Civil Society Consultation on the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
25 April 2012, London
On Wednesday 25 April Practical Action, ONE and Christian Aid co-hosted a Civil Society Consultation in London. The consultation brought together a panel of members from the Secretary General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, together with more than 50 representatives from environmental and development NGOs to exchange views on the SE4ALL Initiative and to question and challenge civil society’s potential role in it.
The High-Level Group panel consisted of 3 members, led by Helen Clark, ex-Prime Minister of New Zealand and current head of the United Nations Development Programme, and 3 members of the SE4ALL Technical Group.
By the end of the consultation, there seemed to be universal agreement from NGOs that the consultation process needs to continue, communication of the process needs to be accessible and that the outcomes of consultations need to be genuinely considered.
There is a full report of the consultation featured on the UN NGLS website .
We would like the consultation to be seen as the first step for Civil Society to work together to overcome one of the great challenges of this century; delivering sustainable energy for all.