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    UNIS/MA/111
    10 July 2015

    Re-issued as received

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Join Sustainable Energy for All at the

    Third International Conference on Financing for Development

    High Level Event on

    Scaling up Finance for Sustainable Energy Investments

    Ballroom II, Hilton Hotel Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Monday, 13 July 2015, 4:00 - 6:00pm

    The UN's Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) in Addis Ababa will run from 13-16 July in Addis Ababa, gathering senior leaders from government, business, international organisations and NGOs. Governments will negotiate and agree on measures aimed at supporting the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

    What?

    Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) will be contributing to the UN's Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa with a High-Level Side-Event on Financing Sustainable Energy for All, backed up by a detailed expert report with concrete recommendations on how to scale up investment in the sector.

    Speakers for the SE4All high-level event include:

    Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

    Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia (tbc)

    Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia

    Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iceland

    The event will see the release of a report by the SE4All Advisory Board's Finance Committee on Scaling Up Finance for Sustainable Energy Investments, which identifies concrete ways to increase crucial private-sector investment by a potential US$120 billion a year through innovative financing structures. The report also recommends ways to improve the pipeline of suitable projects, particularly in developing countries.

    According to SE4All's latest estimate, investment of at least US$1 trillion per year will be needed from the public and private sectors to achieve the goal of sustainable energy for all by 2030 - three times current financing levels.

    Where?

    High-Level Event on Financing Sustainable Energy for All:

    Ballroom II, Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

    When?

    Monday, 13 July 2015, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.

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    Media Accreditation/Registration

    The event takes place during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) in Addis Ababa, and is open to all delegates and media representatives who are registered for the Conference. More information about the Conference, including registration, can be found here: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd3/conference/registration.html

    For more information on media accreditation please go to http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd3/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/06/FfD-Media-Advisory_17-June.pdf

    National and foreign correspondents based in Ethiopia can obtain further information on the registration and accreditation process by contacting Ms. Sophia Denekew, Media Relations Section, ECA, T: +251-91197696 / E: denekews@uneca.org

    Media Resources

    Website: The latest FFD3 Conference programme, speakers and supporting documents will be posted and updated at www.un.org/ffd3. The latest SE4All news, resources and the High Level Event agenda will be posted and updated at www.se4all.org

    Digital and Social Media: The event will feature on the SE4All facebook profile and will be tweeted using #SE4All #FFD3 #Action2015

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    Background

    Launched in September 2011, the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership working with governments, businesses, civil society, banks and international institutions to meet three interlinked goals by 2030:

    • ensuring universal access to modern energy services;
    • doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix; and
    • doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency worldwide.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim co-chair the SE4All initiative, which addresses the crucial global challenge of addressing energy poverty while at the same time mitigating climate change.

    For more information: www.se4all.org

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    Contacts:

    Monika Froehler
    Email: m.froehler[at]se4all.org
    Telephone: +43 1 26060 83409

    Trym Sonstad
    Email: sonstad[at]un.org
    Telephone: +1 917 242 9098