Dear Friends of GFSE,

We are pleased to send you our spring 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: Uniting for a Green Building Future

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Mark your calendars for the next GFSE Event on 25th May 2016! GFSE will organise the event “Uniting for a green building future” together with the Austrian Economic Chambers and other partners, which will take place back to back with the World Bank Conference “Dialogue for Climate Action”. [more]

Africa Biochar Partnership Launched

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The Africa Biochar Partnership (ABP), an open continental platform with the aim to advance biochar systems in Africa, was launched on March 1st, 2016 at the International Workshop on Biochar Systems for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The ABP shall harmonize the coordination, communication and capacity building of biochar systems as opportunities for optimized biomass and bio-waste use towards improved resource management. Targeted focal areas are agriculture, environment, energy, health and socioeconomic development. [more]

CTCN Stakeholder Forum & Regional Forum for West Africa
The first Stakeholder Forum of the Climate Technology Centre & Network was convened from 5-7 April 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, together with partner institutions. The Forum, entitled “Facilitating Transfer of Climate Technologies in East-Africa” brought together participants from the CTCN institutions and private sector actors to help address barriers to technology transfer and development faced by the private sector and realize scalable climate change projects. Priority areas of the workshop were technologies addressing climate change mitigation (energy and forestry) as well as adaptation (water and agriculture). [more]

Efficiency4Access (E4A) Coalition
Over one billion people still lack access to electricity. Though access to basic energy services (i.e. lighting and charging) is increasing, higher levels of energy services in the areas of communication, cooling, water pumping and agro-processing will be needed in the future. The new global campaign, Energy for Access (E4A) Coalition, wants to drive universal access to enhanced energy services beyond lighting by 2030. The campaign is a collaboration between the Clean Energy Ministerial's Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). E4A will provide a platform to unite global efforts to catalyse markets for super-efficient end-use technologies. This campaign will play an important role in achieving the recently announced Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on universal energy access.[more]

Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership
The Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will take place from the 16th-17th May 2016 at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), in Milan, Italy. Titled "Business and Science - Leading the Way to Sustainable Energy", the forum will build upon the First Stakeholder Forum that took place in 2012. The main objectives of the this year's forum are to enhance engagement of non-state actors in sustainable energy sector development in Africa, provide a framework for dialogue on topics of energy security and development, and increase participation of a wide range of stakeholders in order to increase private sector investment in energy structure. 16th May, the first day of the forum, will be a dedicated technical thematic stakeholder day, while day two, 17th May, will be dedicated to high-level stakeholders and delegates. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is only one of the initial eight partnerships under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.[more]

EU-Africa Business Forum Follow-Up Workshop
The 4th follow-up workshop of the EU-Africa Business Forum will be held during the European Development Days from 15th-16th June in Brussels. Participants will discuss how to strengthen private sector engagement, how to mobilise the sector to stimulate growth, thereby contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Europe. This workshop will be the 4th in a series of workshops that is looking ahead to the next EU-Africa Summit. [more]

DESA Launches Platform for Sustainable Development Modelling
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched an innovative online platform, called "Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development Policies", in February 2016 to assist countries with the development of policies related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The platform will provide an interactive platform for policy analysts, make data available to promote additional research and introduce practitioners to modelling instruments. [more]

World Happiness Report 2016 Update

The 2016 Update of the World Happiness Report, which ranks 156 countries by their levels of happiness, was released on 16 March 2016 during a three-day series of conferences on happiness and subjective well-being in Rome, Italy. At the presentation of the report, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University emphasized that the Sustainable Development Goals themselves “embody the very idea that human well-being should be nurtured through a holistic approach that combines economic, social and environmental objectives. Rather than taking a narrow approach focused solely on economic growth, we should promote societies that are prosperous, just, and environmentally sustainable.” This year’s report highlights the role of the measurement and consequences of inequality in the distribution of well-being among countries and regions. Findings include that happiness inequality has increased significantly in most countries from the period 2005-2011 up to 2012-2015, and that people are generally happier living in societies with less inequality of happiness. [more]

The New Deal on Energy for Africa

A new transformative partnership was in the spotlight during the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2016. The "New Deal on Energy for Africa - Power, Potential and Partnership" aims to light up and power Africa by 2025. The New Deal has set out for targets to address the challenge of energy access: increase on-grid generation by adding 160 GW of new capacity by 2025, increase on-grid transmission and grid connections, increase off-grid generation, and to increase access to clean cooking for around 130 million households. By targeting key players in the energy field, the partnership will help mobilize political will and financial support to target Africa's energy challenges. Over 645 million Africans still have no access to energy - the New Deal wants to change that! [more]

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

The World Development Report „Digital Dividends“ focuses on digital technologies and raises essential development questions about growth and equity. Digital technologies have spread rapidly around the world and have accelerated growth and expanded opportunities. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. 60 percent of the world's population is still not connected with the benefits of digital technologies. The advantages are mostly seen by those who are well-educated and connected, subsequently causing greater disparity. How can we work to ensure these benefits are fairly distributed and how can we close the digital divide, especially when it comes to internet access, so that everyone benefits from digital technologies? The report argues that countries also need to work on the „analogue complements“, e.g. by strengthening regulations to ensure competition among businesses, to get most out of the digital revolution. The full report is available here. [more]

REmap: Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future, 2016 Edition

The second edition of IRENA's global roadmap provides an in-depth overview on the energy transition in 40 global economies, which represent 80% of global energy use. The roadmap acts as a call to decision makers, both in the public and private sectors, to address the renewable energy opportunities at hand and the climate risks that non-action will cause. The report highlights that a doubling of renewable energy sources in the global energy mix is feasible and can create economic savings much greater than associated costs – if the speed of deployment is considerable enhanced. The full 172-page report is available here. [more]
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