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Govt urged to work on UN document on energy

14th December 2012

The government has been urged to fast-track two drafting of the Sustainable Energy Access For All (SE4All) documents, before September, next year or be kicked out of the programme.

 The documents containing the gaps analysis, used by companies to compare actual performance versus potential performance in the energy sector and the national implementation plans are required by the United Nations General Assembly which declared 2012 the international year of sustainable energy for all.

The call was made during the National civil society organizations workshop for advocacy on the SE4All which was held yesterday in Dar es Salaam and drew 30 participants from the energy sector, the government and other stakeholders.

Organized by civil society organizations with logistical support from TaTEDO, experts working in the energy and related sectors, asserted that the government must ensure it delivers by the due date.

Resource Mobilisation manager for Tanzania traditional energy development organization (TaTEDO) Jensen Shuma explained that Tanzania was selected as one of the pilot countries for the implementation of SE4All, as such, it is supposed to make sure that it seeks as much input as it can get from various stakeholders in order to enrich on the programme. 

There already is a draft report on Gap analysis but it requires input from stakeholders to improve its content. Shuma listed the implementation process to comprise of four stages, Country opt-in, Gap analysis, National action plan, Implementation and monitoring.

“The main objective of this workshop is to debate  on how stakeholders in Tanzania will facilitate universal access to modern energy services and guarantee benefits to both urban and rural population in the country through sustainable energy for all initiatives…” he explained.

Already, stakeholder consultative meetings by EU and UNDP Offices in Tanzania and energy related Civil society organizations have been conducted to introduce and create awareness on sustainable energy for All (SE4All).

Managing Director for Development Associates Limited, Robert Otsyina expounded that the SE4All was not only  about supplying energy to the national grid, rather, how that energy will be utilized to improve livelihoods and welfare of the nation and contribute to sustainable growth and development of agriculture and the environment.

The UN declaration spells out clearly and in detail that stakeholders must take concrete action towards achieving three critical objectives by 2030 and these are, ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Earlier in his opening remarks, TaTEDO’s Executive Director Estomih Sawe explained that SE4All is a UN Secretary General’s initiatives which arose upon realization that Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were not going to be met without increased energy access and efficiency.

He said the Secretary General has reinforced the importance of civil society organizations-encompassing associations, cooperatives, foundations, trade unions, indigenous groups, faith based groups, academia, NGO’s and community based organizations as the third pillar alongside government and the private sector.

“These must work to secure energy access for all, particularly the poorest and most marginalized, bring to the table a wide range of issues that ensure energy is truly sustainable from social, environmental and economic perspective, ensure due regard to inclusivity, gender, rights and governance, community participation and poverty reduction…” he detailed.

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