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  • Lead-organizer: Norway
  • 09:00 - 10:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-2

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Energy, Gender and Economic Growth

Organizing partners

UN Foundation
The Elders
World Bank

Introduction

Reaching the goal of sustainable energy to all will only be possible through women?s increased participation in the economy. Norway proposes a side-event to explore the linkages between sustainable energy, gender and development. The event will take the form of a dialogue imagining the impact of decisions made during Rio+20, , looking back from a 2030 perspective. This will followed by a high-level panel discussion including leaders from both industrialized and developing countries as well ass business and NGO leaders. The expected outcome of this event is that member states will endorse the importance of integrating a gender and sustainability perspective in their energy planning and policies.

Detailed programme

OUTPUT/EXPECTED CONTRIBUTION TO THE OUTCOME OF UNCSD/RIO+20
Access to energy and gender equality sit right at the nexus of the sustainable development agenda, spanning all three pillars. Empowerment of women is an important catalyst and a precondition for change. Enabling women to participate fully and equally in the economy and in decision making is crucial for sustainable development, and energy is one of the key areas for sustainable development. The expected outcome of this event is that member states will endorse the importance of integrating a gender and sustainability perspective in their energy planning and policies.

THEMATIC FOCUS
The World Development Report 2012 has established that gender equality is smart economic policy. One of its background reports explores the linkages between ?Energy, Gender and Development?.

The UN Secretary General has launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. . Reaching these ambitious goals will only be possible through women?s increased participation in the economy. Increasing supply of energy to households is important to enable women to participate in the working force. Increasing supply of energy to communities and industry is vital to create new jobs and to establish private enterprises. Furthermore, increased education opportunities for women in energy-related professions like engineering are imperative to reach the SE4All goals.

This event will have its main focus on the access agenda. Countries that successfully provide energy in ways that enable women?s participation in the productive sector and paid employment will experience economic growth, stronger public budgets and better welfare services. Including a gender perspective in energy planning is conducive to improving energy access for both halves of the global population.

The international Energy and Climate Partnership ? Energy+ is an initiative that could contribute directly to the achievement of the SE4All objectives, coordinating international efforts and leveraging financing to increase access to renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency.

SPEAKERS/DRAFT AGENDA
A prominent female leader from the south and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland will have a scripted dialogue imagining taking place in 2030 and looking back at the decisions taken in 2012 that made it possible to ensure women`s participation in the economy and realize the goal of the UNSG - Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

Following this future dialogue we return to 2012 with a panel discussion where world leaders, high-level politicians, business and NGO leaders will share views, possibly on some or all of the following issues (all names are to be confirmed):
- The global case: Sustainable energy, gender and development. Representative from the World Bank. An invitation has been extended to the President of the World Bank
- The Norwegian case: The comparative advantage of women?s participation in the economy. Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg
- Example for inspiration: Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
- Example for inspiration: Energy for women?s sustainable income. Representative from private sector.
- Representative from private sector
- The panel discussion will be moderated by news presenter and journalist Mishal Husain.

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