Regional coherence and south-south cooperation to promote sustainable energy investments, markets and industries in LLDCs

Co-organized by UNIDO and the Austrian Government

04 November 2014, 13:15 to 14:45 | VIC | Conference Room: M6

The side event discussed innovative models and strategies to strengthen regional sustainable energy cooperation in the Programme of Action for LLDCs for the Decade 2014-2024. The moderated discussion featured the participation of Mr. Klaus Rudischhauser, Director, DG Development and ACP General Affairs, European Commission, Mr. Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), Mr. Robert Zeiner, Director, International Programs & Projects, Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and Ms. Gabriela Cretu, Electricity and Renewable Energy Expert, Energy Community Secretariat. Mr. Pradeep Monga, Director for Energy and Climate Change, UNIDO, moderated the discussions.

All panelists underlined the importance and added value of regional cooperation to address the existing barriers for sustainable energy markets and industries in LLDCs (policy, regulatory, financial, technical, lack of capacity, knowledge and awareness). Well-aligned regional methodologies, tools and standards can complement and up-scale national efforts. The example of the European Union was highlighted. The EU Directives on renewable energy and energy efficiency successfully facilitated progress in twenty-eight EU Member States. The model is currently replicated in West Africa and initiated positive change in EU accession countries in South Eastern and Eastern Europe.

In this context, the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers was presented. The south-south multi-stakeholder partnership is coordinated by UNIDO in close cooperation with the regional economic communities and organizations. The expanding network comprises of individual centers which cover West Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, the Arab region, the Pacific, the Caribbean and the Hindu Kush and Himalaya. The centers complement and strengthen ongoing national activities in the areas of policy and capacity development, knowledge management and awareness raising, as well as investment and business promotion. The importance of such a south-south network for the implementation of the SE4ALL initiative was highlighted by all panelists.

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