COP21 Side Event: Sustainable Energy for All and the Climate-Health-Development Nexus
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, HELIO International, the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate, and the United Nations Foundation
invite you to a panel discussion on
Sustainable Energy for All
and the Climate-Health-Development Nexus
(COP 21 Official side event)
keynote remarks by:
Former President of Ireland
Founder, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, Ireland
and a discussion featuring:
Chief Executive Officer
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Richenda Van Leeuwen
Executive Director, Energy Access
United Nations Foundation
Professor Anthony Costello
Co-Chair, 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change
and Director, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
World Health Organization (WHO)
Professor of Energy, University of California Berkeley
Monday, December 7, 2015
15:00 p.m. - 16:30 p.m.
Observer Room 02, (Blue Zone)*
Le Bourget, Paris, France
Sustainable energy is now recognized as essential for development – yet over one billion people still lack access to electricity and a billion more have service only intermittently, limiting their economic development opportunities. More than twice that number, almost three billion people, rely on wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating on rudimentary stoves or open fires. Smoke from polluting and inefficient cooking, lighting, and heating devices kills over four million people a year and causes a range of acute and chronic illnesses and other health impacts. These emissions, which include black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants, are also critical drivers of climate change and environmental degradation, as well as ambient air pollution.
The event will highlight the latest developments on energy access within the Sustainable Energy for All initiative co-led by the UN Secretary-General and the World Bank, focusing in particular on the work of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network and Energy for Women’s and Children’s Health initiative, and their partners. Speakers will discuss proven and emerging approaches to financing and technologies that deliver energy access, as well as climate, health, and development benefits.
*Attendees will need to be credentialed to attend official side events. We are unable to arrange credentials for participants.