Time: 18-21 May 2008
Venue: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
In September 2006, the Iberoamerican Ministerial Meeting on “Energy Security In Latin America: Renewable Energy as a Viable Alternative” took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, with promising outcomes. The meeting was jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the General Secretariat for the Iberoamerican Summit (SEGIB) and the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Industry of the Government of Uruguay (MIEM). The meeting was convened to provide a forum for Ministers of Energy from the region to discuss energy security matters and agree on specific actions to harness the potential of renewable energy technologies in meeting the region’s growing energy needs, especially within the framework of the economic and social realities of Latin-America.
One of the main achievements of the meeting was a Ministerial Declaration, which encouraged governments to study the establishment of a Regional Observatory on Renewable Energy to be developed by UNIDO. The other fundamental outcome of the meeting in Montevideo was the proposal to organize a Global Renewable Energy Forum jointly by the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil and UNIDO in 2008, that could serve as a platform to build on the discussions started in Montevideo concerning the potential of renewable energy sources in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and to share them with other regions in order to establish strong linkages oriented to increase specific joint actions for enhancing the use of renewable energy world wide.
The overall objective of the Global Renewable Energy Forum is to create a suitable environment for the promotion of a proactive dialogue that can strengthen interregional bonds and set up joint actions between countries and regions oriented to reduce poverty and enhance energy security through the use of renewable sources of energy. The Global Forum will also pursue the objective of promoting business and commercial networking and relationships at the intra and inter regional level.
The expected outcomes of the Global Forum are as follows: South-South and North-South Cooperation Frameworks between countries and regions Commitments and opportunities for the development of investment projects and technical cooperation activities. Organization of global and regional forums and networks Participants High-Level government representatives of all world regions CEOs from utilities and other private sector enterprises (e.g. financial entities, multinationals, enterprises using Renewables) Multi / bilateral partners and regional agencies Experts and academia NGOs The attendance expected will amount to between 1,000 and 2,000 participants. Structure of the Global Renewable Energy Forum The Renewable Energy Global Forum will have a duration of four days including a field visit to Itaipu Binacional
- High-Level government representatives of all world regions
- CEOs from utilities and other private sector enterprises (e.g. financial entities, multinationals, enterprises using Renewables)
- Multi / bilateral partners and regional agencies
- Experts and academia
The attendance expected will amount to between 1,000 and 2,000 participants.
The Renewable Energy Global Forum will have a duration of four days including a field visit to Itaipu Binacional.
For more information please visit the official website or contact:
|UNIDOMr. Gustavo Aishemberg
Senior Adviser to the Director-General
Office of the Director-General
Tel. + 43 1 26026 3331
|Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy Ms. Helena CantizanoHead of International Advisory
Ministry of Mines and Energy
Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Tel: (+ 55 61) 3319-5501