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Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice
Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) - Global Forum for Sustainable Energy (GFSE) - Global Environment Facility (GEF) - UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) High Level Energy Forum

29-31 October 2012 | Accra, Ghana
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Highlights for Monday, 29 October 2012
ECOWAS-GFSE-GEF-UNIDO High Level Energy Forum
The high-level forum, hosted by the Government of Ghana and themed “Paving the Way for Sustainable Energy for All in West Africa through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” opened on 29 October 2012 in Accra, Ghana. Organized by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Global Forum for Sustainable Energy (GFSE), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the event saw hundreds of participants meet in two plenary sessions and six workshops on topics ranging from financing renewable energy in developing countries to energy efficient lighting and clean cookstoves.
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Ghanaian musicians welcoming the participants.
Welcome session
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From L-R: Kandeh Yumkella, Director General of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Chair of UN Energy; Irene Giner-Reichl, President of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy; Ebrima Njie, Comissioner for Infrastructure, ECOWAS
Kandeh Yumkella, Director General of UNIDO and Chair of UN Energy
Irene Giner-Reichl, President of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy
André Laparrière, Deputy CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, Deputy Minister for Energy of Ghana
Ebrima Njie, Commissioner for Infrastructure, ECOWAS
Marcel Alers, Head, Energy Infrastructure Transport and Technology, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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Participants during the welcome session.
Session 1
Kandeh Yumkella, Director General of UNIDO and Chair of UN Energy
Thomas Johansson, Professor Emeritus, University of Lund, Sweden and Co-Chair of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA)
Rana Adib, Policy Advisor, REN21
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Mario Tot, Energy System Analyst, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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Raffi Balian, US State Department
Session 2
Sekou Oumar Traore, Director of CNESOLER, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Resources, Mali
Martin Lugmayr, ECOWAS, ECREEE and UNIDO
Armand Darkehoun, Director for Energy, Benin
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Imamuddeen Talba, Senior Energy Advisor, Federal Ministry of Power, Nigeria
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Abraão Andrade Lopes, Former Director for Energy, Cape Verde
ECOWAS Initative on Safe, Sustainable and Affordable Cooking Energy breakout group
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From L-R: Bah Saho, ECREEE; Mireille Affoudji, German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Senegal; Debajit Palit, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI); Alain Guinebault, GERES; Chair Rose Mensah-Kutin, ENERGIA Network; Radha Muthiah, Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves; Mahama Kappiah, ECREEE
Chair Rose Mensah-Kutin, ENERGIA Network
Mahama Kappiah, ECREEE
Bah Saho, ECREEE
Workshop on the ECOWAS Initiative on Energy Efficient Lighting
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From L-R: Michael Scholand, UNEP; Ofosu Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary Director of Ghana's Energy Commission; Ibrahim Soumaila, ECREEE; Zura Nukusheva UNEP
Michael Scholand, UNEP
Ofosu Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary Director of Ghana's Energy Commission
Zura Nukusheva, UNEP
Workshop on the ECOWAS Observatory for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
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Workshop on the ECOWAS Initiative on Financing Sustainable Energy
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From L-R: David Vilar, ECREEE; Lawrence Agbemabiese, UNEP; Demba Diop, Energy Expert; Vanessa Laubin, Geres; François Greaume, Agence de ADEME, France; Martin Lugmayr, ECREEE; Chair John Wasielewski, former Director of the Office of Development Credit at the U.S. Agency for International Development (US AID); Andreas Karner, Austrian Development Agency
Hyacinth Elayo, ECREEE
Lawrence Agbemabiese, UNEP
Chair John Wasielewski, former Director of the Office of Development Credit at the U.S. Agency for International Development (US AID)
Workshop on High Performance Distribution of Electricity
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Participants at the Workshop on High Performance Distribution of Electricity.
Mahama Kappiah, ECREEE
Bruno Leclerc, Agence Française de Développement
Algai Basiru Gaye, ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority
Workshop on the contribution of the civil society and private sector to reach the rural energy access targets in ECOWAS by 2030
Participants networking
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