Dear Friends of GFSE,

We are pleased to send you the second edition of the new GFSE newsletter, containing updates on recent activities of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, important events and  news from other stakeholders working towards a sustainable energy future for all.

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The Global Forum on Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy in Emerging Markets: Opportunities for private sector engagement

On March 20, 2014, the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE), in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Austrian Economic Chamber, organized a forum on “Sustainable Energy in Emerging Markets: Opportunities for private sector engagement: How SE4ALL, development finance and other initiatives address the growing energy demand in emerging markets”. The event brought together stakeholders from international institutions, national public institutions, academia and the private sector in order to discuss latest developments within the global Sustainable Energy for All initiative, potentials for private sector engagement, available support instruments and successful project examples. [more]

Kick-off Meeting: Towards the implementation of the ECOWAS RE and EE Policies and the SE4ALL Initiative

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and its partners jointly organized the ECOWAS launch of the National Action Plans for the implementation of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies (EREP, EEEP), as well as the action agendas in the context of the SE4ALL Initiative from the 17-20 March 2014, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The event aimed to introduce participants to the processes for the development of the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs), National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) and the action agendas within the framework of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL). The development will be a joint effort between the national consultants and the respective country groups with support from ECREEE and technical assistance from international partners.[more]

EU Africa Summit 2014 & 2nd AEEP High Level Meeting

At the beginning of April 2014, the EU Africa Summit 2014, focusing on „Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace“, brought together 90 delegations to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and reinforce links between the two continents. The summit reaffirmed the commitment of both continents to the objectives of the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy. In order to improve the implementation of this Joint Strategy and to ensure further results-oriented cooperation, a roadmap to frame EU-Africa relations for 2014-2017 was adopted, which covers five key priorities and areas for joint actions, namely peace and security; democracy, good governance and human rights; human development; sustainable and inclusive development and growth as well as continental integration; and global and emerging issues. [more]

New Regional Sustainable Energy Centers in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation, signed agreements to to establish three new centres for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Eastern and Southern Africa and in the Caribbean region. [more]

SE4ALL: Three „Creative Coalitions“ to transform the world’s energy system

Energy: Finally Recognized as a Key Driver for Sustainable Development?

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