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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

Highlights for Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Participants reconvened on Tuesday, for the second sunny day of the ECOWAS-GFSE-GEF-UNIDO High Level Energy Forum Towards Sustainable Energy for All in West Africa. Delegates spent the day in plenary, engaging in high-level discussions on the GEF Strategic Programme for West Africa (SPWA) and moving ECOWAS renewable energy and energy efficiency policies to action.

Participants bustled between these discussions and side events on UNEP’s Rural Energy Enterprise Development programme, and best practices in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The day concluded with a ministerial session which saw the launch of five ECOWAS initiatives on energy efficiency.
Welcome session
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The dias during the welcome session.
Irene Giner-Reichl, President of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy
Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE
Kandeh Yumkella, Director General of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Chair of UN Energy
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Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology for Ghana
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André Laperrière, Deputy CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
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Participants during the welcome session.
Session 4: Contribution of the GEF Strategic Programme for West Africa (SPWA) to energy access and energy security
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From L-R: Co-Chair André Laperrière, GEF; Co-chair Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change Branch, UNIDO; Franck Jesus, Senior Climate Change Specialist, GEF; Jafaru Abdulrahman, Observatory project officer, ECREEE
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Co-chair Pradeep Monga, UNIDO
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Franck Jesus, GEF
Jafaru Abdulrahman, ECREEE
Benoit Lebot, UNDP
Alois Mhlanga, UNIDO

Highlights for Wednesday, 31 October 2012

On Wednesday, the Forum's 323 participants reconvened in a morning ministerial session where resolutions on renewable energy and energy efficiency were discussed and adopted. The resolutions serve as the main outcomes of the meeting, focusing on the ECOWAS Policy on Renewable Energy; ECOWAS Policy on Energy Efficiency; the ECOWAS Small Hydro Power Program; and the ECOWAS Bioenergy Strategy Framework. The afternoon was composed of a high-level panel discussion on achieving the SE4ALL in West Africa.
11th Meeting of ECOWAS Energy Ministers
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From L-R: Ahmed Sanogo, Deputy Director of Energy, Ministry of Energy, Mali; Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE; Chair Oluniyi Robbin Coker, Minister of Energy and Water, Sierra Leone; Ebrima Njie, Commissioner for Infrastructure, ECOWAS; Henry Kimber, Minister for Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberia
Chair Oluniyi Robbin Coker, Minister of Energy and Water, Sierra Leone
Ebrima Njie, ECOWAS
Emmanuel Kofi-Buah, Deputy Minister of Energy for Petroleum, Ghana
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Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE
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Henry Kimber, Minister for Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberia
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Ahmed Sanogo, Ministry of Energy, Mali
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Armand Dakehoun, Ministry of Energy, Benin
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Participants during the Energy Ministers' Meeting.
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National flags of the high-level participants from West Africa.
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A participant posing a question to the Energy Ministers.
Sustainable Energy For All - High Level Panel Discussion
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From L-R: Oluniyi Robbin Coker, Minister of Energy and Water, Sierra Leone; Victor James Gbeho, Advisor on Foreign Relations for the Government of Ghana; Irene Giner-Reichl, President of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE); Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, ECOWAS President; Kandeh Yumkella, Director General of The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Claude Maerten, EU Ambassador to Ghana
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Victor James Gbeho, Advisor on Foreign Relations, Ghana
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Oluniyi Robbin Coker, Minister of Energy and Water, Sierra Leone
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Claude Maerten, EU Ambassador to Ghana
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Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, ECOWAS President
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From L-R: Amadou Zakou, African Development Bank (AfDB); Frank Wouters, Deputy Director-General of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); André Laperrière, Deputy CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF); Venkata Ramana Putti, Senior Energy Specialist, Sustainable Energy Department, World Bank; Frédéric Clavier, French Ambassador to Ghana; Olga Cabarga, Ambassador of Spain in Ghana; Micheal Linhart, Director General of Development Cooperation in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Irene Giner-Reichl, GFSE
Micheal Linhart, Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Frédéric Clavier, French Ambassador to Ghana
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Frank Wouters, IRENA
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Venkata Ramana Putti, World Bank
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Amadou Zakou, AfDB
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André Laperrière, GEF
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Olga Cabarga, Embassy of Spain in Ghana
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Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO
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