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Coverage of Selected Side Events for Sunday, 27 September 2015 at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

27 September 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York


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View of UN headquarters complex, venue of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

Participants watching a video during the side event on Role of Partnerships in Implementing SDG 7 on Energy.

View of UN headquarters complex, venue of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

Jim Yong Kim, President, the World Bank, speaking during the
side event on Beyond the SDGs: A Fresh Start for Planet Earth?

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin on the Side (ENBOTS), has provided daily web coverage and summaries of selected side events from the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/post2015-summit/



Implementing SDG 7:
The Role of partnerships in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all

Presented by the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative and the Government of Denmark

The high-level event on ‘Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 7: The Role of partnerships in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all' celebrated the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy and showcased commitments and actions towards SDG 7 by a wide range of stakeholders, including high-level representatives of governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. More »


Opening Segment


Panel for ‘Opening Segment’ (L-R): Rachel Kyte, CEO designate, SE4All; Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank; UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank; Kristian Jensen, Foreign Minister, Denmark; and Mogens Lykketoft, President, UN General Assembly.


Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank

Rachel Kyte, CEO designate, SE4All


UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank


Mogens Lykketoft, President, UN General Assembly

Kristian Jensen, Foreign Minister, Denmark


Ensure Universal Access to Affordable, Reliable, and Modern Energy Services


Panel for ‘Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services’ (L-R): Dejan Ostojic, the World Bank; Radha Muthiah, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves; David Hallam, UK Envoy for Post 2015 Development Goals; Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development; Kandeh Yumkella, former Special Representative and CEO, SE4All; Lionel Zinsou, Prime Minister, Benin; Naif Alotaibi, Deputy Minister for Petroleum Affairs, Saudi Arabia; Reema Nanavaty, Self Employed Women’s Association, India; and Parminder Vir, The Tony Elumelu Foundation.


Radha Muthiah, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Kandeh Yumkella, former Special Representative and CEO, SE4All


Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

Naif Alotaibi, Deputy Minister for Petroleum Affairs, Saudi Arabia


Lionel Zinsou, Prime Minister, Benin

Reema Nanavaty, Self Employed Women’s Association, India


Parminder Vir, The Tony Elumelu Foundation

David Hallam, UK Envoy for Post 2015 Development Goals


Dejan Ostojic, the World Bank


Increase Substantially the Share of Renewable Energy in the Global Energy Mix by 2030


Panel for ‘Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030’ (L-R): Francesco Starace, General Manager, ENEL; Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, France; Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment and Housing, Bahamas; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Isabella Lovin, Minister of International Development Cooperation of Sweden; Andra Rupprechter, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment, and Water Management, Austria; and Peder Holk Nielsen, President & CEO, Novozymes.


Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, France


Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment and Housing, Bahamas

Isabella Lovin, Minister of International Development Cooperation of Sweden


Peder Holk Nielsen, President & CEO, Novozymes

Francesco Starace, General Manager, ENEL


Andra Rupprechter, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment, and Water Management, Austria


Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030


Panel for ‘Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030’ (L-R): Fleming Voetmann, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Danfoss; Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver, Canada; Ludovico Alcorta, UNIDO; Masahiko Horie, Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs, Japan; Martin Bille Hermann, State Secretary of Development Policy, Denmark; Alexi Texler, First Deputy Minister of Energy, Russian Federation; Inger Andersen, Director General IUCN; Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF; and Stephen Groff, Vice President, Asian Development Bank.


Alexi Texler, First Deputy Minister of Energy, Russian Federation

Inger Andersen, Director General IUCN


Martin Bille Hermann, State Secretary of Development Policy, Denmark

Masahiko Horie, Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs, Japan


Ludovico Alcorta, UNIDO

Stephen Groff, Vice President, Asian Development Bank


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF

Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver, Canada


Fleming Voetmann, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Danfoss


Closing Segment - Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7


Panel for ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7’ (L-R): Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; Tone Skogen, Deputy Minister, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General, UNEP; Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister, Iceland; Ingrid Hoven, Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Steve Howard, IKEA Group; and Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA.


Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General, UNEP

Tone Skogen, Deputy Minister, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway


Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister, Iceland

Ingrid Hoven, Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany


Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA

Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States


Steve Howard, IKEA Group


+ More Information:

www.se4all.org/

+ Contacts:

Pragati Pascale, Communications Coordinator, SE4All - pascale@un.org


Beyond the SDGs:
A Fresh Start for Planet Earth?

Presented by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF
Jim Yong Kim, President, the World Bank, stressed that putting a price on carbon is the most important element in tackling climate change.
L.T. Tobgay, Prime Minister, Bhutan, underscored the need to keep the eyes on the ball and focus on social inclusiveness, not only GDP.
Judith Rodin, President, the Rockefeller Foundation, said development is not a zero sum game.
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Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF, raised the issue of global commons, which are “everybody’s benefits but nobody’s business.”
Thomas L. Friedman, writer and New York Times columnist
Johan Rockström, Director, Stockholm Resilience Center, underlined that "we humans are great at rising above crises."

In the context of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the High-Level side event ‘Beyond the SDGs – A Fresh Start for Planet Earth?’ looked at the needs, challenges and opportunities to protect the global commons, Earth's shared natural resources, on an increasingly crowded planet. Leaders from government, business, international agencies, and academia engaged in a free-flowing conversation – moderated by Thomas L. Friedman, writer and New York Times columnist – on what successful implementation of the SDGs will mean for people and the planet.

Opening the event, Jim Yong Kim, President, the World Bank, said the poor people who did not put the carbon in the air need to have access to energy. He noted that the World Bank’s priorities include: putting a price on carbon, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, climate smart agriculture, and clean and livable cities.

L.T. Tobgay, Prime Minister, Bhutan, stressed that social inclusiveness is essential for resilience. He mentioned that Bhutan’s constitution says 65% of the country needs to be covered by forest, while 52% of the forest area is protected by law. He noted that the SDGs cast light on two emerging areas of development, environment and good governance, adding that good governance is the key to the paradigm shift towards sustainable development.

Judith Rodin, President, the Rockefeller Foundation, underlined that for every dollar invested in development over the last 30 years, one dollar was wasted in disasters. She spoke about the “resilience dividend,” explaining that one dollar invested in resilience can save four dollars. She explained that governments and stakeholders can get more value per dollar by integrating resilience. Rodin said young people have an extraordinary transformational capacity and are an important part of good governance, adding that each generation has the opportunity to change the course of history.

Johan Rockström, Director, Stockholm Resilience Center, explained that "we are at the point where we are about to push ourselves beyond the planet's boundaries, as damages caused to the climate system, the ozone layer, and the oceans can tip us out of our system." He however noted that the window is still open for the transition to a path that can keep the world in a planetary equilibrium and help it achieve prosperity within a stable Earth system. He underlined that “the SDGs are maybe the biggest decision in history,” further mentioning that the Declaration that accompanies them “truly marks a paradigm shift to sustainable development.” The problem with the SDGs, he added, is that they are rolled out as if they are understood, when actually many fail to understand that they are not a Millennium Development Goals (MDG) + agenda. The SDGs do not only complete the unfinished business of the MDGs he explained, but they are a much more complex agenda, which requires humans to reconnect with their planet.

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF, identified two major challenges: development is still being conceptualized in silos; and the management of global commons – oceans, air, land, forests – which do not have a market price and represent a challenge for governments. She also stressed the need for: greening the supply chain; involving stakeholders at all levels; and thinking of cities as mechanisms for governing the global goods.

Taking the floor, civil society and private sector representatives discussed issues including: climate change as a human rights issue; the role of young people in tackling climate change; and the need to transition to sustainable consumption and production patterns (SCP).

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Panel (L-R): Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF; L.T. Tobgay, Prime Minister, Bhutan; Thomas L. Friedman, writer and New York Times columnist; Judith Rodin, President, the Rockefeller Foundation; and Johan Rockström, Director, Stockholm Resilience Center.
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+ More Information:

www.thegef.org/gef/

+ Contacts:

Robert Bisset, Head of Communications, the GEF - rbisset@thegef.org


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A Fresh Start for Planet Earth?



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