Conference puts focus on rural energy access

ruralenergyaccessIn collaboration with Sustainable Energy for All, UN-Energy and the Economic Commission for Africa and UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, a Global Conference on Rural Energy Access will be organized on 4-6 December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, focusing on a nexus approach to sustainable development and poverty eradication.

The main objective of the event is to strengthen capacities on policy, technical, and entrepreneurial approaches to rural energy access for eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development in rural communities.

More specifically, the Conference will aim to promote dialogue among practitioners, experts, donors and policy-makers to facilitate closer cooperation on rural energy access. It will seek to assess potential integrated policy options to address rural energy and to identify synergies that can be realized from the links between energy and other development factors including health, education, economic growth, gender, water and food security.

A further objective of the Conference is to encourage a discussion on ways to apply models and practices to allow the scaling up of the use of clean cook stoves and stand-alone renewable energy systems. Participants will aim to identify best practices and lessons learned on sharing international and country-level experiences in rural energy-access development. Furthermore, the Conference is to assist participants in identifying relevant renewable energy products, systems and services for rural communities and support the Rio+20 follow-up process and the post-2015 development agenda.

The Conference will also host a technology exhibition, at which 30 organisations are planning to showcase their equipment, products and services related to rural energy access.

For more information: Global Conference on Rural Energy Access: A Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication