UNOPS participates in global climate summit

PARIS - UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo spoke at the World Summit of Regions for Climate on 10 October on the topic, ‘regions as drivers in the transition to renewable energy’.

The summit has been organized by the Regions of Climate Action (R20), a non-profit organization that helps sub-national governments around the world develop low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects.

"Green energy is at the heart of sustainable economic growth and development," Ms Faremo stated. "The R20 gathers all stakeholders from the public and private sectors to help develop sustainable energy solutions.  UNOPS can play the role as an honest broker and our experience and focus on transparency makes UNOPS a key partner in this process. We should all work together to support this effort."

The summit follows the announcement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Climate Summit 2014 of a new initiative that will provide, for the first time, a clear picture of global state and regional governments' overall contribution to greenhouse gas emission reduction, and will help tackle climate change.

"UNOPS partnership with R20 enables us to establish and manage a pre-investment facility to finance project development activities which to many countries is the first hurdle towards securing renewable energy for their citizens. Through a rigorous process of project selection and review, in depth discussions with various stakeholders and effective financial structuring of these projects, UNOPS and R20 can present investors with bankable energy solutions that can have a high potential for successful implementation," Ms Faremo added.

UNOPS Regional Director for Africa, Garry Conille, also attended the summit, providing expertise on how UNOPS could play a leading role in developing renewable energy projects.

UNOPS support to renewable energy projects

UNOPS provided logistical support for the installation of solar energy systems in 12 health centres in Haiti, under a scheme to develop the country's southwest region. The project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility, and the systems were designed and implemented by the Solar Electric Light Fund. The project was a component of the Côte Sud Initiative, which works to achieve long-term recovery and sustainable development in ten communes within Haiti's southwest region. Read more

In Borneo's Central Kalimantan province, UNOPS partnered with the Government of Norway and the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme to construct community learning centres. The wider project had a twofold aim: to stop illegal deforestation in the area and provide sustainable livelihoods for local communities. The construction of a Climate Communications Centre provided local communities with learning resources on environmental protection. The centre itself was built using local material and labour and uses renewable energy through solar panels. Read more