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5 December 2016 - 6 December 2016

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BACKGROUND


The acute energy gap faced by the least developed countries is a binding constraint on their structural transformation. Reliable and affordable access to energy is a key development multiplier with a large transformative power. It is essential for private sector development, productive capacity building and expansion of trade and it also has strong linkages to climate action, health, education, water and food security and women empowerment.

The Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the decade 2011-2020 (IPoA) recognizes that access to affordable, reliable and renewable energy and related technologies, as well as the efficient use and distribution of energy will be critically important for accelerating growth, improving livelihoods and advancing sustainable development. Therefore, access to energy is one of the priority areas for action in the IPoA, which includes 3 goals and targets related to energy:

  • Strive to increase total primary energy supply per capita to the same level as other developing countries;
  • Significantly increase the share of electricity generation through renewable energy sources by 2020;
  • Enhance capacities in energy production, trade and distribution with the aim of ensuring access to energy for all by 2030.

MEETING PURPOSE


The regional meeting will convene senior officials and energy experts from the least developed countries and aims to build national leadership in the energy sector and create stronger multistakeholder partnerships to improve access to finance. It will especially:

(1) showcase and discuss financing models and initiatives that have worked and could accelerate the energy transition in other LDCs as well;

(2) enhance sustainable energy project development capacities in LDCs and;

(3) share experiences in preparing investment prospectuses and discuss best practices among LDCs. The discussions at the regional meeting will feed into the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which monitor the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by bringing in unique views on how those furthest behind have embarked on SDG 7 implementation.

PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS 


This meeting will be organized jointly by the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, with support from UNDP Country Office in Tanzania. The regional meeting will convene senior officials and energy experts from the African least developed countries, UN system, regional organisations, development banks and development partners. In addition, selected private sector partners from both energy sector and investment sector, as well as relevant foundations and civil society representatives will be invited.

The regional meeting was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Finland. The United Nations Development Programme also contributed financially.

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General Documents:
Draft ProgrammeEnglish
French
Concept NoteEnglish
French
Information NoteEnglish
Background Notes:
Session 1: Setting the scene – Sustainable energy investment plans in national development strategiesEnglish
French
Session 2: Financing initiatives and business plans that workEnglish
French
Session 3: Benefiting from Global and Regional Energy InitiativesEnglish
French
Session 4: Project Preparation SkillsEnglish
French
Statements & Presentations
Statement by USG Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya English
Opening Statement by Mr. Alvaro RodriguezEnglish
"Sustainable Energy for African LDC" by Mrs. Catherine Collin (Session 2) English
"GET FiT: Leveraging private investments in renewable energy" by Joakim Arntsen (Session 3) English
Remarks by Ms. Virginia Blaser (Closing session) English
Closing Statement by Mr. Alvaro RodriguezEnglish


OTHER EVENTS


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Building on the momentum from this year’s Africa Energy Forum, the most established investment-level conference for Africa’s power sector, the Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid will focus on project opportunities for mini and off grid technology providers and developers. The Summit will bring together ministries of energy, rural electrification agencies, philanthropic business foundations, banks, regulatory bodies, multilateral organisations and off grid businesses to discuss topical issues concerning rolling out off-grid projects across Africa.

50% registration discount available for UN-OHRLLS delegates 



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Power to the People: Mobilizing Investment and Innovation for Sustainable Energy in Africa

High-level Roundtable organized jointly by UN-OHRLLS and EnergyNet Limited, 6 December 2016

  • When: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, 6 December 2016
  •  Where: Conference Hall of Bank of Tanzania, 2 Mirambo Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11884
  • Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Us7dmk9DJE22

The event will draw synergies from the two sustainable energy events, which are running back to back in Dar es Salaam, during a week dedicated to sustainable energy. Roundtable participants will discuss practical ways forward for African countries to achieve the three universal goals on sustainable energy. With a particular focus on building durable partnerships and financing initiatives, contributors will draw on their direct experience working in the field of sustainable energy, sharing success stories but also highlighting challenges and lessons learned in mobilizing investment and innovation.

For more information:

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Details

Start:
5 December 2016
End:
6 December 2016

Venue

Conference Hall of Bank of Tanzania
2 Mirambo Street
Dar es Salaam, 11884 Tanzania, United Republic Of
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