Civil Society Consultation on the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative 25 April 2012 – London, UK

Prepared by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service in Cooperation with Practical Action

Organized by Practical Action, Christian Aid and ONE, this consultation meeting brought together six members of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All and representatives from 31 civil society organizations and academic institutions from across the UK and Europe to exchange views on the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL). A list of the civil society organizations and academic institutions that participated is available here. The two-hour meeting occurred in London on the margins of the 24 April meeting of Principal Members of the High-level Group, as well as the 25-26 April Clean Energy Ministerial.

Initial remarks were delivered by four of the six High-level Group Members on the panel and two Executive Heads of civil society organizations. Nine civil society representatives in the audience then contributed comments and questions. The session concluded with responses by the High-level Group Members and the

Chair of the Panel.

Mr. Derek Osborn Chair of the Panel; President of the Board, Stakeholder Forum
Ms. Helen Clark Administrator, UN Development Programme; Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Principal Member of High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All
Mr. Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy Founder and Director of Barefoot College; Principal Member of High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All
Mr. Andrew Steer Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank; Principal Member of High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All
Ms. Susan McDade UN Resident Coordinator for Uruguay; Member of SE4ALL Technical Group
Mr. Simon Trace CE0, Practical Action
Mr. Andy Atkins Executive Director, Friends of the Earth
Professor Daniel Kammen University of California, Berkeley; Member of SE4ALL Technical Group
Professor Nebojsa Nakicenovic Deputy Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; Professor, Vienna University of Technology; Director, Global Energy Assessment; Member of SE4ALL Technical Group Section II of this summary report presents 10 central points emphasized by the High-level Group Members, and 10 central points emphasized by civil society organizations during the meeting. Section III summarizes the
introductory remarks given by each Panelist.  

To read a summary of the event’s outcomes click here

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