UN-Energy was established to help ensure coherence in the UN system’s multi-disciplinary response to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and to ensure the effective engagement of non-UN stakeholders in implementing WSSD energy-related decisions. The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), decisions taken at CSD-9, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21, and Agenda 21 serve as the basis for action on energy. In August 2007, the group elected Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO) as Chair and Olav Kjorven, Assistant Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Vice Chair. Secretariat services are provided by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
It aims to promote system-wide collaboration in the area of energy with a coherent and consistent approach since there is no single entity in the UN system that has primary responsibility for energy. The group focuses on substantive and collaborative actions both in regard to policy development in the energy area and its implementation as well as in maintaining an overview of major ongoing initiatives within the system based on the UN-Energy work programme at global, regional sub-regional and national levels.
Accordingly, UN-Energy will:
1. Promote coherence in the UN system's multi-disciplinary response to WSSD by:
Acting as a gateway for sharing information, knowledge, experiences and good practices as well as initiatives in all aspects for implementing the JPOI;
Maintaining an overview of ongoing and planned work within the system and building/strengthening synergies among independent initiatives at the national, subregional, regional and global levels;
Promoting joint programming, harmonization and cooperation in the energy-related activities of the organizations of the system;
Building on and drawing lessons from past experience in inter-agency collaboration on energy;
Employing dynamic and action-oriented approaches to coordination with extensive use of information and communication technologies.
2. Promote interaction with other stakeholders by:
Developing a data base on the roles, potentials, strengths and programmes of relevant stakeholders;
Developing and maintaining dynamic and interactive mechanisms for information exchange and dissemination among all partners; and
Organizing a regular exchange of views on policy in the field of energy and related activities, as well as developing partnerships.
3. UN-Energy will focus on substance and collaborative actions both in regard to policy development in the energy area and its implementation as well as in maintaining an overview of major ongoing initiatives within the system based on the UN-Energy work programme at global, regional sub-regional and national levels. In addition, it will be:
A system-wide network open to all concerned organizations and entities;
A mechanism for the system's interaction with non-UN stakeholders (non-UN stakeholders include major actors from the private sector and the NGO community as well as other major groups identified in Agenda 21.)
A collaborative arrangement with rotating chairmanship at a high policy level and vice chair at the expert level; both for a period of two years.
4. UN DESA will provide dedicated secretariat services for UN-Energy.
5. Communications of the collaborative mechanism will be facilitated primarily through electronic means. UN-Energy will meet at least once each year. Meetings will be kept to a minimum and held within the margins of other activities whenever possible. UN-Energy may create time bound ad hoc issue groups.
6. In developing UN-Energy's work programme full account will be taken of the key issues identified at CSD-9 and elaborated in the JPOI. The work programme will build on the work of the UN system organizations involved and strengthen synergies among them as well as the relevant non-UN stakeholders.
7. UN-Energy will review its TOR every four years, or as appropriate.
Created in 2004, UN Energy ensures coherence in the multidisciplinary response of the United Nations system to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and supports countries in their transition to sustainable energy.