United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development: Report on the 9th Session, 16-27 April 2001

Sectors : Agricultural investment and production, Energy, Gender and social development, Sustainable development, Energy, climate change and technology
Organisation : UN
Date made: 
2001
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Commitments in: Infrastructure - Energy

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...23. Governments, taking into account their national circumstances, are encouraged to:

(a) Strengthen and, where appropriate, establish policies on energy for rural development, including, as appropriate, regulatory systems to promote access to energy in rural areas;

(b) Develop, where necessary, specific and targeted energy service delivery structures adapted to rural needs;

(c) Promote local energy enterprises as employment opportunities, enhance local private entrepreneurs and develop local dealers to sell/maintain equipment building on local retail networks and relationships;

(d) Take into consideration the health and safety concerns of women and children in rural energy programmes;

(e) Promote research and development of the rural energy situation in support of the achievement of international development priorities, particularly poverty eradication;

(f) Promote a sustainable use of biomass and, as appropriate, other renewable energies through improvement of current patterns of use, such as management of resources, more efficient use of fuelwood and new or improved products and technologies;

 (g) Establish financial arrangements to make rural energy services affordable to the poor;

(h) Support local groups and/or non-governmental organizations in the promotion and delivery of newly developed environmentally sound technologies, including solar cooker technology;

(i) Develop and utilize indigenous energy sources and infrastructures for various local uses and promote rural community participation, including local Agenda 21 groups, with the support of the international community, in developing and utilizing renewable energy technologies to meet their daily energy needs to find simple and local solutions;

(j) Promote capacity-building in local societies and remove barriers in the implementation of policies for renewable energy development in rural areas;

(k) Promote efforts to address the disproportionate burdens experienced by women in rural areas, including carrying loads of fuelwood over long distances and suffering adverse health effects from prolonged exposure to open fires.”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...

 ...(m) Strengthening the role of major groups, including women, inter alia, through participation in decision-making, as appropriate;”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and social development

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...
 
...(j) Support equal access for women to sustainable and affordable energy technologies through needs assessments, energy planning and policy formulation at the local and national levels.”
 

Scope: 
International