2014 Tutu Fellow Ladé Araba says she is excited to serve on the United Nation’s Technical Working Group on Energy Access. It will be responsible for developing an actionable global roadmap to achieve universal clean and affordable energy access for all, by 2030, something she says "is no mean feat”. She said in announcement on LinkedIn that she was thrilled to collaborate with a “formidable team of sector experts”.  Ladé is the Managing Director for Africa at Convergence Finance. 

Lade also expressed her enthusiasm about participating in the upcoming UN High Level Dialogue on Energy. The summit will take place in September this year, in New York.

The objective of the Working Group is to “produce an action-oriented, operational-focused thematic report with targeted recommendations for achieving the 2025 interim milestones, the 2030 SDG7 targets, and net-zero emissions by 2050.” These targeted recommendations will be needed to create the conditions in the wider systems of energy to enable profound shifts in mindsets and to obtain new patterns of behaviours and relationships. Without these, it will not be possible to accelerate progress towards the goals set and the net-zero outcomes by 2050.  The UN Technical Working Group has met five times so far ahead of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy in New York in September, which will have as it's theme universal access to electricity and clean cooking, as well as heating and cooling and other energy services.

One other Tutu Fellow, Wiebe Boer, is serving on the UN Technical Working Group 5: Finance and Investment. This working group will also participate in the September conference in a separate themed track.

You can read more on Lade’s LinkedIn page or on the United Nations website.

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