07 Jun 2012
The Sustainable Energy for All
The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) 4-day mission to Nepal ended with a hope to get different partners working together on energy sector in the country. SE4ALL is UN Secretary General’s initiative launched in September 2011. The initiative aims at ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the rate of energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
The mission comprised of team leader Minoru Takada, senior policy advisor on energy to the executive office of the UN Secretary General and members from UNDP, European Union, Embassy of Norway, DFID, Practical Action, World Bank and US Embassy. While in Kathmandu, the mission held meetings with National Planning Commission, Water Energy Commission Secretariat, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Local Development, Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, Alternative Energy Promotion Center, private sector, Energy Donor Coordination Group and the UN Country Team in Nepal.
Appreciating the good works in renewable energy in Nepal, the team leader urged the private sector to come up with priority areas to work in the energy sector in near future and urged the donor community to join hands in this initiative. The mission identified National Planning Commission (NPC) as the suitable institution to take the lead coordination role for this initiative at the national level.
UN Resident Coordinator, Robert Piper suggested that the UN would start discussions with the development partners on how the initiative can be taken forward, however the mission report outlying the role of the government would be helpful for the UN and development partners to initiate informal discussion with the National Planning Commission. He further added, prior to formal engagement on the initiative, it would be necessary to receive formal acceptance of the government to the SE4ALL initiative.
Nepal is the first country that this mission has visited in Asia. As a starting point to the SE4ALL initiative, a dialogue has begun with a number of countries, including visits to as many countries possible before Rio + 20. The visits will help to explore how all the development partners can work together to achieve these goals. For developing countries, including Nepal, this will mean making an assessment of respective conditions and circumstances, including nationally-tailored goals and targets, and exploring ways for partnerships in the energy sector.