On September 25th, 2015, The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all for a new sustainable development agenda, adopted by 193-member states.
The goals were developed to replace the Millennium Development Goals which ended in 2015. The SDGs are also known as ‘’Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’’.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs launched a capacity building initiative, called “The UN-DESA Energy Grant” in 2015 and manages with collaboration with the China Energy Fund Committee, a Hong Kong based NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC.
Since the adoption of SDGs, every year, the programme, titled “Powering the Future We Want – Recognizing Leadership and Innovative Practices in Energy for Sustainable Development”, offers a grant in the amount of one million US dollars to fund future capacity development activities in energy for sustainable development. The Grant is awarded to an individual, institution or partnership based on past and current achievements, with the objective of promoting leadership and innovative practices in meeting the global energy challenge.
The thematic focus for the 2017 UN DESA Energy Grant was “Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World”, reflecting the multiple roles that energy plays in eradication of poverty through advancements in health, education, water supply, industrialization and combating climate change.
On behalf of our team at Phoventus, our Project Support Coordinator Merve Kosesoy, a former UN-DESA Sustainability Consultant, attended the Ceremony Luncheon. In recognition of a novel project to spur solar entrepreneurship, two Bangladeshi companies have received $1 million 2017 UN Energy grant from United Nations. The grant was awarded to Grameen Shakti and ME SOLshare at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on November 21st.
The two companies were recognised for their joint project that will allow villagers to secure more solar power, save money through flexible energy access, and generate income from trading electricity.
The partnership estimates that the grant money will enable them to establish a minimum of 100 smart grids resulting in at least 15,000 beneficiaries. But the impact of the grant is going to be greater, as it is likely to inspire more such initiatives, UN said.
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