Sustainable Energy Symposium.
United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) bring you "The challenges of implementing Sustainable Energy for All at the global and local levels" filmed at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Energy is essential for economic and social development. Yet it is estimated that over 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 3 billion people rely on the use of traditional biomass, coal or charcoal for cooking and heating. These figures pose enormous challenges for development, the environment, and in particular, for sustainable development.
To address the current energy challenges, in terms of access as well as improvements in energy efficiency and renewable energy uptake, the UN Secretary-General has launched his Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. The high-level initiative on SE4All features three global energy targets to be reached by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
The high-level event UNIDO and SEF are co-organizing will seek to address these challenges to scale up successful policies and best practices for achieving the three energy targets, by drawing on relevant experiences, among other things, from the United States. It will be conducted as an interactive discussion of distinguished energy experts from academia, the public and private sectors as well as civil society that are implementing sustainable energy strategies, policies and action plans in their daily work.
The symposium will seek to answer the following questions:
What is needed to make the three global energy targets for the SE4All initiative achievable? And what is being done to achieve the targets?
How can these energy targets be translated effectively into global and local context? And, what are the expected roles of the public and private sectors and of civil society in this process?
How can the technical, financial and political challenges posed in the implementation of sustainable energy be overcome?
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