16/04/2012 at 09:30
Where: Charlemagne Building, Brussels
Topic: Energy and natural resources
Organiser: European Commission
This Monday, the European Commission and the Danish Presidency of the EU Council will host the EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit - a high level event set up in order to bring partners and the private sector together to discuss how to make the UN's aim of achieving access to sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.
Attendees will include UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women, Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group, and Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director General of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. The Summit will be opened by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will co-chair the event and give the closing speech (together with Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation.)
The European Commission is expected to announce a new initiative to help enable millions more people in developing countries to access energy.As the largest provider of development assistance in the world, the EU plays a crucial role in efforts to end energy poverty around the globe.
The conference aims will also put a special emphasis on gender and access to sustainable energy for women. This summit will be important; both in paving the way for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil in June 2012 and in helping to define the EU's contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Around 1.3 billion people in the world are deprived of access to electricity and the opportunities it provides for working, learning or operating a business.
Some 2.7 billion people use wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook their meals and heat their homes, exposing themselves and their families to smoke and fumes that damage their health and kill nearly 2 million people every year.
The EU offers expertise as well as development funding to provide access to secure, affordable, clean and sustainable energy services. This UN initiative therefore presents a significant opportunity for the EU and developing countries to further cooperate with public institutions, businesses, research institutions and civil society in order to help make sure that energy is accessible for everyone.
The event will take place at the Charlemagne Building in Brussels on 16 April, from 9.30am - 6.00pm.
A press conference with high profile attendees will take place at 11.00am on 16 April in the Press Room at Berlaymont(please note change of time).
A technical briefing for media will also take place at 11.30am on 12th April in the Press room of the Berlaymont.