Government officials, executives of oil and gas companies and representatives of international agencies are due to meet today in Switzerland to discuss the Caspian Sea region's role in the security of global energy supplies. The meeting in Geneva is being organized by the 55-country United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The meeting is expected to discuss how the Caspian region countries - Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan – can contribute to a reduction of global energy security risks in a world of rising demand. Ways to increase investment in, and development of, the region's vast oil and natural gas resources are also expected to be debated. The meeting is expected to hear addresses from Igor Yusufov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy on international energy cooperation; Vladimir Shkolnik, Kazakhstan's minister of energy and mineral resources; and Zaur Yaqubov, special advisor to Azerbaijan's minister of fuel and energy.