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Media Advisory: Government, business and civil society leaders to announce new commitments for energy action at UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum, 18-21 May | Energy Access Practitioner Network

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Media Advisory: Government, business and civil society leaders to announce new commitments for energy action at UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum, 18-21 May

May 1, 2015

Forum to advance innovative, on-the-ground solutions to fight both energy poverty and climate change in lead-up to 2015 UN Summit and Climate Conference

R&B artist Akon to participate

WHAT

At the second annual UN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL FORUM (18-21 May), leaders from government, business and civil society will announce new commitments and drive action to end energy poverty and fight climate change. They will present ways to catalyze finance and investment at the scale required to meet the targets of the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Over 1,000 practitioners will share and advance innovative energy solutions. The Forum will build momentum on energy issues ahead of both the September UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and the December Climate Conference in Paris, and contribute to shaping the direction of energy policy for the crucial decades to come.

WHO

Several Heads of State and over 40 ministers of energy and finance

R&B artist and philanthropist Akon, founder of Akon Lighting Africa

Over 50 global leaders, including private sector CEOs, heads of UN agencies,

development banks and other international organizations

Leaders from broader civil society, including the research and investment communities

More than 1,000 energy innovators and practitioners from both the developing and the

developed world, including women’s and youth groups active on energy issues

WHEN and WHERE

The most up-to-date full listing of events and speakers can be found at: www.se4allforum.org.

18 May – Multi-Stakeholder Sessions (Sheraton Times Square Hotel).

Opening 9 am with R&B artist Akon and global leaders. Dozens of sessions organized by energy innovators to share and advance sustainable energy solutions, including for financing, renewable energy – both on and off grid, access to modern cooking fuels, cookstoves and lighting, energy efficiency initiatives, climate action and reducing gas flaring. Also on policy innovations, energy for women’s and children’s health, and growing the sustainable energy movement.

19 May – Multi-Stakeholder Sessions (Sheraton Times Square Hotel). Continues all day.

19 May – NASDAQ Times Square. 9:30am – The SE4All Advisory Board will ring the opening bell at NASDAQ . Media by advance arrangement only.

20 May – Global Energy Ministerial: Policy Dialogue (UN General Assembly Hall)

9 am – Opening statements by President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Heads of State attending. High-level panels on catalyzing a trillion dollar investment, ending energy poverty, doubling energy efficiency and renewable energy, by 2030. Also special panels on energy for women’s and children’s health; BRICS panel on investing in clean energy and expanding energy access; strengthening global cooperation and governance on energy.

21 May – Global Energy Ministerial: Actions and Commitments (UN General Assembly Hall)

Opening statement: Helen Clark, Chair, UN Development Group and Administrator, UNDP.

Announcements of actions and commitments towards sustainable energy for all, including on finance, energy access, energy efficiency and renewables. Special panel on monitoring and tracking for results. Closing statement: Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All. Wrap-up press conference.

BACKGROUND

Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, a multi-stakeholder partnership, aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets: to ensure universal access to modern energy services, to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. At the UN, governments have already identified sustainable energy as one of the new generation of sustainable development goals that are expected to be adopted in September.

Currently one out of five people lives without access to electricity, and nearly 40 per cent of the world’s population rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook and heat their homes, leading to over four million deaths each year, mostly women and children, from the effects of indoor smoke. How to address this energy poverty while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change is a crucial global challenge.

Media Accreditation

For 18-19 May (at Sheraton Times Square Hotel) — Media representatives who wish to cover events on-site should register online as participants for those days of the Forum, in the “media” category. Registration: se4allforum.org.

For 20-21 May (at UN Headquarters) Media representatives who wish to be accredited to cover the Forum on-site should submit a request and required documentation to the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit. Full guidelines as well as accreditation forms are available at http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/request.shtml.

For questions regarding accreditation, e-mail malu@un.org or phone (212) 963-6934.

Media Resources

Press conferences. Will be held on 20-21 May in the UN press briefing room, details to come. UN media credentials are required. A background briefing is planned for the week of 11 May. An updated schedule of press events and briefings will be available the night before in the daily Media Alert at http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/alert.shtml

Website. The latest Forum programme, speakers and other resources will be posted and updated at www.se4allforum.org.

Digital and Social Media. The Forum will be live-tweeted using #SE4ALLForum. In addition, +Social Good (plussocialgood.org), a global platform powered by its partners and funders – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Case Foundation, Caterpillar, Cisco, Enactus, Mashable, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Foundation, and the 92Y? – will feature original content, including Google hang-outs with energy innovators, using #socialgood (contact: jsullivan@unfoundation.org).

IISD Reporting Services will provide daily bulletins, photographs and digital coverage as well as a summary report of the Forum. These will be available online at http://www.iisd.ca from 18 May and will be sent out on social media using @IISDRS.

Multimedia. Selected photographs of the Forum will be available from UN Photo online, along with other multimedia materials, at www.unmultimedia.org.  Additional photos and high-resolution files can be obtained by contacting the UN Photo Library at photolibr@un.org.

Webcast. All Forum events on 20-21 May in the UN General Assembly Hall, as well as press briefings, will be webcast, live and on-demand, at webtv.un.org.  A limited number of plenary events on 18-19 May at the Sheraton Hotel will be webcast with a delay, also at webtv.un.org.

Broadcast. UNTV will cover the Forum live in HD on 20-21 June, schedule at http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/untv.shtml, information tel. 212 963-7650.

TV packages will be available to broadcasters through unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/. Broadcast quality video files can be requested from video-library@un.org.

Media Contacts

Gill Tudor, g.tudor@se4all.org, tel +43-699-145-83404

Pragati Pascale, p.pascale@se4all.org, tel +1 917-367-5534, mob +1 917-744-2114

Media contacts for SE4All partners can be found at www.se4all.org/se4all-forum/media-info/