The Arab launch of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024)
Amman 24 March 2015 – The Jordanian capital, Amman, hosted the Arab launch of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024), as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.
The launch took place under the auspices of the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Ibrahim Saif, who delivered the opening statement at the event. Also speaking at the opening were Abdalla Al-Dardari, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and Minoru Takada, New York Representative and Director at the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All).
Following the launch of the decade, a high-level ministerial panel was held with the participation of the Palestinian Energy Authority Minister Omar Kettana; President of the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al Kuwari; former Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines in Tunisia, Kamel Ben Naceur; Plenipotentiary Minister, Director of Energy Management at the League of Arab States (LAS), Jamila Youssef Matar; Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Tareq Emtairah; and General Director of OME, Houda Allal. The panel was moderated by the ESCWA Director of the Sustainable Development Policies Division, Roula Majdalani.