Powering Equality: Virtual Report Launch and Discussion

Date and Time: Thursday September 10, 2020 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (ICT TIME: GMT+7)
Location: Online
To join the meeting, please follow this link. (CLOSED)

Download here the full report. 


The Asia Pacific region still has a long way to go to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Global efforts to reducing GHG emissions still remain a challenge for this for this hard-hit region. Compounding this, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges, as well as deepened existing inequalities, which impact communities and economies as they begin the road through crisis response and socio-economic recovery to try and build back better. The shift in the energy sector, towards a renewable decarbonized system, provides an important opportunity for the Asia Pacific region in this recovery. This transition is particularly important in mediating the energy access gap that prevails in the region.

This opportunity is particularly important for women and girls in the region, who have shown to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the same way they are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Yet women have proven to be active agents of change, creating new markets and delivering affordable and sustainable clean energy access to last mile users. Supporting women’s entrepreneurship in clean energy, both as customers and sellers of products and services of renewable energy can be transformational for communities to meet the dual challenges of climate change and the pandemic.

Through the project, EmPower: Women for Climate-Resilient Societies, that is jointly implemented with UN Women, UNEP will host an online event to virtually launch its new publication “Power Equality: Women’s entrepreneurship transforming Asia’s energy sector” which examines energy access, the need to build climate-resilient livelihoods for women in Asia and practical examples from the region to realize this. This publication was authored by Soma Dutta, Consultant on energy, poverty and gender at ENERGIA, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.

You can download the full report here.

For further info and RSVP:
UNEP Asia and the Pacific
Annette Wallgren: wallgren@un.org
Parimita Mohanty: mohantyp@un.org