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In 2017, the Global Energy Prize celebrates its 15th anniversary! This term is small from a historical point of view, but over these years a long way was passed. Over 15 years of the award’s existence, more than 736 candidates were nominated, and 35 outstanding scientists from 11 countries became its laureates. The number of experts with the right to nominate for the award has increased 10 times compared to 2003 - it is 3000 people, and the number of countries united by the Global Energy Prize has increased 12-fold - today it is 90 states. The Global Energy Prize is constantly developing, its importance for the innovative development of world energy can not be overestimated. In its jubilee year, the prize accepts congratulations from its founders, partners, friends and colleagues. The team of the Global Energy Prize expresses gratitude to all the congratulations for sincere and kind words to the project! 

I sincerely congratulate all those honored by the Global Energy Prize, and the Association’s team on the 15th anniversary of the Prize foundation. Also, I express my great respect and gratitude for the efforts of your Association to development of energy and related areas of science and technology.

The government of Japan is very proud of this prestigious prize was awarded to three researchers from Japan Dr. Masaji YOSHIKAWA in 2006, Dr. Akira YOSHINO in 2013 and Dr. Shuji NAKAMURA.

Providing a steady supply of energy, which is the backbone of the economy, and its efficient use is important for any country, and there is a need of efforts from the global point of view. In particular, in Japanese-Russia relations, mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of energy and advanced technology is an important component of the eight-item plan of mutual economic cooperation, through which opportunities for further development in the future are opened up.

The awarding of 35 persons from 11 countries of the 15-year history of the Prize also provides an opportunity to global cooperation strengthening and exchanges in the field of energy and related fields of science and technology. I wish the Global Energy Prize and related activity would play an important role in global challenges and contribute to the welfare of humanity through the further advancement of research of all the award laureates.

Toyohisa KODZUKI
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Japan to the Russian Federation

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