Speech-- Workshop on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)

Mar 8, 2014

Agricultural Landscape of Maniema. Credit: UNDP, 2008

The Minister for Water Resources and Electricity,
Distinguished Representatives of International Organizations,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

As you know, promote access for all to a form of sustainable energy is a key element in the search for solutions to achieve sustainable human development at a global level.
Indeed, reliable access to modern energy at reasonable cost is not only a means to contribute to human development - easing the burden on women, improving access to services, bringing electricity for micro enterprises- and rendering agriculture more productive. It is also critical to attracting investment in larger companies that create decent jobs for urban Africans, whose numbers are growing rapidly.
However, in today’s world, one in five has no access to modern electricity grid and almost three billion people rely on traditional fuels (wood, charcoal, plant and animal waste) for cooking and heating.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Recognizing the importance of energy for sustainable development, the General Assembly declared in its resolution 65/151, 2012, International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. On this occasion, the Secretary-General launched a global initiative on sustainable energy for all.

Three interdependent objectives were therefore set for 2030 under this initiative:

1.    Ensure universal access to modern energy services;
2.    Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and
3.    Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix to at least 30% of the energy supply.

The Democratic Republic of Congo, along with many countries around the world joined the global initiative that is consistent with its goals of economic development and poverty reduction.

It is in this context and as directed by the Secretary General of the United Nations and with the agreement of the Minister of Water Resources and Electricity, representing the Congolese Government for this initiative, the United Nations Programme for Development (UNDP) has supported the DRC in conducting a rapid assessment of the situation and needs as well as any gaps to fill to achieve the objectives set for 2030.

Ladies and gentlemen,

This country report submitted today for your consideration and approval is the culmination of an investigation, exchange and analysis of data that took place from November 2012 to July 2013.

As you shall see, the picture offered by the consultants to achieve the three objectives in the DRC of "Energy for All Initiative in 2030" strategy is the extent of the challenges.
There will be first of all a "framework for action" initiative, designed to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in their mobilization efforts, facilitation and monitoring efforts to expand access to energy, promoting standards and policies for efficiency and increase investments focused on renewable energy.

The involvement of the private sector will be critical to help meet the colossal investment needs identified in the report to provide universal access to modern energy services. In order to transform into tangible investments the immense potential that exists in the DRC in renewable energy, a supportive policy environment and capacity building should be implemented.

The effective implementation of the proposed strategy is therefore based on the development of a partnership between the private sector, government and civil society.

Regional technical and financial cooperation (including that of PEAC and CEMAC) and international will be needed to fill the gap that will be left by the lack of national resources. All these will require a real and strong national and international political commitment over the long term.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me conclude my remarks by congratulating the Minister of Water Resources and Electricity for all the efforts he has made ​​to ensure the active participation of the DRC in this global initiative whose implementation would certainly increase significantly the level human development of the country by 2030.

I would finally secure the commitment of UNDP, as a technical partner for the implementation of the Global Initiative SE4ALL "and in collaboration with UNIDO, continued to support the Government of the DRC in mobilizing efforts scaling, sharing lessons, as well as the dissemination of the approach and practice, according to the most appropriate methods.

I thank you and wish you every success in your work.

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