Side Event at African Development Forum 7 | Energy and Climate for Development
October 14 2010

Power lines India

The Seventh African Development Forum: Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa took place October 10-15, 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The overall objective of the Forum was to raise awareness and mobilize effective commitment and actions on the part of all stakeholders and partners at all levels to effectively mainstream climate change concerns into development policies, strategies, programs and practices in Africa. The forum was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).


A side event on Energy and Climate for Development was organized by ESMAP and the World Bank in coordination with UNECA. The aim of the side event was to provide an overview of energy and development challenges faced by countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and explore potential concerns and new opportunities for energy service provision emerging from climate change.  Emerging knowledge and experience in supporting climate resilience in energy systems and experiences in integrating low carbon considerations into energy planning processes was discussed. The side event was opened by the World Bank addressing development and climate change within the context of the Africa region. Speakers from the African Development Bank, ESMAP, HELIO International and the World Bank presented on ensuring security in the face of a changing climate. The second session focused on integrating low carbon considerations into development planning and featured presentations from UNECA, SouthSouthNorth in South Africa and UNDP Ethiopia.


The session was well attended with 120 participants working on development, energy and water across Africa.  Please click here to view the Summary of Proceedings and find Presentations in the table below.