News in brief
From 20 to 22 June 2012, the Rio+20 Earth Summit will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 years after the historic 1992 Summit. The first Rio Summit is still seen as a key driver of the environmental cause, as it resulted in the "Rio Declaration on Environment and Development", which enshrined the notion of "sustainable development". It also led to the adoption of a programme of action for the 21st century, known as "Agenda 21", which sets out many recommendations for concrete implementation of the declaration's principles. This programme is still a global reference for sustainable development stakeholders today.
ACHIEVE is a European-scale project which will enable households on a modest income to reduce their energy consumption and bills by means of the various small appliances (low-energy bulbs, flow reducers, etc.) that advisers will install free of charge in their homes. Now everyone can keep up to date with the ACHIEVE project. The new six-monthly newsletter provides clear, accurate, regular information on fuel poverty, the project and its partners.
In the framework of the FreemE project, all the FreemE beneficiaries will organise, with the support of the European Union, the first energy day in promoting renewable energies and energy efficiency within marginal and vulnerable populations. The energy day will take place on 15 may 2012 in the Youssif Elsedik District in Fayoum.
Partners of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched in 2012 by the United Nations, GERES joins now the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP). GERES is spearheading its effort, alongside other actors, with the purpose of providing universal access to modern energy services by 2030 in a world where 1.3 billion people still have no electricity.
On April 17, 2012, Climate Change Unit Manager Swan Fauveaud was invited to speak at a round-table in Ethiopia, which took place right before the Africa Carbon Forum being held from April 18 to April 20. Conjointly organized by the United Nations and the World Bank, this “Workshop on Promoting Low Carbon Energy in Africa through Carbon Finance” was aimed at examining how the latest developments in the world of carbon finance could foster the project development in the African clean energy sector and boost new development initiatives.
Le Comité Français pour la Solidarité Internationale (CFSI), dont le GERES est membre, lance ALIMENTERRE un centre de ressources web sur les thèmes de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation. Des vidéos, publications, études... du GERES y seront disponibles aux côtés de celles proposées par les autres membres du réseau.
Dans une optique de partenariat et d'unité, le GERES partage la vision du CFSI concernant la justice sociale, une économie au service de l'Homme ainsi que le partage équitable et la gestion durable des ressources naturelles de la planète.
Face à la diminution annoncée des aides publiques au développement, certains acteurs imaginent des solutions innovantes de financements. Le Crédit Coopératif vient ainsi de s'imposer une Contribution Volontaire sur ses Transactions de Change (CVTC). Le montant sera reversé au GERES, pour financer notamment son projet mené en Himalaya indien. Quand la rencontre entre une institution financière et un acteur de terrain constitue une avancée sur le terrain de la solidarité internationale...
« While preserving the environment, I also support my village ». Van Tola, 24 ans, Cambodia.
Van Tola (24 years-old) lives in Andong Russey village in Kapong Chnang, Cambodia. She has worked as an improved cookstoves producer since 2004. He explains today his experience and the reasons why she decided to start these activities. Interview.
1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity and 2.5 billion still rely on collecting fuels like firewood for cooking and heating.
Energy is vital for poverty reduction because it gives people the power to improve their lives.
We want to achieve the UN goal of Energy for All by 2030, but most people aren't even aware that energy poverty is a problem!
GERES and Graine PACA launched the Compost Box, a teaching tool to raise awareness about composting and waste management. The project is run with the financial support of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and the Conseil Régional PACA in partnership with the French National Education.