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With this newsletter, we would like to update you on recent activities of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy and other stakeholders within the framework of the SE4ALL Initiative

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The Global Forum on Sustainable Energy

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative: Opportunities for Austrian NGOs

The Global Forum on Sustainable Energy organised the event „The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative: Opportunities for Austrian NGOs“ as part of its activities to support the SE4ALL intiative. In line with the approach of the SE4ALL initiative, the stakeholder event aimed at fostering the involvement of civil society representatives in making universal access to sustainable energy a reality.[more]

Launch of the SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Hub

Source: UN News Centre, UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
On 23 October 2013, UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) opened the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the launch, Mr. Ban highlighted that the world is at a „tipping point“, and how it produces, distributes and uses energy will determine the success of sustainable development. „Promoting energy efficiency will realise massive new investment opportunities in developing and developed countries“, and access by all to clean, efficient energy would be critical in promoting sustainable development while, at the same time, reducing humankind’s emissions footprint. Mr. Ban further stressed the importance of climate finance (in particular new public private partnerships), increased investment and enhanced market development. (Source: UN News Centre)[more]

LAC SE4ALL Initiative

Source: Inter-American Development Bank
The Latin American and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (LAC SE4ALL Initiative) aims to extinguish energy poverty in the region, in coordination with the UN SE4ALL global initiative. LAC SE4ALL was launched in 2011 by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which funds work in the region to support the global SE4ALL goals through the energy access network, the technical assistance facility and the regional platform. [more]

„Thirsty Energy“ – The water-energy nexus

Source: World Bank, Thirsty Energy, 2013
Thirsty Energy, a global World Bank initiative aims to quantify and evaluate the tradeoffs and synergies of the energy-water nexus to strengthen global planning and policymaking. Building on the global SE4ALL initiative, Thirsty Energy shall offer stakeholders the necessary tools to improve the sustainability of planning and implementation of more integrated energy and water investments. It shall help governments break disciplinary silos that prevent cross-sectoral planning and to avoid future unsustainable development scenarios. [more]

EU Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

The European Commission supports the global SE4ALL initiative of UN SG Ban Ki-moon, which is fully consistent with the focal area of the EU’s Agenda for Change [COM(2011) 637 final] to provide access to secure, affordable, clean and sustainable energy services. The EU Sustainable Energy for All initiative is spearheaded by Commission President Barroso and aims at helping developing countries to provide energy access to 500 million people by 2030. In order to immediately scale up support for sustainable energy in developing countries, the Commission has mobilised over 500 million Euros for the period 2012-2013. [more]
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