First Regional Meeting of Sustainable Energy for All in Latin America and the Caribbean

November 5, 2013

Representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, civil society, donor countries and various actors from the private sector are gathered together at the First Regional Meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-SE4ALL). The meetings are being held from today until November 7 in Cancun, Mexico as side events of the 2013 Solar World Congress.

The Green Entrepreneurship team of Hivos’ Central America Regional Office, along with Hivos partners Seed of Sun (Semilla de Sol ) from Guatemala, Renewable Association (Asociación Renovables) from Nicaragua and representatives from the Gender Network coordinated by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), will attend this event.

The LAC-SE4ALL meetings aim to bring key stakeholders together to make sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030. The SE4ALL is a global initiative launched by United Nations to achieve three main goals:

  1. ensure universal access to modern energy services
  2. double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  3. double the share of renewable energy from country to country throughout the region

This encounter will be an opportunity to influence other actors to take into account the contributions of civil society in achieving SE4ALL goals. Hivos and its partner organizations want to work together with other key stakeholders to identify common barriers, come up with policy strategies and initiate activities to ensure sustainable energy for all.

Hivos strongly advocates for national and international support for renewable energy solutions that help people reduce poverty and take control over their lives.  As part of Hivos’ 100% Sustainable Campaign, the Hivos Regional Office in Central America has been working since 2012 to bring together regional civil society organizations active in energy access to help them understand their role in demanding renewable energy access in their countries.

In March 2013, Hivos held a workshop to strengthen the advocacy capacities of its partner organizations, which ended with a joint statement by twenty-one Central American organizations demanding a more active role in the SE4ALL framework and that governments provide sustainable energy for rural poor sectors.

You can download the joint statement from the documents box in the right sidebar (only in Spanish).