsidies on coal, gas and oil.