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When addressing energy issues, many speakers raised the need for a stand-alone goal on sustainable energy, a topic neglected in the MDGs. Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative was noted by many as a good starting point with its three-tiered approach on access, efficiency and renewables, and additional targets were proposed for example for the energy-water-food-health nexus, women and sustainable energy and enabling environmen, since energy can either aggravate or alleviate many problems.
Speakers noted the several interlinkages between climate change and energy issues and mentioned that without solutions to climate change there can be no irreversible poverty eradication. The post-2015 agenda and the UNFCCC discussions should be mutually reinforcing. When rebuilding after natural disasters it is important to rebuild not only resilient but also climate-smart infrastructure to support mitigation efforts.
The just transition needed towards sustainable energy was remarked by many. It will be of utmost importance to ensure that “miners can turn into renewable energy engineers”, that the current workers will be provided with the new skills needed to minimize social costs of the transformation towards sustainable energy production.
When addressing access issues many noted that participatory processes are required to assess what kind of services the end-users truly find most useful. Providing access and increasing the amount of renewable energy should be seen as issues supporting each other; small scale, decentralized off-grid and mini grid options of renewable energy were raised as solutions for sustainable rural energy production and access.
Several speakers highlighted that women pay the price of traditional, biomass-based energy systems, since they often collect and carry the fuel and suffer the health consequences of cooking smoke and small-particle pollution and often also hazardous combustion by-products. At the same time though it was remarked that sustainable development should not in this regard be only about cleaner cook stoves for women but about true gender equality and shared responsibilities and household chores.
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OP for Business & Industry Major Group
Women's Major Group
Citizens Network for Sustainable Development- C&Y Major Group
Members & Contributors
|Benjamin Sporton ||World Coal Association|
|Carlos Marentes||LA VIA CAMPESINA - International Peasant Movement|
|Carmen Richerzhagen||German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)|
|Gisbert Glaser||International Council for Science (ICSU)|
|Jessie Lydia Henshaw||Commons Cluster|
|Katie Ellis||Chronic Poverty Advisory Network|
|Mans Nilsson||Stockholm Environment Institute|
|Marcella O'Connell ||Future we Need Group|
|Marie-Luise Abshagen||Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung|
|Matthew Reading Smith||Stakeholder Forum |
|Nicole Cardinal||Save the Children|
|Ola Goransson||Division for Sustainable Development (UNDESA)|
|Pen-Chung Chen||Hong Kong Polytechnic University|
|Sascha Gabizon||Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)|
|SOTIRIS KAMENOPOULOS||Tecnhical University of Crete|
|Sunwoo Kang||Environmental Partnership Council|
|Susan Alzner||United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN NGLS)|
|Syed Zahid Ali||Euclid University|
|Tcharbuahbokengo NFINN||Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR)|
|Veronika Kiss||CEEweb for Biodiversity|
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