10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development (IFESD)

Start Date: Monday October 07, 2019

End Date: Tuesday October 08, 2019

Location: UN Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand


The 10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development which took take place under the theme “Translating Targets into Actions” on 7-8 October 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum was organized by the five United Nations Regional Commissions and the Ministry of Energy of the Kingdom of Thailand. Experts from the energy sector, representatives from governments, UN entities, international organizations and other stakeholders discussed major issues and demonstrated actions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 and meet commitments to mitigate climate change. 

EmPower: Women for Climate-Resilient Societies participated in  three sessions namely,“Clean Cooking: Evidence and Innovations for Filling the Gap”; “Sustainable Energy and Gender Empowerment within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement” and “Panel Discussion on promoting integrated approaches to address Gender Empowerment and Sustainable Energy”, sharing observations and lessons from EmPower’s engagement.  . At the session on Clean Cooking Ms. Anna-Karins Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director, UN Women, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific underlined “Clean cooking is not just vital to combating global climate change and reducing environmental degradation. It is also an essential piece of reducing poverty and bringing a range of social development benefits, including improving health and education outcomes”.

On the sessions on “Sustainable Energy and Gender Empowerment” EmPower n highlighted that “stretching beyond the societal norms, women should be provided the platformfor mentoring and building technical and non-technical skills to make informed decisions and engage with   energy policies and strategies.” For example, absence of access to electricity is one of the factors that contributes  to violence against women.  

At the final session the EmPower team highlighted that “Making gender and energy statistics available, accessible and meaningful to policy-makers is very important, so that energy policies can be formulated to fit for the local context of gender perspective”. The takeaway message was “the first and foremost task is to join hands and come together to amplify ‘voice and leadership for  women’, for achieving  the SDGs and its implementation for not just half but all of us”.