Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development
The Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 4-6 November 2014. The Forum is organized jointly by the Government of Tunisia, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) with participation of other international organizations. The previous four International Sustainable Energy Fora were organized by UNECE and ESCAP with participation of UNDP and other international organizations from 2010 to 2013 in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus.
The Forum will have a particular emphasis on attaining the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative of the UN Secretary-General: ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. The Forum will comprise plenary sessions, roundtables and workshops, including notably a High-level Dialogue with participation of the Executive Secretaries of UN Regional Commissions (RCs) and ministers responsible for implementing sustainable energy policies. One of the key events will be the Global Workshop of the UN Development Account (UNDA) project “Promoting Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development”, which is implemented jointly by all five UN RCs. The Workshop will gather government officials and project developers from the regions along with major domestic and foreign investors to facilitate exchange of expertise, lessons learned and best practices and promote greater investment flows into the energy efficiency (EE) projects.
At this forum, the outcomes of the UNDA project “Enhancing and improving access to energy services through development of public-private renewable energy partnership” jointly implemented by all RCs will be shared. In particular, the innovative model to engage private sector for widening energy access to the poor will be analyzed and disseminated.