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May 2017

Beyond Greening the Blue Helmets: Renewable Energy Transitions for Peacebuilding in Conflict Settings

May 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room S-​​2723,
United Nations, New York City, NY 10017 United States
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Beyond Green­ing the Blue Hel­mets:
Renew­able Energy Tran­si­tions for Peace­build­ing in Con­flict Set­tings
Wednes­day, 31 May, 13:30 — 15:30pm, Room S-​​2723, UNHQ, New York
Malakal IDP Camp, South Sudan
There is a strik­ing over­lap among the regions at great­est risk of con­flict, those most vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change, and high lev­els of energy poverty – pri­mar­ily in Africa, the Mid­dle East and South­ern Asia. Renew­able energy rep­re­sents an under-​​utilized entry point. Yet conflict-​​affected set­tings are char­ac­ter­ized by unique chal­lenges, and the renew­able energy rev­o­lu­tion that is trans­form­ing much of the world risks bypass­ing the conflict-​​prone states that stand the most to gain. The poten­tial for renew­able energy to deliver mul­ti­ple eco­nomic, social, envi­ron­men­tal and peace ben­e­fits in con­flict set­tings remains largely untapped.
You are invited to join a pre­sen­ta­tion on the poten­tial for renew­able energy in con­flict and cri­sis set­tings, by the lead­er­ship team from the Pro­gram on Con­flict, Cli­mate Change and Green Devel­op­ment, a pro­gram of the Renew­able Energy and Appro­pri­ate Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.
The Pro­gram aims to pro­mote the use of renew­able energy as a tool for peace build­ing and con­flict res­o­lu­tion and has devel­oped dif­fer­ent mod­els through which to deliver “energy-​​peace ben­e­fits” includ­ing:
 A human­i­tar­ian sector-​​wide tran­si­tion from diesel to solar power in South Sudan, which could deliver human­i­tar­ian cost sav­ings while build­ing long-​​lasting energy assets and future build­ing blocks for peace;
 Inte­grat­ing renew­able energy into peace build­ing and con­flict pre­ven­tion pro­gram­ming, includ­ing as part of a peace div­i­dend strat­egy in South Sudan and Myan­mar; and
 The launch­ing of a new market-​​based financ­ing mech­a­nism — the Peace Renew­able Energy Credit – designed to sup­port renew­able energy invest­ment and deploy­ment in con­flict and cri­sis risk settings.

The pre­sen­ta­tion and ensu­ing dis­cus­sion will explore the fol­low­ing ques­tions:
 How can a broader rethink­ing of the role of energy be inte­grated into the United Nations peace agenda?

 How can strate­gic deci­sions involv­ing energy advance UN mis­sion man­dates?
 Are Mem­ber States open to meet­ing peace­build­ing and cli­mate change com­mit­ments in cri­sis settings?

The Pro­gram on Con­flict, Cli­mate Change and Green Devel­op­ment team: Pro­fes­sor Daniel M. Kam­men, Direc­tor, Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL), Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley; Dave Moz­er­sky, Pro­gram Direc­tor; Sher­win Das, Senior Fel­low; Dave Williams, Senior Fellow

More info on RAEL and the Pro­gram can be found at http://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu and https://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu/​c​o​n​f​l​ict

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