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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

ECOWAS-GFSE-GEF-UNIDO High Level Energy Forum
This 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” will take place from 29-31 October 2012 in Accra, Ghana. It is being 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).

Participating Energy and Environment Ministers from ECOWAS countries, as well as international experts, will take part in discussions and presentations, on inter alia: the UN Sustainable Energy For All Initiative (SE4All); the ECOWAS Initiative on Energy Efficient Lighting; the ECOWAS Initiative on Safe, Sustainable and Affordable Cooking Energy; the ECOWAS Observatory for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; high performance distribution of electricity; the ECOWAS Initiative on Financing Sustainable Energy; the contribution of the civil society and private sector to reach SE4ALL in the ECOWAS region; and the contribution of the GEF Strategic Programme for West Africa towards SE4ALL.

The meeting is expected to launch and adopt of a number of regional initiatives and policies, including the: launch of SE4All in the ECOWAS region and establishment of an implementation framework of for the ECOWAS region; adoption of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy and ECOWAS Energy Efficiency and their respective action plans; and the adoption of the ECOWAS Small Scale Hydro Power Program.

The meeting will be followed by the “First International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference,” scheduled to convene from 1-2 November 2012.

IISD RS will be providing daily digital coverage and a summary report of the Forum. Return to this site on Monday, 29 October 2012, for more information.
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