Sustainable Energy for All: Renewable Energy, a Tool for Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation
Day: Monday, 5th October 2015
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Room: Auditorium 1
Session Title: Sustainable Energy for All: Renewable energy, a tool for economic development and poverty alleviation
Energy is the thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and an environment that allows the world to thrive. However the world faces two interconnected and urgent challenges. One is that 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity. More than twice as many people rely on unsustainable biomass for cooking and heating. This lack of access to clean energy services creates major barriers to eradicating poverty and building prosperity. Where modern energy services are plentiful the problem is different: here waste and pollution are driving concerns.
In response to the disparity in energy access, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). SE4All is a global initiative co-chaired by the secretary-general of the UN and the president of the World Bank. It draws the world’s attention to three key development objectives for the energy sector by 2030—ensuring universal access to electricity and modern cooking solutions, doubling the rate of improvement of energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- Traditional methods for measuring energy access significantly underestimate the scale of the challenge. How do we go about improving the data collection process so as to better track the uptake of renewables?
- Understanding the interactions between energy and such priority areas of development as water, food, health, and gender are fundamental to meeting the objectives of the SE4All. How can we best identify these linkages early so as to target synergies and pre-empt subsequent potential tensions?
- Energy has been proposed as 1 of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). What concrete actions need to be taken to achieve access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all?
Keynote: Ms.Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All Partnership designate, SE4ALL
Moderator: Ms. Tania Roediger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
- H.E. Ms. Irene Giner-Reichl, President, Global Forum for Sustainable Energy (GFSE)
- Ms. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director & Regional Representative, Regional Office for Africa, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- Mr. Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Mr. Daniel Schroth, Coordinator, SE4All Africa Hub
Closing remarks: Hon Ms. Lynn Brown, MP, Minister of Public Enterprises, South Africa (tbc)