The World Energy Assessment (WEA) has been commissioned to provide the scientific and technical basis for discussion in international forums and intergovernmental negotiation in pursuit of Agenda 21.Thus, it is intended to foster appropriate action in support of sustainable development at the global, regional and national levels. The Assessment will provide an objective evaluation of the social, economic, environmental, security and other issues linked to energy, identifying and assessing options for sustainability in each of these areas. The Assessment will serve as an input to the preparatory process leading up to and to the Ninth meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-9), which will focus on energy and will convene in the spring of 2001.
The WEA will provide the basis for the consultative process described here. The consultative process is designed to involve a broad range of stakeholders during the editorial process and beyond. It aims to facilitate constructive dialogue between different energy and non-energy sector stakeholders (governments, industry, distributors, consumers, financiers, etc.). It also seeks to facilitate negotiations on sustainable pathways -- especially at the international level -- by providing validated information on the linkages between energy and various sectoral and developmental issues. The process will offer an opportunity for informal debate on the issues.
The overall development objective of the consultative process is to raise awareness and build consensus on energy for sustainable development in the context of CSD-9 and beyond. Its four main objectives, also directed toward CSD-9, are:
1. Broad expert review of the first draft
2. Stakeholder consultations
3. Policy framework discussions and South-South/North-South exchanges
4. Development of information materials (discussion papers, media and parliamentarian kits)
This three-year project will be guided jointly by UNDP, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and World Energy Council (WEC), working with relevant organisations at the regional and global levels, energy experts, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and other stakeholders.