From the Network- July 2018

Dear Friends,

My energy access colleagues and I have been on the road a lot lately. Here’s an update on some of what we have been doing.

Earlier this month, the UN Foundation participated in the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, where we were involved in some stimulating discussions and exciting new energy access developments, including the launch of ‘Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement and an official HLPF side-event on ‘Women in Energy’.

Our first main engagement included participating in a dynamic discussion about the pivotal role of women in the energy sector and in achieving Sustainable Development Goals 7 (SDG7). The discussion took place as part of an official HLPF side-event on ‘Women in Energy’, organized by the UN Foundation, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Governments of Kenya and Norway, ENERGIA, UN Women, World Bank, and Bright Green Renewable Energy Ltd. It is now a well-established fact that the lives of women and girls and livelihoods are disproportionately affected by energy poverty. We highlighted the gender findings of our EAPN Survey, which point to the need and opportunity to bolster women-led and gender-inclusive business models and enterprises. At the same time, women’s participation can improve policy effectiveness, and increase impact of energy sector interventions. Want to learn more about our findings? Read our blog post on why women leadership is critical to achieving SDG7.

We were also honored to be part of the launch of the ‘Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement’, a new multi-stakeholder framework highlighting the barriers to and opportunities for addressing the energy gap in humanitarian settings. The launch featured high-level speakers and participants, and rich discussions. The UN Foundation is a member of the Steering Group that developed the Global Plan of Action, alongside other stakeholders. More information on the GPA is available here.

Earlier this summer, we participated in the Ashden Awards 2018 Conference/Ceremony where Jem Porcaro, our Senior Director of Energy Access, spoke about UN Foundation’s work on Powering HealthCare and the need to develop more sustainable delivery models and financing mechanisms for the electrification of social institutions such as health clinics.

Finally, our newsletter this month shines a light on Solaris Offgrid, an enterprise that is at the frontlines of offering innovative platforms such as Pay-As-You-Go solutions in the sector. Hear more about their work in the energy access space here.

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