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Description/achievement of initiative

The objective of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) is to make it easier for Members to contribute to the provision of environmentally sound energy services underpinning sustainable development. The Network does so by supporting amongst its Members information exchange, learning, analysis and study, policy support, and capacity building.

Results expected include:
1. A network of energy/development/environment institutions in developing, transition, and industrialised countries that increases contact and co-operation between relevant institutions/agencies and financing bodies, and national and regional experts on a range of energy for sustainable development topics.
2. A general strengthening of all Members in their ability to acquire, assimilate, and apply existing knowledge and experiences made available through the Network.
3. Provision of quality advisory services by Network Member institutions to public and private sector decision-makers on a range of energy for sustainable development issues, resulting in better, more informed energy policies and decisions that support the wider goals of sustainable development.
4. Improved understanding of the links between sustainable energy and other development and environment priorities, and technology and policy options, leading to better articulation of practical policies that can be adopted, so as to promote energy for sustainable development, and
5. Changes in policies and programmes of governments and their development co-operation partners, and private sector investments, so that these favour energy for sustainable development approaches.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of Denmark - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of France - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Germany - Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
Government of Germany - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - United Kingdom

Major Groups:
E7 (group of electric utilities from G7 countries) (Canada)

UN System:
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (France)
The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) - New York, USA (United States of America)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (United States of America)

Fundación Bariloche, (Argentina)
Institute for Electrotechnics and Energy - University of Săo Paulo (IEE/USP), (Brazil)
Institute for Research and Postgraduate Studies of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), (Brazil)
Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), (China)
The UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC), (Denmark)
University of the South Pacific (USP), (Fiji)
Laboratoire d'Economie de la Production et de l'Intégration Internationale-Département Energie et Politiques de l'Environnement (LEPII-EPE) at l'université Pierre Mendčs-France, Grenoble, (France)
Fraunhofer Institute, (Germany)
KFA Forschungszentrum Jülich, (Germany)
The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, (India)
Institute of Energy Economics (IEEJ), (Japan)
The African Energy Policy Research Network / Foundation for Woodstove Dissemination, AFREPREN/FWD, (Kenya)
The Energy Research Group (ERG) of the American University of Beirut, (Lebanon)
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), (Netherlands)
Environnement et Développement du Tiers Monde (ENDA-TM), (Senegal)
The Energy and Development Research Centre (EDRC), (South Africa)
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University (IIIEE), (Sweden)
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), (Thailand)
Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre Regional Centre, MEDREC (Tunisia)
AEA Technology, Future Energy Solutions (FES), (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Stockholm Environment Institute, Boston Center (SEI-B), Tellus Institute, (United States of America)
U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), (United States of America)

Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2007-12-03
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