Resolution on Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

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Publication Date: 
16 November 2012

Preamble

We, Ministers in Charge of Energy in Africa, gathered at our 2ndordinary AU Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 16th of November 2012, recognizing that, despite the availability of enormous resources of energy in Africa the bulk of the African population lack access to modern energy resources and concerted efforts are needed to ensure that the challenges facing the utilization of Africa massive energy resources are solved.

Therefore,

Recognizing that no meaningful sustainable socioeconomic development can be achieved without the availability and accessibility of affordable modern energy resources

Guided by the African Union energy vision on access to reliable, affordable, modern energy resources for the African population.

Considering of the various energy initiatives and programmes developed by the African Union Commission, AUC, and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, NPCA, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Regional Institutions and AU Member Countries in this regards

Given that 2012 has been declared the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) by the United Nations Secretary General with three main objectives to be achieved by the year 2030; namely, (i) universal access to modernforms of energy, (ii) doubling the share of renewable in the total energy mix and (iii) doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements.

Concerned by the low rate of energy access in Sub Saharan Africa to modern and reliable energy in spite of the continent’ rich energy resources

Acknowledging the opportunities that the SE4ALL Initiative opens for Africa to advance its energy agenda at national, regional, and continental levels.

Recalling the support of the Conference of Energy Ministers for Africa to sustainable energy for all in its Maputo Meeting in 2010

Taking note of the NPCA’s commitment statement issued at Rio+20 in support of SE4ALL objectives and the concrete commitment made by the AfDB at Rio+20. Taking note of the plans and energy programmes that already exist in Africa at national, regional and continental levels which significantly contribute to the achievement of SE4ALL objectives. Recognize that additional programmes and complementary polices may need to be developed in response to the opportunities opened by the SE4ALL Initiative.

Recalling that African Heads of States and Governments (HSG) adopted a Declaration in January 2012, endorsing the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) as the continental high priority infrastructure programme.

Considering the Declaration of the First Ministerial Conference of the Africa-European Union Energy Partnership held in “Vienna, Austria”, on 14 September 2010, adopting the 2020 targets jointly proposed by African and European Experts in Cairo in February 2010 as contribution to increased access to modern energy, energy security, as well as promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency within the framework of the partnership;

Taking note of the recommendations that came out of the AUC/NPCA/UNDP workshop held in Nairobi in September 2012 that outlined Africa’s Response to SE4ALL initiative and Africa’ principles for action plan development

Underlining that country action plans should take into account the countries national goals and existing strategies, should be informed by the outcomes of the gap analyses and aspire towards the overall SE4All objectives.

Mindful that African countries should champion the cause of gender mainstreaming in the planning and implementation of the SE4ALL Initiative.