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We are pleased to send you our autumn edition of the 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

Save the Date: Paris Climate Change Conference – COP 21
The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris, France. The objective of the conference is to achieve a new legally binding and universal international agreement to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions so as to limit the global temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. [more]

Sustainable Development Goals Adopted: SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. It includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. SDG7 strives to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.[more]

South Africa’s Department of Energy hosted the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) 2015 in conjunction with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). [more]

REN21 SADC RE and EE Status Report launched
The first edition of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report has recently been launched at the SAIREC 2015. The report presents a comprehensive regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market, evolving policy landscapes, industrial development and opportunities for the financing of activities. [more]

ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum
The ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy and Investment Forum, held from 14th-18th September 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, gathered over 200 participants from governments, high level policy and decision makers, international partners, private sector players and civil society in the ECOWAS region and beyond. [more]

ECREEE and UN WOMEN launch ECOW-GEN Facility
The ECOWAS Facility for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (ECOW-GEN Facility) was recently launched on 12 October 2015 during an international press conference. The conference brought representatives from the media, development partners, government institutions, civil society organisations, and the private sector. The ECOW-GEN Facility is a funding vehicle designed specifically for operationalizing the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access.[more]

Capacity Needs Assessment for Clean Energy Mini-Grids in ECOWAS

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), have started a clean energy mini-grids capacity needs assessment in West Africa. Since 2012, ECREEE and IRENA have been working together to strengthen the capacity of policy makers, regulators and local SMEs through a regional entrepreneurship centre designed to accelerate renewable energy deployment (ProSPER). These efforts are now being extended to clean energy mini-grids; the first activity of this new phase will entail assessing capacity needs for mini grid deployment and developing a regional action plan for building expertise. [more]

G20 Ministers Adopt Energy Access Action Plan Focusing on Africa

On Friday, 2 October, 2015, energy ministers from the G20 group adopted an Energy Access Action Plan to help fight energy poverty by improving cooperation between the G20 members and by sharing knowledge. This Action Plan will be coordinated by the SE4All initiative and aims to complement the existing regional and global initiatives designed to tackle energy poverty. The initial focus has been placed on improving electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. More than two-thirds of the population live without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Many African governments have placed electricity access at the top of their agenda, but a series of regulatory, financial, institutional and technical challenges continue to hinder further investments in the energy infrastructure and capacity development. Eventually, the goal is to broaden the Action Plan's focus to include other geographical regions and other important social topics in future phases, including the water-energy-food nexus and the link between clean cooking and health.[more]

CCREEE Officially Inaugurated

CCREEE, the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, was officially inaugurated on 28 October 2015 in Bridgetown, Barbados. CCREEE is expected to be operational by the end of 2015. [more]
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