EnDev emphasises ´Leave No One Behind´ commitment at SDG7 Global Conference

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Bangladesh 2018/02/26

26 February 2018

Bangkok, 23 February 2018 – EnDev participated at the SDG7 Global Conference and stressed the importance on the ‘Leave No One Behind’ agreement in the current access to modern energy discussion

Text with photo: Panel discussion ‘Achieving SDG7 in Asia and the Pacific’ at the SDG7 Global Conference (Bangkok, 21-23 February 2018). Photo by Erick Ratajczak, UN.

UNO Erick Ratajczak SDG7 Global Conference, Bangkok, 23 February 2018.jpg Text with photo: Panel discussion ‘Achieving SDG7 in Asia and the Pacific’ at the SDG7 Global Conference (Bangkok, 21-23 February 2018). Photo by Erick Ratajczak, UN.

EnDev actively participated at the SDG7 Global Conference in Bangkok. In the panel discussion ‘Achieving SDG7 in Asia and the Pacific’, EnDev representative, Edu Willemse, stressed the importance to provide energy services to communities in rural and remote areas. “Strengthening distribution channels and working with tailored marketing strategies to reach the people in rural and remote areas is essential for achieving the ambitious SDG7 goal” he stated. He gave the example of the EnDev improved cookstoves program in Bangladesh, which has so far provided energy to four million people in rural and remote areas.

In the panel discussion Mr. Satya Widya Yudha, Member of Parliament in Indonesia, stressed the issue of affordability of energy services in order to reach the poor and referred to the Indonesian efforts in the clean cooking program. The Asia director of the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Ashvin Dayal, highlighted the importance of transparency in prices and tariffs in the energy debate at country level and furthermore stressed the need for public-private partnerships in energy distribution models.

Among the other panellist were government officials from India, Bangladesh, China and Tajikistan and furthermore leaders from the ASEAN Centre for Energy and the SAARC Energy Centre. Some 200 participants joined the discussion.

Energy and Displaced People

Earlier in the conference, EnDev also joined as panellist in the `Energy and Displaced People´ side event. In this panel discussion Willemse gave a brief overview of EnDev´s portfolio in displaced and refugee settings in six African countries and stressed the need for a closer cooperation between humanitarian and development organisations to address the energy needs in refugee camps.

The SDG7 Global Conference in Bangkok is one of the preparatory meetings in the run up to the SDG7 review, which will be discussed at Ministerial level during the High Level Political Forum in July 2018 in New York.