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Planning & Economic Studies Section (PESS):
Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development

PESS Side Event on Sustainable Energy Development after Rio+20: PESS support to Member States during the 56th IAEA General Conference, on 19 September 2012

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During the 56th IAEA General Conference PESS organized a Side Event on Sustainable Energy Development after Rio+20: PESS support to Member States. The critical role energy plays in the development process is recognized in the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which emphasizes the importance of access to modern energy services for all from a mix including renewable sources, other low-emission and advanced technologies. Activities in PESS's work programme help Member States implement these calls. This side event provided an overview of recently achieved milestones and new initiatives in energy planning tools and capacity building, as well as in energy-economy-environment analysis in sustainable energy development.

Energy for Development

The side event was attended by more than 30 participants. The programme included opening remarks from H-Holger Rogner, Programme Manager and Section Head-PESS, who summarised the international debate on sustainable development since 1992 Earth Summit in Rio all the way to the Rio+20. He highlighted the importance given to energy in the Rio+20 Outcome Document and the UN Secretary General’s initiative on Sustainable Energy for All.

There were five presentations, two from IAEA (PESS) staff, Anjana Das and Ferenc L. Toth, and three from Member States, Mohammad Shawkat Akbar, from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Alenka Kinderman Loncarevic, from Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar (EIHP) and Dalia Streimikiene, from the Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI). PESS presentations described the IAEA’s technical support being provided to the Member States for elaborating energy strategies for sustainable development. These included energy modelling and capacity building activities and 3-E analyses based information dissemination. The presentations from the Member States highlighted the impact the IAEA support has made to their local expertise for conducting energy assessments and to the process of national energy decision making. To see the programme of the Side Event, please click here.

To see each presentation given during the side event, please click on the corresponding link: