recommendation by CSD 9, G8 Task Force on Renewable Energy and the UN
Conference on LDCs, the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable
Development (GNESD) was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable
Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
GNESD is aimed at promoting sustainable
development and poverty alleviation through policies and solutions which
expand access to environmentally sound energy services. GNESD will link
established Centres of excellence and regional networks to each other and
to international organisations, governments, financial institutions,
private sector representatives, foundations, and other interested parties.
The proposal to establish GNESD was led by
UNEP in co-operation with UNDP, UNIDO, UN DESA, and the World Bank.
Initial funding partners are the governments of Germany, France, United
Kingdom, Denmark, and the UN Foundation.
The Network will co-ordinate joint
activities on information exchange, analytical studies, policy support and
capacity building. Working groups will be established on an ad-hoc basis.
The initial Working Group includes EDRC (South Africa), Enda (Senegal),
Afrepren (Kenya), Teri (India), Coppe (Brazil), IDEE/Fundacion Bariloche
(Argentina), and possibly AIT and ERI (China). An international Steering
Committee representing the Network partners was created to provide
strategic direction and oversight. The GNESD Secretariat is being
established at Risoe National Laboratory (RNL), Denmark.
additional information visit the GNESD