Jobs & Energy
A series of policy briefs were released recently by UNDESA at a High-Level Dialogue on the Implementation of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2019: A Mid-Point Review. Power for All’s CEO Kristina Skierka joined a panel to discuss the interlinkages between SDG7 and other other SDGs under review this year (SDG 4, SDG 8, SDG 10, SDG 13, SDG 16 and SDG 17). Power for All collaborated closely with IRENA and ILO to develop a policy brief on energy and jobs (one of 16 policy briefs related to SDG7), which were released at the event.
“Energy efficiency and renewable energy investments continue to act as robust socio-economic drivers, including through net employment gains (SDG 8),” the document concluded, calling for greater gender considerations, while also countering fossil fuel job losses to ensure a just transition.
Also announced at the event was the creation by IRENA of an Energy and Jobs Platform, with Power for All, the ILO, European Commission, UN Industrial Development Organization, Global Green Growth Institute, and the World Bank. Initial objectives of the platform: improving knowledge about challenges and opportunities; bringing together stakeholders for cross-disciplinary dialogue; sharing best practices and data; strengthening capacity building regarding policies, regulations, and approaches; and enhancing advocacy, communications and outreach to help countries conduct evidence-based dialogues.
New Team Members
Power for All is excited to welcome a new chief operating officer (COO) to our team, Matthew Tiedeman. Based in New York, Matthew is a veteran of managing large-scale rural development projects in Asia and Africa. We also welcomes Sumaya Mahomed, our new director for Uganda, who is overseeing our Utilities 2.0 demonstration project that brings together utility Umeme and leading private sector decentralized renewable energy companies.