New York – RES4Africa Foundation hosted a presentation of its 2019 Flagship Publication “Africa’s Future Counts: Renewables and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” as a side event to the UN Climate Action Summit at Columbia University.
The event, attended by 50 people, was opened by Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General of RES4Africa Foundation, Carlo Papa, Managing Director of Enel Foundation, Vijay Modi, Professor at Columbia University; the findings of “Africa’s Future Counts” were presented by Ana Rovzar, Head of International Relations at RES4Africa Foundation and editor of the publication.
Developed in collaboration with Enel Foundation, “Africa’s Future Counts” is the second of a series of annual features that focus on strategic perspectives and themes for Africa’s sustainable energy future. This edition looks at how the WEF Nexus reveals opportunities to overcome Africa’s energy access gaps offering an innovative perspective by emphasizing the interdependencies between water, energy and food supply systems and considering energy as an enabler for development.
The publication was first presented to the public during the RES4Africa Annual Conference in June in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, followed by a launch in July in Rome; the New York event represents the third official presentation, held in a third continent.
“Presenting our Flagship Publication to an international audience during the United Nations Climate Action Summit has a strong relevance for RES4Africa Foundation” explains Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General RES4Africa Foundation, “Through this publication we aim to contribute to the global discussion on climate action by highlighting the role that the renewable energy sector can play to drive sustainable development and achieve progress on the SDGs by 2030. Set during UN Climate Action Summit, we feel this is one of the best places to add our contribution. With 10 years to go to achieve SDG7, we need to push for bold action”.
“Converging is the name of the game in winning the race for a sustainable future for all everywhere on our Planet” continues Carlo Papa, Managing Director of Enel Foundation, “In the research presented today with our longstanding partner RES4Africa, we explore the crucial role of renewable electricity sources to unlock Africa future. A step forward for Enel Foundation in our journey to offer a knowledge platform open to all to help delivering on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”.
“Energy is essential to drive economic growth. The next frontier is to go beyond meeting basic household and social needs and ensure that energy barriers do not come in the way of lifting incomes and reducing hunger. In addition, costs of solar and wind energy have come down radically in the last decade. These renewable resources are now poised to be both affordable and clean to drive sustainable development and to mitigate climate change on the other. RES4Africa Foundation is working hard to promote renewables in the areas of Sub-Saharan Africa where the need is the greatest and the impact on the vulnerable the highest. I am delighted to host them here at Columbia University in the framework of the UN Climate Action Summit, as I am sure their contribution is among the most interesting ones to hear” concludes Vijay Modi, Professor at Columbia University.