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UNEP and IEA launch the first of a series of regional workshops on energy subsidy reform and sustainable development

Geneva/Nairobi, 6 November 2000 - Recognizing the strong need for reform of energy subsidies and sustainable development, the International Energy Agency and UNEP?s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics are jointly conducting a series of regional workshops in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The first workshop, held in Paris, 6-7 November 2000, will have an emphasis on OECD countries and countries with economies in transition, whereas subsequent regional meetings will emphasize issues relevant to the respective region and regional needs.

The workshops will provide a platform for policy-makers, economists and representatives of industry and NGOs, to discuss issues surrounding energy subsidy reform in preparation for CSD-9 and Rio + 10. By convening workshops on a regional basis, the initiative also seeks to promote dialogue between countries facing similar opportunities and challenges in the area of energy production and consumption and advance the dialogue between developed and developing countries on energy subsidies and their implications for sustainable development.

The workshops will help enhance in-country capacities to identify sustainable energy strategies and outline policy options that can support them. This will be accomplished by raising the awareness of workshop participants to the linkages between fossil fuel subsidies and their environmental, social and economic impacts.

Output of the workshops will be a compilation of ideas, policy options and recommendations, as well as a synthesis of the main recommendations of all workshops, which will be prepared and submitted to UNCSD 9 in March 2001.

Should you have any other enquires, please do not hesitate to contact
Anja Jaenz,
Economic Affairs Officer,
Economics and Trade Unit, UNEP, Geneva
Tel.: (41-22) 917 8137, Fax (41-22) 917 8076

In Nairobi, please contact:
Tore J. Brevik,
UNEP Spokesman/Director of Communications and Public Information,
P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya;
tel: (254-2) 623292; fax 623692;

UNEP Information Note 00/53

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