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Faith and Energy Access Meeting Report

October 2, 2012

On October 2, 2012, the United Nations Foundation and the World Faiths Development Dialogue organized a day-long workshop at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in Washington, DC. This meeting report summarizes the discussions that took place between energy experts, faith leaders, and development practitioners to highlight present initiatives by various faiths actors (insofar as these are known), their theological rationales, and the challenges that faith-inspired leaders and organizations confront in their efforts to alleviate energy poverty. In lieu of a sharpened international focus on achieving universal energy access, the meeting explored the various actual and potential roles of faith-inspired actors in contributing to this effort. The initiative grows from a June 2012 report by the United Nations Foundation—“Towards achieving universal energy access by 2030”— which is the first of three objectives under the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

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