This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.
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The Paris Agreement, which will officially enter into force in 2020, asks that each country contribute to tackling climate change. Ensuring its success requires collaboration in the fields of social, technological and financial innovations, strong commercial development and the fast application of solutions and policy measures. Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. With only ten years left to achieve this goal, developing and emerging economies must meet the needs of their growing populations while being part of the solution to the global climate emergency. These goals will come through capacity building, knowledge transfer infrastructure investment, processes which must be supported by the international community.
- What energy scenario and policy measures must be implemented to achieve SDG 7 by 2030?
- What should we expect from Europe at COP25 on the matter of energy for development?
- What is the role of the private sector in fostering innovation for a brighter low-carbon energy future?
Team Leader of GET.invest
Executive Vice-President for International Affairs of Eni and former deputy Italian minister of foreign affairs
Director for Planet and Prosperity at the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe
Michael Franz is an expert on energy access in developing countries, with over 10 years working experience on the field and in Brussels. His expertise spans from project development, policy frameworks, and financing, to the mobilisation of private and public investment in renewable energy and energy access projects, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, he leads a team at GET.invest, a European programme supporting access to funds for decentralised renewable energy projects and businesses in developing countries. Prior to this, he worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on a number of energy initiatives in East Africa.
Having been a member of the Italian as well as the European Parliament, Lapo Pistelli has a wealth of experience in European and international affairs. During his time as MEP he was the president of the EU-South Africa Delegation and a member of the Italian Delegation to the OSCE, where he conducted several monitoring missions in transitional democracies. Pistelli regularly contributes to research centres specialised in international relations whilst he also is a board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Formerly working as a lawyer in Italy, Carla Montesi has acquired diverse experience in the field of EU external policy for development and cooperation both at Headquarters in Brussels and in EU Delegations in Africa, including as Director of the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, where she was responsible for fisheries conservation, control and structural actions for the Mediterranean and Black Sea. In her current role, Montesi oversees all of the European Commission’s work in West and Central Africa.
Shada works on issues related to the future of Europe, minority and integration challenges as well as on Europe’s relations with emerging nations. She set up the Asia Programme for Friends of Europe in 2011 and also leads its work on development issues. She is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and continues to write for leading international publications.
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