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  • 8:00 – 9:30 New York
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Geneva
Speakers
  • Mark Eddo

    Moderator

  • Marcel Alers

    Global Head of Energy
    UNDP

  • Afrah Al-Zouba

    Prime Minister Advisor for Humanitarian Affairs
    Office of the Prime Minister, Yemen

  • Benjamin Kamara

    Director of Energy
    Ministry of Energy, Sierra Leone

  • Helder da Costa

    General Secretary
    g7+ Secretariat

  • Daniel Schroth

    Acting Director for the Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PERN)
    African Development Bank

  • Morten Blomqvist

    Chief Advisor
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

  • Rafat A. Al-Akhali

    Convenor of the Council on State Fragility
    The International Growth Centre - Blavatnik School of Government

Call to action: Scaling up green energy investments in  crisis settings

 

More than 800 million people lack access to energy and 9 out of 10 of them live in conflict-affected countries. Majority of them only have access to intermittent electricity, which is not enough to spur social and economic growth.  

 The g7+ and council on state fragility launched a call to action on powering up energy investment in fragile states on 24th February 2021. Signatories to the call include political leaders (current and former heads of states and governments) and more international organization that include UN agencies such as UNDP and UNESCAP, multi-lateral development agencies, businesses and think tanks. Recognizing the lack of access to sustainable energy and the untapped potential for renewable sources therein, the call to action urges aid agencies, governments, business and development financial institutions to work together to end energy poverty in conflict affected countries and hence meet aspiration of SDG 7 of the global agenda 2030. 

 The subject event will bring together governments; donors and private firms share experience and views from the ground on the potential and challenges in ending energy poverty. This will help in realizing commitments made in the call to action.