Norway co-hosts a workshop on Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Africa – Promoting Sustainable Energy Access. The purpose of the event is to advance the debate and action on an integrated approach to eradicating energy poverty in Africa ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012 and as part of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
The event will be centered on the findings of two recent reports, namely UNDP's (Poverty Practice, Bureau for Development Policy) Integrating decentralized energy solutions with employment creation to accelerate progress on the MDGs in Africa and the forthcoming report by UNEP Risø Centre on Enhancing electricity access to provide clean and efficient energy services in Africa.
An interactive panel is expected to inform relevant stakeholders about emerging policies messages contained in the UNEP and UNDP's report on eradicating energy poverty in Africa, including the role of the UN and partners. The workshop will be open to a broader group of UN delegates at expert level as well as representatives of private sector. civil society and think tanks.
The event is arranged in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Denmark, Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal to the United Nations, in partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Risø Centre.