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Regional Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries on Sustainable Energy
22 March 2017 @ 12:00 am - 23 March 2017 @ 11:59 pm
The Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Government of Nepal will convene a Regional Meeting on Sustainable Energy to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 22 to 23 March 2017.
The meeting will bring together the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which face similar energy challenges in their energy transition. Reliable and affordable access to energy has the potential to transform the daily lives of those living in the world’s poorest countries and is essential for private sector development, productive capacity building and expansion of trade.
The acute energy gap faced by the LDCs 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’s empowerment.
The Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs for the decade 2011-2020 (IPoA) recognizes that access to affordable, reliable and renewable energy and related technologies will be critical for accelerating growth, improving livelihoods and advancing sustainable development. Energy access 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.
During the past four years, OHRLLS has actively advocated for enhanced energy access in the poorest countries. Only 34 per cent of the 900 million people living in the 48 LDCs have access to electricity. These countries need accelerated reforms together with strong support from various stakeholders to accelerate progress in the energy sector. In this regard, OHRLLS has brought together the Leaders and Energy Ministers from these countries to discuss the challenges they face in enhancing their energy access. It has clearly emerged from these discussions that the national ownership and political will for energy transition is there, and these countries are eager to scale-up and speed-up their energy initiatives.
Rapid transition to sustainable energy will require critical rethinking by LDC decision-makers and the goals need to be followed with well-planned and coordinated action based on national energy strategies. LDC governments need to create enabling policy and regulatory frameworks to promote commercial investments, get involved with a broad range of stakeholders, including reaching out to the poorest and supporting bottom-up approaches, and learn from successful initiatives.
The regional meeting aims at building national leadership on energy sector and creating stronger multi-stakeholder partnerships to improve access to finance. It will especially:
- Showcase and discuss financing models and initiatives that have worked and could accelerate the energy transition in other LDCs;
- Enhance sustainable energy project development capacities in LDCs;
- Share experiences in preparing investment prospectuses and discuss best practices among LDCs.
The discussions at the Asia-Pacific regional meeting will feed into the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which monitors the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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 Nepal. The regional meeting will convene senior officials and energy experts from the Asia-Pacific least developed countries, UN system, regional organisations, international and regional development banks and development partners, both from the North as well the South. In addition, selected private sector partners from the energy and investment sectors, as well as relevant foundations and civil society representatives will be invited.
STATEMENTS & PRESENTATIONS
|Opening Statement by M. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and|
for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries
and Small Island Developing States
|Opening Statement by H.E. Mr Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary of Nepal||English|
|Opening Statement by Hon'ble Mr. Janardan Sharma, Minister of Energy, Government of Nepal||English|
|SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT PLANS IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES:|
|"Update on Energy Access Situation in Asia-Pacific LDCs" by Mr. Abdul Alim||English|
|"Case study I on national energy investment plans" by Dr. Daovong Phonekeo||English|
|"Investment Opportunities in Power Sector in Nepal" By Mr. Dinesh Ghimire ||English|
|"Sustainable energy investment plans in Tuvalu" by Ms. Siemai Patiale Apinelu||English|
|"Sustainable energy investment plans in Bhutan" by Mr. Satchi Satchi||English|
|SESSION 2: FINANCING INITIATIVES AND BUSINESS PLANS THAT WORK:|
|"Financing initiatives and business plans that work" by Mr. Elmar Elbling||English|
|"Financing initiatives and business plans that work" by Mr. Dipal Chandra Barua||English|
|"Grid solutions for energy access for all" by Mr. Hitendra Dev Shakya||English|
|"Financing initiatives and business plans that work" by Ms. Rehana Riyawala||English|
|"Unlocking Domestic Finance" by Mr. Satish Gautam||English|
|BUSINESS TO BUSINESS DIALOGUE:|
|"DRE and Rural Accelerator Initiative" by Mr. Munawar Moin||English|
|SESSION 3: BENEFITTING FROM GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ENERGY INITIATIVES:|
|"Benefiting From Global and Regional Energy Initiatives" by Ms. Parimita Mohanty||English|
|"Benefits from Global/Regional Energy Initiatives" by Mr. Rabin Shrestha ||English|
|"UNIDO-ICIMOD Partnership on Establishment of the Himalayan Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (HCREEE)" by Mr. Bikash Sharma ||English|
|"LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiatives" by Mr. Ram Prasad Dhital||English|
|"Bottom-up Energy Transition in Japan and global network" by Mr. Tetsunari Iida||English|
|"Furthering Energy Access in Nepal through Grid Extension" by Mr. Surendra Rajbhandari||English|
|SESSION 4: PROJECT PREPARATION SKILLS:|
|"Project Preparation Skills" by Mr. Kulman Ghishing ||English|
|"Energy Assistance Initiative" by Ms. Yanqiu Bi||English|
|"Implementation of “The Belt and Road” Initiative -|
Promote China-Nepal Power Interconnection" by Mr. Geping Yao
|"How can DNV GL contribute in Project Preparation?" by Mr. André Rauwerda ||English|
|"Developing Sustainable Energy Access Projects for the Last mile" by Mr. Prem Sagar Subedi ||English|
|"Project Preparation in Energy Sector in Nepal" by Mr. Mahesh Acharya||English|
|"Project preparation, oversight Mechanism of large hydro-projects" by Madhu Pd. Bhetuwal||English|
|CLOSING SESSION AND WAY FORWARD:|
|LDC Watch statement by Mr. Gauri Pradhan||English|
|Draft Meeting Programme||English
|Background Paper on Sustainable Energy by UN-OHRLLS||English|
|Meeting Concept Note||English
|Save The Date||English|
|Guidance Note for Co-Chairs and Panelists||English|
|Draft Background Paper for the Regional Meeting on Sustainable Energy|
prepared by UN-OHRLLS
|List of Participants (as of 21 March 2017)||English|
|Media Background Note: Sustainable Energy in Asia-Pacific LDCs||English