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United Nations Foundation Welcomes Sustainable Energy Network of Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PRWEB) May 15, 2013

The United Nations Foundation today welcomed the launch of the Sustainable Energy Network Ghana (SENG). SENG is a network established to support the work of decentralized energy service providers in Ghana; serve as a platform to influence policy, increase advocacy for renewable energy; and strengthen the work of companies and non-profits delivering energy services in off-grid areas of the country.

SENG is the first country affiliate of the global Energy Access Practitioner Network, led by the United Nations Foundation. SENG’s work will support energy access in Ghana and contribute towards the global goal of achieving universal access to modern energy services by 2030, one of three objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative led by the United Nations and the World Bank.

Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director for Energy Access at the UN Foundation, said, “As a country affiliate of the Energy Access Practitioner Network, the Sustainable Energy Network Ghana will be part of a global organization promoting the adoption and use of sustainable energy solutions for electrification. SENG will connect practitioners in Ghana, giving them the unique opportunities to network and advocate in order to advance their businesses and the sector. Connections forged through SENG will help support improved health, education, gender equity, and economic benefits for families across the country.”

The launch of SENG took place in conjunction with a day-long workshop in Accra that brought together more than 60 practitioners, investors, and experts representing a variety of predominantly market-led approaches providing decentralized energy services across Ghana. During the proceedings, participants reviewed Ghana’s Sustainable Energy for All Country Action Plan, highlighted the needs of communities and emerging opportunities in the sector, and discussed ongoing challenges around financing and reaching very low-income and isolated communities sustainably and affordably.

The workshop was organized and sponsored by the UN Foundation, U.S. Department of State, UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Future Council and the African Renewable Energy Association (AREA).

During the workshop, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, the Honorable Gene A. Cretz, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and representatives of the Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Minister of Energy, Ghana, and Dr. A.K. Ofosu-Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary, Energy Commission Ghana, congratulated Ishmael Edjekumhene, Interim Chair of the SENG Secretariat, and network members on SENG’s launch, as well as noting the benefits of working together on issues related to electrification and clean cooking to help bring about universal energy access in Ghana and around the world.

To learn more about the Energy Access Practitioner Network’s work, please visit:


Media Contact: Lauren Carroll (202) 787-5643 lcarroll(at)unfoundation(dot)org

About The United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

About Sustainable Energy for All

The Secretary-General’s initiative set out three objectives for 2030 that are both ambitious and achievable if the right conditions and investments are put in place:

  •      Ensuring universal access to modern energy services;
  •     Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
  •     Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

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