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5th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

4 - 7 November 2014

Hammamet, Tunisia

The Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 4-7 November 2014. The Forum is organized by the Government of Tunisia, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Forum will emphasize attaining the three objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative of the UN Secretary-General through a regional agenda: 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 by 2030.

One of the key events will be a High-Level Panel “Energy policies and international cooperation to achieve objectives of sustainable energy for all (SE4ALL) initiative” with participation of the Executive Secretaries of UN Regional Commissions (RCs) and high-level government officials responsible for implementing sustainable energy policies. The Executive Secretaries are expected to sign a Joint Statement that will reaffirm the roles of key stakeholders in promoting sustainable energy policies and call for joint efforts to achieve SE4All objectives. Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for SE4All Initiative will deliver a keynote address.

The Forum will include a Global Workshop of the UN Development Account (UNDA) project “Promoting Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development”, implemented jointly by all five UN RCs. The Workshop will gather government officials and project developers from the regions along with major domestic and foreign investors to facilitate exchange of expertise, lessons learned and best practices and to promote greater investment flows into energy efficiency projects. The event will share experiences with programmes for training on financial engineering and business planning as well as case studies on policy reforms to promote energy efficiency investments and discuss a project pipeline from each region. A new UNDA project “Promoting Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development” will be launched by ESCWA and UNECE.  The project is expected to improve capacity of government officials, national financial institutions, national energy experts and project developers to develop renewable energy investment projects in the private and public sectors.  The project will also improve capacity for governments to adopt policies and measures to improve opportunities for banks and commercial companies to invest in renewable energy projects through the development of new financing mechanisms.

At the Forum, the UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit is organizing jointly with ESCAP and ESCWA the workshop “Energy efficiency for sustainable housing”. The workshopwill address the long-term environmental impact of energy efficiency in the housing sector as well as discuss how to facilitate the use of appropriate financial mechanisms, legislative framework and policies for the access to sustainable energy, especially to low-income and vulnerable groups. Furthermore, it will focus on case studies and best practices which can raise awareness on energy efficiency measures in buildings and allow decision makers to embrace innovation, encourage cooperation, and grant citizens a higher quality of life.

A site visit will be organized by the Government of Tunisia on 7 November.

Participation in the Forum is open to the Government officials, project developers and owners, representatives of international organizations, private sector, financial institutions, NGOs, academia and other experts involved in sustainable energy issues.



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Draft Agenda of the Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development PDFPDF



Mr. Christian Friis Bach, UNECE Executive Secretary. Opening Statement at the 5th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, Hammamet, Tunisia, 4-7 November 2014.  Watch video on UNECE’s YouTube channel

Mr. Scott Foster, Director, UNECE Sustainable Energy Division. Summary of Day 1 of the 5th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, Hammamet, Tunisia, 4-7 November 2014.  Watch video on UNECE’s youTube channel

Day 1- 4 November 2014
High-Level Panel "Energy policies and international cooperation to achieve objectives of sustainable energy for all (SE4ALL) Initiative"
Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, SE4ll Initiative (delivered by Dr. Minoru Takada, Representative and Director, SE4All Initiative, New York Office)PDF
Dr. Omar Kettaneh, Minister of Energy, PalestinePDF
Global Workshop 1: Promoting energy efficiency investments for climate change mitigation and sustainable development
Session 1: Improved regulatory and institutional framework for promotion of financing for energy efficiency projects
Mr. Tim Farrell, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Global Alliance on Accelerating Energy EfficiencyPDF
Mr. Viktor Badaker, Mr. Oleg Dzioubinski, UNECE Sustainable Energy DivisionPDF
Mr. Alexandre Chachine, Consultant, Analysis of National Case StudiesPDF
Mr. Deltcho Vitchev, Renaissance Finance International, Analysis of National Case StudiesPDF
Mr. Alexandre Dukovski, Director, Energy Agency of the Republic of MacedoniaPDF
Mr. George Abulashvili, Energy Efficiency Center, GeorgiaPDF
Mr. Nejib Osman, Director of Studies and Planning, National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME), TunisiaPDF
Mr. Prasert Sinsukprasert, Executive Director, International Energy Cooperation Office, Ministry of Energy of ThailandPDF
Mr. Tienan Li, Director, Center for Industrial Energy Efficiency, ChinaPDF
Mr. Mauricio Acevedo, Director, Energy Sector, National Programme for Productive Transformation, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, ColombiaPDF
Mr. Martin Garmendia, Director MCT-ESCO and EE Capacity Building Programme, UruguayPDF
Ms. Wafa Aboul Hosn, Ph.D., Chief, Economic Statistics Section, Statistics Division, ESCWAPDF
Day 2 - 5 November 2014
Session 2: Increased financing for investments in energy efficiency projects, including through innovative financing mechanisms
Mr. Robert Tromop, Independent Expert, former Head of Energy Efficiency Unit, International Energy Agency (IEA): Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency MarketsPDF
Panel 1: Reviewing the status of market formation for energy efficiency from the point of view of financial sector and business community
Mr. Ferhat Esen, Senior Energy Specialist, Sustainable Energy Department, Work BankPDF
Mr. Florian Ziegler, Principal Energy Economist, KfW, GermanyPDF
Dr. Essel Ben Hagan, Associate Dean Research, Accra Institute of Technology, GhanaPDF
Panel 2: Financing options for energy efficiency projects, including innovative finance
Mr. Maxim Titov, Program Head, International Finance Corporation (IFC) - MENA - Sustainable Energy FinancePDF
Ms. Aigul Absametova, Senior Analyst, Economic Analysis, Strategy and Research Department, Eurasian Development BankPDF
Mr. Valerio Micale, Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) EuropePDF
Mr. Mauricio Garrón, Senior Specialist, Energy Vicepresidency, CAF (Development Bank of Latin America)PDF
Mr. Hao Kou, Programme Officer, National Energy Administration (NEA), ChinaPDF
Session 3: Improved regulatory and institutional framework for EE projects
Dr. René Castro, Former Minister of Energy and Environment, Costa RicaPDF
Mr. Simon Berzoi, Expert, Energy Efficiency Fund, Republic of MoldovaPDF
Mr. Shamil Dikambaev, Advisor to Minister of Energy, KyrgyzstanPDF
Mr. Rawiwat Panasantipap, Managind Director, Thai Energy Conservation Co.LtdPDF
Ms. Irina Atamuradova, Low-emission Development Programme Component Manager, UNDP in TurkmenistanPDF
Mr. Okon Ekpenyong, Deputy Director, Energy Commission of NigeriaPDF
Mr. Mohamed Dabbes, Director of Energy Efficiency & Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, JordanPDF
Day 3: 6 November 2014
Session 4: Improved knowledge and experience on expert level in identifying and formulating energy efficiency investment project proposals and presenting them as bankable project proposals
Dr. Alexei Sankovski, Chief of Party, Tetra Tech, United StatesPDF
Ms. Lucija Rakocevic, Consultant, Dvokut pro, Bosnia and HerzegovinaPDF
Ms. Tatyana Nemtsan, Director, "Akbota" Foundation, KazakhstanPDF
Mr. Shaun Lee, Director of Field Operations, GESS Consulting UkrainePDF
Mr. Raafet Abdelkader Ahmed, General Manager, Solar Thermal & EnergyPDF
Dr. Chouaib Benqlilou, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat, MoroccoPDF
Mr. Vahram Jalalyan, UNDP-GEF Project ManagerPDF
Mr. Artan Leskoviku, Head of Energy Efficiency, National Agency of Natural Resources (AKBN), AlbaniaPDF
Global Workshop 2: Promoting renewable energy projects and access to affordable and clean energy for sustainable development
Session 1: Outcomes of completed UNDA Project: "Enhancing energy security and improving access to energy services through the development of public-private renewable energy partnerships"
Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Chief, Energy Security and Water Resources Section, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
Overview, outcome and lessons learned from the project
Mauricio Garrón, Senior Energy Specialist
Development Bank of Latin America, CAF
Geothermal Development Facility for Latin America
Mr. Monga Mehlwana, Economic Officer, ECA
Experience from Lesotho
Mr. Oleg Dzioubinski and Mr. Gianluca Sambucini, UNECE Sustainable Energy Division
Experience from UNECE
Mr. Habib El Andaloussi, Chief Energy Section, ESCWA
Concluding remarks
Session2: Launching of new UNDA Project: "Promoting Renewable energy investments for climate change mitigation and sustainable development"
Ms. Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development Policies Division, ESCWAPDF
Mr. Viktor Badaker, UNECE Sustainable Energy DivisionPDF
Mr. Frank Wouters, Chief Executive Officer, Wouters Ltd, former Deputy Director-General, IRENAPDF
Mr. Ashraf Kraidy, Senior Advisor to the Energy Department, League of Arab States (LAS): Introducing the Pan- Arab Renewable Energy Strategy 2010PDF
Dr. Tareq Emtairah, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE): Towards a Unified Guideline for Renewable Energy Planning in the Arab RegionPDF
Mr. Christophe Segar, Programme Manager for Middle East and North Africa, IEA: The Moroccan experience in promoting Renewable EnergyPDF
Mr. Saad Al Jandal, Phd., Energy Efficiency Program, Energy & Building Research Center Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait: A new approach for promoting Renewable Energy in the Arab Region; The Kuwait approachPDF
Day 4: 7 November 2014
Site Visit: International Airport Enfidha-Hammamet
The airport gas-powered tri-generation station providing electricity, heating and cooling to the airport buildings and facilitiesPDF
Forum OutcomesENGFRERUS
Joint Statement Fifth International ForumPDFPDF