Upcoming LEDS Events
Webinar: Guide for Designing Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
Three webinars are being scheduled for the following dates/times to accommodate participants from various time zones:
16 June 2015 12:00 PM EDT; 17 June 2015 11:00 PM EDT; 18 June 10:00 AM EDT
The Guide provides step-by-step guidance for policy makers and practitioners developing mandatory greenhouse gas reporting programs, covering these four basic steps: determine program objectives; create an enabling environment for program design and implementation; determine program structure and requirements; and conduct program review. It is based on the experiences of 13 regional, national and subnational GHG reporting programs – existing as well as under development – representing over 35 countries. Mandatory GHG reporting programs collect valuable emissions data on a recurring basis generally from facilities and/or companies whose annual emissions exceed a certain amount or who consume large amounts of energy. Policymakers and government officials can potentially benefit from this guidance by utilizing the readily available insights captured here to develop reporting programs aligned with their domestic priorities. You can find more information about mandatory GHG programs and the report in our blog post at http://www.wri.org/blog/2015/05/global-look-mandatory-greenhouse-gas-reporting-programs.
Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015
16 - 20 June 2015
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Energy Council (WEC), and the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) will hold Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015 in Manila during June 15-19, 2015. The course will include pre-forum events like the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and the Quantum Leap in Wind Workshop. ACEF 2014’s presentations and workshops brought together a wide range of policymakers, project developers, investors, and technical experts from across the region to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the clean energy sector.
ADB initiated the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) in 2006, with the aim of sharing best practices in policy, technology, and finance to meet the region's climate and energy security challenges. ACEF is an event, with a mix of pre-forum events, plenary sessions with top-level keynote speakers, panel discussions, and Deep Dive Workshops on specific topics of interest to the Asia Clean Energy Community. For more information please visit: http://asialeds.org/events/asia-clean-energy-forum-2015 [LEDGP.org Page(s): 
Vienna Energy Forum 2015
Networking Event: Women for Sustainable Energy
19 June 2015, Lunch Room (Antekammer); 18-20 June 2015 Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria
UNIDO will host a special networking event on “Women for Sustainable Energy” to reaffirm UNIDO and its partners’ strong commitment to gender mainstreaming in all energy initiatives, and to further recognize and promote the catalytic role of women in the production and consumption of sustainable energy. Distinguished guests will be invited to speak on strategies to strengthen and promote the energy-gender nexus. The event will provide a platform for participants to exchange knowledge and deliberate on the impacts of socio-cultural norms and perceptions of gender that create classifications of “men’s only” and “women’s appropriate” jobs in the energy sector, as well as to discuss and connect ideas surrounding women’s economic empowerment and sustainable energy access, which can result in innovative synergies and collaboration.
This event is hosted and organized by UNIDO, in close collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), ENERGIA, and with the support of the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP).
Host: Mr. Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Special guests (tbc):
Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Ms. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Ms. Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund (GCF) Ms. Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)
UNIDO-GEF project in Gambia: Ms. Ndey Sireng Bakurin, Executive Director of the National Environment Agency and GEF operational focal point for Gambia, will present the GEF-UNIDO project that seeks to promote market-based dissemination of renewable energy in Gambia and already developed possibilities to promote female participation.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change: The UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change initiative shines a light on women around the world who are making change happen in their communities, cities and countries. Ms. Wandee Khunchornyakong has been awarded a UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award as a woman leading Thailand down a cleaner path through her Solar Power Company Group, the largest solar power generation company in Thailand.
ECOW-GEN #standtall initiative and ECOWAS Youth Gender and Energy Writing Contest: Ms. Monica Madueke, ECOW-GEN Programme Coordinator at the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, will present two winners of the ECOWAS Youth Gender and Energy Writing Contest. Two Nigerian students, Chinonso Onah and Anna Umegboro, will present the perspective of youth on the energy-gender nexus.
ENERGIA’s Women’s Empowerment initiative: Ms. Elizabeth Cecelski will present ENERGIA’s commitment to SE4All this initiative aims to empower 3000 women entrepreneurs in the delivery of energy services, reaching over 2 million consumers in Asia and Africa.
Vienna Energy Forum 2015
Gender Side Event
20 June 2015, 10:45 - 12:00, Geheime Ratsstube Room
Background In recent years, women’s economic empowerment and sustainable energy have emerged as key components of inclusive and sustainable growth, both as goals and more significantly as catalysts and strategies to accelerate and promote poverty reduction through productive activities. This welcome recognition has impacted the international discourse surrounding the global development agenda, and now gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEEW) have become widely accepted as preconditions for the success and sustainability of any initiative - whether it be policy formulation, project design and implementation, capacity building, etc.
This trend is of particular interest and importance at this time, as the international community prepares for the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015, and an agreement on a new international climate regime at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties meeting in November 2015.
As a contribution to the discussions leading up to the two landmark events that will shape the direction of the international development agenda and climate action for the next decades, this side event aims to further explore the synergies of the energy and gender nexus, and demonstrate how rethinking the energy-gender nexus can add value to sustainable and inclusive development.
Within the context of the proposal for Sustainable Development Goals, and the much anticipated UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris, the speakers will be asked to present their expert views and experiences in promoting the mutually reinforcing goals of sustainable energy and women’s economic empowerment. Panelists will present lessons learned and potential ways forward to successfully promote and enhance the role of women as active participants and leaders for production and consumption of sustainable energy. More specifically, the speakers will be asked to address the following topics:
• What are the interlinkages between energy and gender and why is it important to understand and consider them in sustainable energy planning?
• Progress on gender equality has been made in some areas. However, the potential of women to engage in, contribute to and benefit from sustainable development as leaders, participants and agents of change has not been fully realized. What are key roles for women in driving innovative climate action in a fair and equitable manner? What is needed to empower women so that they can have a leading role (as entrepreneurs, innovators, manufacturers, producers, advisors and promoters of sustainable energy technology) and add value to sustainable and inclusive development in the energy sector?
• Broad consensus exists that sustained efforts are needed to retain and bolster the energy industry female component in order to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce, which is of particular importance at a time when the world is confronted with climate change, rising energy demand by tapping into ever-more complex and remote carbon reservoirs. What are possibilities to tap this potential and what are the main challenges for women in the energy sector?
• How can we strengthen the potential of women so that it results in concrete action in support of the Post-2015 development process and gender equality in general?
LEDS LAC Webinar: Climate and Disaster Risk Screening: tools for enabling resilient development
23 June 2015 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Introduction. Ana María Majano. Coordinator of the LEDS LAC Secretariat, INCAE Business School.
Introduction to the World Bank’s Climate Screening Tools. Ana Elisa Bucher. Climate Change Specialist, The World Bank.
Nicaragua: Climate Risk Screening in National Projects. Ricardo Sanchez. Planning Specialist, Office of Public Investments, Ministry of Finance, Nicaragua.
About the webinar Considering in advance the impact of climate change and natural disasters on development plans and projects can increase the long-term success of such initiatives and promote resilient development, while realizing multiple co-benefits. The Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools, developed by the World Bank, is a compilation of tools available for both the national level (sectoral strategy and policy) as well as the project level, to help practitioners understand potential risks and priority actions for public programs and investments.
This webinar will present in detail the Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools and their functions. The webinar will also present the first experiences using the tool in the Ministry of Finance of Nicaragua, as well as various sector perspectives regarding the need to identify risks in climate sensitive projects in the pursuit of climate-resilient growth.
The webinar will be held in Spanish. If you have questions, please contact LEDS LAC Platform Secretariat: email@example.com.
For more information abour the speakers and the tool visit: http://ledslac.org/climate-screening-eng
Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2015
26 June - 8 July 2015 Bangkok, Thailand
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the second session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2015) for soliciting Asia-Pacific regional input to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2015 which will be held from 26 June to 8 July 2015 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
For more information please visit: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd2
CEADIR Discussion Series: Accelerating LEDS Development and Implementation
14 July 2015
Low emission development strategies (LEDS) help countries accelerate their transition to climate-resilient, sustainable economic development with lower releases of global greenhouse gases. The US Government's Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) initiative helps partner countries develop and implement LEDS and spans five key steps: 1) organizing the process, 2) assessing the current situation, 3) analyzing options, 4) setting priorities for actions, and 5) implementation and monitoring.
LEDS have important implications for both the public and private sectors (business and civil society). On July 14, the CEADIR Discussion Series will discuss how to mainstream LEDS in economic development planning, with particular attention to the role of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for climate change mitigation.
Matthew Ogonowski (USAID/W Global Climate Change Office) will provide an overview of key elements of LEDS mainstreaming and moderate the discussion. Ron Benioff of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will discuss the current status of LEDS mainstreaming and lessons learned from the LEDS Global Partnership and Clean Energy Solutions Center. Gwendolyn Andersen (CEADIR Project, Abt Associates) will share examples of where LEDS mainstreaming is working and why.
The live event will be held at Crown Agents, 1129 20th Street, Washington D.C.—with a live streaming webinar available. Discussion recordings will be available after the event.
For more information please visit: https://ceadirseries.adobeconnect.com/jul2015_ceadirdiscussion/event/event_info.html
International Conference on Climate Change Resilience (CCR)
5 - 6 October 2015 Puducherry, India
The Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Pondicherry University, in association with the Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN), will be organizing the International Conference on Climate Change Resilience (CCR) on October 5-6, 2015 in Pondicherry.
For more information please visit: http://asialeds.org/events/international-conference-climate-change-resilience-ccr
For information about past events, see past partnership events.