WISIONS Side Event at COP23 in Bonn, Germany

The WISIONS team as part of the Wuppertal Institute's delegation will participate as observer in COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 in Bonn. 
Moreover all four coordinators of our partner practitioner networks will join us during the second week in Bonn!

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WISIONS is hosting a side-event in Bonn, which will take place on 16 November 2017 in the Post Tower, directly next to the Bonn Zone.

From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South – What Role Can Local Energy Practitioners and Existing Knowledge Networks Play? 

When: 16.11.2017, 09:00 – 13:30
Where: Post Tower, Main Entrance, PT/PT LoungePlatz der Deutschen Post, 53113 Bonn. 

To see where this building is located within the conference zones, please follow this link. The Post Tower is the rectangular building marked as "1. Sustainable Innovation Forum". To get here by public transport, please exit at subway station "Heussallee/Museumsmeile" and take one of the COP23 shuttle buses or public bus 610, 611 or 630 until you reach "Post Tower". A more detailed description is available here in German only.

If you would like to participate, we would appreciate if you could send us a short note to info@wisions.net Contact
09.00 - 10.30:    Panel discussion

10.30 - 11.00:    Coffee break 

11.00 - 12.30:    Two workshops on regional activities (Focus on LAC/SE Asia) 

12.30 - 13.00:    Wrap-up of workshop discussions

13.00 - 13.30:    Drinks reception and finger food

Moderator: Carmen Dienst, Project Coordinator, WISIONS Initiative, Wuppertal Institute

Panel Speakers:
•    Jem Porcaro, UN Foundation’s Senior Director for Energy Access
•    Sander Chan, DIE, German Development Institute, Department for “Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management”
•    Mariela Pino, RedBioLAC coordinator,  Latin American Biogas Network
•    Dipti Vaghela, HydroEmpowerment Network coordinator & Fulbright fellow at “REAM" in Myanmar
•    Wolfgang Obergassel, Research Group “Energy, Transport and Climate Policy”, climate experts, Wuppertal Institute

Following the panel discussion, in two short parallel workshops we would like to consider regional aspects and discuss options for cooperation with four invited coordinators of regional practitioner networks from Latin America and SE Asia.

Workshops with coordinators of practitioner networks:
•    Jessica Rivas, Wind Empowerment Association for the Development of Locally Built Small Wind Turbines (windempowerment.org/)
•    Lylian Rodriguez, RedBioCOL, Colombian Biomass Network (www.redbiocol.org)
•    Mariela Pino, RedBioLAC coordinator, RedBioLAC(www.redbiolac.org)
•    Dipti Vaghela, Hydro Empowerment Network (www.hpnet.org)

The coordinators recently visited WISIONS' office. From left to right: Mariela Pino, Jessica Rivas, Dipti Vaghela (click on image to view larger version).

Find ours and other renewables-related events happening at COP23 on the website of Renewables4Climate.

Following the adoption of the Paris agreement and the SDG Agenda 2030, the focus of debate is shifting towards (a) how to connect the implementation of both agendas and find synergies; and (b) how to involve and strengthen activities of non-state actors at local level.

The people who are active in the implementation of energy and development solutions in the global south – the energy practitioners – could become important advocates. They are key actors on the frontline of efforts to provide energy services to unelectrified and under-served areas, thereby contributing to several SDGs simultaneously. They draw on their several years of expertise and offer a direct link to communities. 

For the fair, just and sustainable implementation of climate-friendly technologies, mutual trust and strong links with the target communities is a prerequisite. At the same time, energy practitioner knowledge networks – such as the UN Energy practitioner network and regional networks – have proven to be successful in strengthening capacities and exchange of know-how. 

Despite this background, the role of energy practitioners as change agents is often not recognised by themselves, nor reflected in the debates on the SDGs and climate action. 

In this panel discussion we would like to discuss these aspects with experts from different fields in the climate, energy and development contexts and with practitioners from Latin America and Asia. Key questions tackled will be: 

  • Where is the synergy between local initiatives implemented by energy practitioners and the diverse climate actions implemented on other levels? 
  • How can energy practitioners and their networks effectively contribute to advancing both the climate and sustainable development agendas? 
  • How can climate and sustainable development action instruments and platforms support and strengthen the role played by energy practitioners?