Africa Launch of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Decade

Moderator:  Ms. Yvonne Ndege, Al Jazeera West Africa

Welcome Remarks:  Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank Group

Panelists:

  • Hon. Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Govt of Ethiopia and Chair of the Bureau of the Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA)
  • Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Rep of the Secretary General on SE4ALL
  • H.E. Prof. Silas Lwakabamba, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of Rwanda
  • Dr. Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure, African Union Commission
  • Mr. Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Rapporteur:    Mr. Alex Rugamba, Director, Energy, Environment & Climate Change Department, AfDB

Description:

The UN General Assembly declared at the end of 2012 a decade of Sustainable Energy for All for the period from 2014-2024. The event will mark the Africa launch of the decade with the AfDB hosting the SE4ALL Africa Hub in partnership with the AU, NEPAD and UNDP. The event will highlight the opportunities that SE4ALL presents for Africa given the enabling role of energy and discuss how the challenges in relation to achieving the three SE4ALL objectives in Africa can be addressed. A key theme of focus during the first year of the decade is the energy-women-health nexus and the panel will also reflect on this dimension. Given the strong response from Africa with 42 countries having opted-in, panelists will reflect on early success stories in Africa, encourage involvement of all stakeholders, establishment of new partnerships and announcement of commitments that can lead to concrete change on the ground.


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If you look at the money they get from fishing in African waters, it is more than the money they send to Africa through development aid. This is a case of the rich versus the poor. Therefore, as leaders, we must take action.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

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