Extract of Mrs. Estherine Fotabong, the NEPAD Agency Head of Directorate for Programme Implementation and Coordination, participation to the High-Level side event of OECD on “Green Growth and Developing Countries” held at Rio+20 on 22 June 2012

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Development Banks commit to fostering sustainable development

06/19/2012
• IDFC, a club that unites 19 institutions from around the world, released a document after a meeting at the BNDES’ headquarters At a meeting held on June 19 at the headquarters of the BNDES, executives from development banks and funding agencies that comprise the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) issued a statement containing the club’s principles for fostering sustainable development. In the document, members of the group, which includes 19 institutions from all continents, committed to collaborating with knowledge, resources and tools to facilitate and accelerate the transition process to a more sustainable, social and ecological economy. Among the commitments made to help economic agents adopt new levels in their environmental practices, there is support for sustainable investments in the infrastructure area and the development of new financial instruments based on sustainability and innovation. The full document can be accessed in Portuguese (http://migre.me/9yNcM) and English (http://migre.me/9yNdD). “Development banks are a very powerful tool for inclusive and sustainable development,” said the BNDES’ president, Luciano Coutinho. He also recalled the importance of the “stabilizing role” of such institutions in times of crisis like the present. The President of IDFC and German development bank KfW, Ulrich Schroeder, highlighted the experience of members of the club in “combining public and private funds in financing development”. Renewable energy, public transport, water and sanitation are among the sectors of infrastructure to be strengthened. The IDFC’s other commitment is to help reduce incentives to non-sustainable production. In the afternoon, the executives of the IDFC attended the international seminar on Financing the Green Economy and the Sustainable Development, held at the BNDES’ headquarters.The conference, which marked the 60th anniversary of the Bank, allowed the exchange of experiences on sustainability on the eve of the meeting of Heads of State at Rio+20.
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Development Banks commit to fostering sustainable development

06/19/2012

• IDFC, a club that unites 19 institutions from around the world, released a document after a meeting at the BNDES’ headquarters 

At a meeting held on June 19 at the headquarters of the BNDES, executives from development banks and funding agencies that comprise the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) issued a statement containing the club’s principles for fostering sustainable development. 

In the document, members of the group, which includes 19 institutions from all continents, committed to collaborating with knowledge, resources and tools to facilitate and accelerate the transition process to a more sustainable, social and ecological economy. 

Among the commitments made to help economic agents adopt new levels in their environmental practices, there is support for sustainable investments in the infrastructure area and the development of new financial instruments based on sustainability and innovation. The full document can be accessed in Portuguese (http://migre.me/9yNcM) and English (http://migre.me/9yNdD). 

“Development banks are a very powerful tool for inclusive and sustainable development,” said the BNDES’ president, Luciano Coutinho. He also recalled the importance of the “stabilizing role” of such institutions in times of crisis like the present. 

The President of IDFC and German development bank KfW, Ulrich Schroeder, highlighted the experience of members of the club in “combining public and private funds in financing development”. 

Renewable energy, public transport, water and sanitation are among the sectors of infrastructure to be strengthened. The IDFC’s other commitment is to help reduce incentives to non-sustainable production. 

In the afternoon, the executives of the IDFC attended the international seminar on Financing the Green Economy and the Sustainable Development, held at the BNDES’ headquarters.

The conference, which marked the 60th anniversary of the Bank, allowed the exchange of experiences on sustainability on the eve of the meeting of Heads of State at Rio+20.

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UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BRIEFS MEMBER STATES ON ‘SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL’ INITIATIVE, NAMES LEADERS OF HIGH-LEVEL ACTION GROUP

This is the text of remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to General Assembly Members in New York today at a briefing on “Sustainable Energy for All”:

Energy is central to everything we do, from powering our economies to empowering women, from generating jobs to strengthening security.  It cuts across all sectors of government and lies at the heart of a country’s core interests.

Yesterday, we marked the global population topping 7 billion people.  One person in five lacks access to modern energy; 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or dung for cooking and heating.  They are energy-poor.  And energy poverty translates into grinding, dehumanizing poverty.  Now more than ever, the world needs to ensure that the benefits of sustainable modern energy are available to all.

Energy poverty is a threat to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.  It holds back economic growth and job creation.  At the same time, we must move very rapidly toward a clean energy economy to prevent the dangerous warming of our planet.  We need to catalyse low-carbon economic opportunity across the globe, particularly in developing countries where needs are greatest.

Last year, the General Assembly passed a resolution declaring 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.  This September, I launched my “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative.  It contributes to the Year by mobilizing action by all key stakeholders – governments, the private sector and civil society.

Today I am releasing my vision statement on sustainable energy for all.  I have set three objectives, all to be achieved by 2030.  First:  ensure universal access to modern energy services.  Second:  double the rate of improvement of energy efficiency.  Third:  double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The world is hungry for solutions to global challenges.  This initiative provides them on multiple levels.  Taken in combination, these objectives will enhance equity, revitalize the global economy, and help protect the ecosystems that sustain us.  I call these the three Es:  equity, economy and ecosystems.  These are one and the same agenda:  the sustainable development agenda.  We cannot make lasting progress in one without progress on all.

I have heard strong support for “Sustainable Energy for All” across the spectrum.  The up-front costs are not small.  But the long-term returns can be massive.  Sustainable energy for all offers powerful benefits – for stimulating economic growth, reducing poverty, cleaner air, reduced mortality and reduced risk of dangerous climate change.

What is standing between us and these achievements?  Political will — and resources both private and public.

The “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative is gathering the broad-based support we need — from developed countries, emerging economies, developing countries, the private sector and civil society.  Today I am pleased to announce the members of the High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.  The Group is co-chaired by Kandeh Yumkella, the Chair of United Nations Energy and Executive Director of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Charles Holliday, Chairman of Bank of America.  The “Sustainable Energy for All” Group includes more than 30 distinguished global leaders from around the world – business, finance, governments, civil society.  The Group will develop an action agenda in support of the 2030 goal.  It will mobilize a broad range of stakeholders who can catalyse commitments and form partnerships that can be launched at Rio+20.

I urge you to lend your support.  Together we can make sustainable energy for all a catalyst for lasting economic growth that benefits all people, gives opportunity to the poor and protects the planet.

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The AfDB is currently designing its energy strategy. This 5-year business plan will define the Bank’s public and private activities in Africa’s energy sector.
Through this blog, we seek the input of Africa-based civil society organizations, energy experts, and community leaders. We will also host consultations and other meetings.
The Bank believes all Africans should have access to energy. Africa has a huge opportunity for green growth. This strategy is a critical step. Your feedback is important. How the blog works?
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The AfDB is currently designing its energy strategy. This 5-year business plan will define the Bank’s public and private activities in Africa’s energy sector.

Through this blog, we seek the input of Africa-based civil society organizations, energy experts, and community leaders. We will also host consultations and other meetings.

The Bank believes all Africans should have access to energy. Africa has a huge opportunity for green growth. This strategy is a critical step. Your feedback is important. How the blog works?

@afdb

 
The Fourth Special Session of AMCEN will take place from 12 - 16 September 2011 at the Centre International des Conferences de Bamako (CICB) in Bamako, Mali. This will be composed of an experts’ level segment from 13 to 14 September 2011 and a ministerial segment from 15 to 16 September 2011. This will be preceded by a meeting on International Environmental Governance (IEG) on 12 - 13th September 2011.
The main objective of the Fourth Special Session of AMCEN is to provide a platform for African countries to further consolidate and enhance Africa’s common negotiating position for the UNFCCC Cop17 to be held in November to December 2011. The special session will also provide an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the Climate Green Fund and Africa’s preparations for Rio+20 including the transitioning towards a Green Economy and the need to strengthen international environmental governance in the context of institutional framework for sustainable development.
For more information download the information note »

The Fourth Special Session of AMCEN will take place from 12 - 16 September 2011 at the Centre International des Conferences de Bamako (CICB) in Bamako, Mali. This will be composed of an experts’ level segment from 13 to 14 September 2011 and a ministerial segment from 15 to 16 September 2011. This will be preceded by a meeting on International Environmental Governance (IEG) on 12 - 13th September 2011.

The main objective of the Fourth Special Session of AMCEN is to provide a platform for African countries to further consolidate and enhance Africa’s common negotiating position for the UNFCCC Cop17 to be held in November to December 2011. The special session will also provide an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the Climate Green Fund and Africa’s preparations for Rio+20 including the transitioning towards a Green Economy and the need to strengthen international environmental governance in the context of institutional framework for sustainable development.

For more information download the information note »