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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

                                

                                                                       

BACKGROUND


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.

MEETING PURPOSE


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:

  1. Showcase and discuss financing models and initiatives that have worked and could accelerate the energy transition in other LDCs;

  2. Enhance sustainable energy project development capacities in LDCs;

  3. 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 


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OPENING SESSION:
Opening Statement by M. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing StatesEnglish
Opening Statement by H.E. Mr Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary of NepalEnglish
Opening Statement by Hon'ble Mr. Janardan Sharma, Minister of Energy, Government of NepalEnglish
Opening Statement by H.E. Mrs. Rensje Teerink, Ambassador, European Union 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 PhonekeoEnglish
"Investment Opportunities in Power Sector in Nepal" By Mr. Dinesh Ghimire
English
"Sustainable energy investment plans in Tuvalu" by Ms. Siemai Patiale ApineluEnglish
"Sustainable energy investment plans in Bhutan" by Mr. Satchi SatchiEnglish
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 GautamEnglish
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS DIALOGUE:
"DRE and Rural Accelerator Initiative" by Mr. Munawar MoinEnglish
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 DhitalEnglish
"Bottom-up Energy Transition in Japan and global network" by Mr. Tetsunari IidaEnglish
"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
English
"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. BhetuwalEnglish
CLOSING SESSION AND WAY FORWARD:
Statement by M. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and
High Representative
for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries
and Small Island Developing States
English
LDC Watch statement by Mr. Gauri Pradhan English
Co-Chairs' summary English

MEETING DOCUMENTS


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CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS
Draft Meeting ProgrammeEnglish

Information NoteEnglish
Background Paper on Sustainable Energy by UN-OHRLLSEnglish
Meeting Concept NoteEnglish
Save The DateEnglish
Guidance Note for Co-Chairs and PanelistsEnglish
Draft Background Paper for the Regional Meeting on Sustainable Energy
prepared by UN-OHRLLS
English
List of Participants (as of 21 March 2017)English
ISSUES NOTES
Session 1English
Session 2English
Session 3English
Session 4English
MEDIA
Media AdvisoryEnglish
Media Background Note: Sustainable Energy in Asia-Pacific LDCsEnglish

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Details

Start:
22 March 2017 @ 12:00 am
End:
23 March 2017 @ 11:59 pm

Venue

Kathmandu
Nepal + Google Map