Energy Online Consultation: Discussion I [CLOSED]
Welcome to the thematic energy dialogue! As indicated on the main page of the energy consultation, the first phase of the dialogue, from now until February 3, will explore why energy matters to the post-2015 development agenda, the challenges and opportunities that exist, as well as what we can do about it.
The main purpose of this consultation is to stimulate discussions and facilitate global conversations on a broad post-2015 energy agenda. In many ways, this global conversation about energy and sustainable development is well underway. The last five years have seen an increasing interest in energy, due in part to the General Assembly’s declaration of 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy and the initiative of the Secretary-General on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). The importance of energy was also recognized by governments at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012. Most recently, the Assembly proclaimed 2014-2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All. This consultation is poised to build upon this progress.
If you have not already done so, you are invited to review the framing paper for this energy consultation. It provides a useful overview of energy issues and outlines key challenges and opportunities. Main focus topics include universal access to energy services, increased use of renewable energy, better energy efficiency and an exploration of the energy-sustainable development nexus. It also discusses roles of stakeholders and individuals in addressing these issues.
To help guide consultation processes, we have focused on presenting questions that will help capture, summarize and present global voices in a way useful for the post-2015 discussions in the United Nations and elsewhere. Specifically, during Phase 1 of the on-line consultations, we would like to focus on the following questions:
- Do you think energy should be fully integrated in the post-2015 framework? If so, why?
- What are the priority energy issues that we must address as part of the post-2015?
- How do we effectively link energy issues to other related development issues, such as poverty reduction, food security, gender and climate change?
- What specific roles should key stakeholders have?
You can also find additional questions in the framing paper, which we encourage you to address.
Advancing the global development agenda post-2015 urgently calls for robust international cooperation and action that is ambitious, urgent and effective. Please share your views and experiences from current initiatives, programmes and projects on energy and bring out examples of success and suggestions for improvements. Tell us about your vision and your position on priority setting and choosing among policies to support the way forward.
I remind you that we are joined by expert moderators: Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Nebojsa Nakicenovic of the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Richenda Van Leeuwen of the United Nations Foundation. More information on their background is available here. They will add their insights over the course of our discussions.
As the facilitator for the dialogue, I will address any questions related to logistics around the consultation, and requests for technical assistance. I will also occasionally post summary points and additional questions, as needed, to enhance our discussion.
Here’s to a rich and insightful dialogue!
Julie Larsen (dialogue facilitator)