With debates and expectations for Sustainable energy for all (SEE4All), the United Nations Conference on Sustinable Development and the developing post-2015 agenda all running in parallel but overlapping, and all coming to a head or at least a milestone at Rio +20; this roundtable provided an opportunity, under Chatham House rules, to share information and interpretations of the outcomes from Rio+20 with policy workers and practitioners, as well as to identify where there may continue to be gaps and challenges to achieving critical energy objectives.

Chair:

Andrew Scott - Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Speakers:

  • Carsten Hellpap - Program Director Energising Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Pascoe Sabido - Sustainable Energy Advisor, Friends of the Earth Europe
  • Bill Gunyon - Editor, One World Guides

Summary:

Discussion considered a number of key issues, questions and debates on energy particularly in the context of post Rio+20, including:

  • In what direction is the global community moving in terms of energy featuring in post 2015 sustainability goals?
  • Is the global community, now, more or less likely to achieve sustainable energy for all?
  • What difference will the Rio document make to national and international policies in the aim of achieving sustainable energy for all?
  • What challenges are confronting the global community as it moves towards fulfilling existing commitments and aims, and what needs to be accomplished to overcome these challenges?
  • Finally, what is the role of civil society in overcoming exiting challenges, achieving stated aims, and directing future energy debates?

A full summary of the event, which includes a SWOT analysis of post Rio+20 outcomes, can be downloaded from the source web page.