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INFORSE Lobbies to Influence the UN CSD9 Process

Before the world’s countries meet to discuss sustainable energy at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development’s 9th Session (CSD9), May-June 2001, an expert group will meet three times to set the agenda. The first meeting will be in March 6-10, 2000 in New York. It will be an open-ended working group with country experts and access for NGOs. After some debate, the Northern Co-Chairman of the expert group has been elected. It is the Austrian Irene Freudeschuss-Reichl. The Southern Co-Chair is the Iranian Mohammad Reza Salamat.

INFORSE Pushes Progressive Targets

From INFORSE, we plan to be present at the CSD9 Expert Committee Meetings and use the opportunities to advocate for truly sustainable development in cooperation with other NGOs and progressive countries. INFORSE will propose that the countries use CSD9 to agree upon quantitative targets for renewable energy sufficient to achieve a sustainable development. The targets should be followed by action plans to realise them.

We also recommend the creation of an international institution for sustainable energy and strengthening of existing institutions’ sustainable energy activities.

Call for NGO Comments

INFORSE will work to influence the World Energy Assessment (WEA), a major input to CSD9 by two UN bodies and the business-based World Energy Council, to be more supportive of sustainable development. We will use the opportunities as a NGO-network to influence the second draft that is open for comments now. As far as time allows, we will involve interested INFORSE members in this activity via e-mail. We propose that as many NGOs as possible get involved in this, directly or via, e.g., INFORSE.

Contact: INFORSE (see page No. 2) or
More information about the WEA process and draft report is available on-line at:

World Wind Campaign

“Wind Force 10” - a new report on how 10% of the world electricity supply could be provided from wind energy was released on October 5, 1999. The report is the result of a cooperation between Forum for Energy and Development (INFORSE Secretariat), Greenpeace International, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), BTM Consult in Denmark.


“Wind Force 10 - A Blueprint to Achieve 10% of the World’s Electricity from Wind Power by 2020”, 50 pages, ISBN 1 871532 248, 1999. Published by EWEA, FED, Greenpeace. The report is available from the INFORSE Secretariat (See address page No. 2).

Regional Wind Campaigns

Following the ‘10% World Wind Campaign’, INFORSE-Europe and INFORSE Latin America are launching regional wind campaigns. For Western Europe, the goal is to have 12% of the electricity demand covered by wind by 2020, while for Ukraine, the goal is 11%. For the other areas covered by the campaign, Russia and Cono Sur in Latin America, the goals are still to be decided. For each area, a report is made, with potentials for wind energy, proposed goal, and assessments of effects on economy, employment, and environment. Further, policy recommendations are made for the areas and as many concerned NGOs as possible are consulted. As a final kick-off for the campaigns, public presentations are made and plans are made for the campaigns in cooperation with concerned NGOs.

Contact to the Regional Wind Campaigns:

- INFORSE-Europe, att Gunnar B. Olesen, OVE, Gl Kirkevej 56, 8530 Hjortshenmark. Ph: +45-86227000, fax: +45-86227096, e-mail: or

- INFORSE Latin America, att. Roque Pedace REJIMA, Salguero 829 8”a” Buenos Aires 1177, Argentina. Ph: +54-1-8647845, fax: +54-1-9630722, e-mail:

Sustainable Energy to Combat Desertification

INFORSE Coordinators’ Meeting

On October 18-21, 1999, the INFORSE Regional Coordinators met for the 5th time. The meeting took place at the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark. The Coordinators set the focus for the coming years’ INFORSE activities:

· NGO activities to influence the global agenda: the UN Climate Convention, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and CSD9 (see p.3).

· Help increase global awareness of sustainable energy with on-line database, internet-based education, and many other activities.

· Strengthen the network with increased regional activities, to support global activities, and to increase cooperation among INFORSE members.

· Produce a new charter for INFORSE, and use it to develop a broad consensus among Sustainable Energy NGOs. The Charter shall be approved by all core members in the year 2000.

· Use South-South-North fund with seed funding for INFORSE members to start up cooperative projects.

All core members will receive more information on the results of the meeting, and Sustainable Energy News will cover the resulting activities.

INFORSE Coordinators: (from left to right) Su Sarr (ENDA/W.Africa), Lugard Majoro (FWD/E.Africa), Decharut Sukkumnoed, Suphakij Nuntavorakarn (SENT/E.Asia.), Emil Bedi (FAE/Europe), Roque Pedace(Rejima/L, America), Raymond Myles (INSEDA/L. America), Michael Kvetny (Secr.), Johanne Gabel (Secr.), Gunnar Olesen (OVE/Europe), Hanne Graulund (FED-Board), Susanne Backer (Secr.)


Earth Day April 22, 2000

The celebration of the Earth Day started 30 years ago in the USA. Now, a large number of US NGOs plan to make ‘Earth Day 2000’ the largest environmental event so far. They have chosen sustainable energy as the central theme. They invite all NGOs to join the activities, and to hold their own local “Earth Day” activities, in April next year.

A number of INFORSE organisations will use the opportunity to raise public awareness of Sustainable energy.

The usual date of Earth Day is April 22, but many countries celebrate Easter on that day. The Earth Day Network proposes that Earth Day activities be held during the week preceding April 22, if that would be more convenient.

Information on INFORSE organisations’ Earth Day activities: contact the INFORSE Regional Coordinators, or see
More info: See at the Events’ List.

HELIO, a French-based international group of energy experts which is member of INFORSE, invites for cooperation on a Global Energy Observatory (GEO) for ‘Earth Day 2000’.

Sustainable Energy News readers are invited to volunteer to provide assessments of progress made by national energy policies in promoting sustainable and equitable development. A regional synthesis of the national assessments will then be made to facilitate the preparation of a world report to be issued for ‘Earth Day 2000’.

If you want to join this effort, please contact:
HELIO International, 56, rue de Passy,
Paris, 75016, France.
Ph: +33-1-4224-5148
Fax: +33-1-4224-8633,

Sustainable Hydro?

The World Commission on Dams (WCD) is an international commission that will undertake a global review of the developmental effectiveness of large dams. It will develop internationally acceptable criteria and guidelines for future decision-making on dams. It is an independent commission with NGO participation. The WCD was established in May 1998 and is due to finalise its main report in August 2000. Its activities are the largest effort thus far to collect knowledge and to establish guidelines for Sustainable development with dams. The WCD offers a large number of studies of dams, results of regional consultations, and a draft report. All of this is available from the WCD website. The last major event in the WCD process in this year is the regional consultation for Africa/Middle East, December 8-9, 1999 in Cairo.

Information: WCD, 5th floor, Hycastle House, 58 Loop Street, PO Box 16002, Vlaeberg, Cape Town, South Africa. Ph: +27 214264000, fax: +27 214260036, e-mail:,