Wednesday, February 22, 2012

[biofuelwatch] Biofuelwatch briefing on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative

New Biofuelwatch briefing: 

Sustainable Energy for All – or Sustained Profits for a Few?

"Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) is an initiative founded and led by the UN Secretary-General.  SEFA is developing an Action Report and programme for which they will seek endorsement from governments during the Rio+20 Conference.  The Rio+20 Draft Zero, however, lends explicit support to SEFA , saying: "We propose to build on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched by the Secretary-General...We call for provision of adequate financial resources, of sufficient quality and delivered in a timely manner, to developing countries for providing efficient and wider use of energy sources".  It thus proposes to couple support for 
energy efficiency and what it calls renewable energy (which includes biofuels and large hydro) to a process which, as is discussed below, is led by a hand-picked group of mainly corporate 
representatives, UN organisations and international finance organisations, including the World Bank.  

It proposes to couple such finance to a process, i.e. SEFA, which lacks any democratic structure, requires no multilateral consent, has restricted government involvement in the High-Level Group to five representatives worldwide, and offers no opportunities for civil society to influence recommendations and decisions – only to help implement them. " [continue reading  ]


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