United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Women

Thematic Discussions: Improving access to reliable, affordable, economically viable,
socially acceptable environmentally sound energy services
Submitted by and drafted by for the Women Major Group:
Mary Rose Kaczorowski, Women?s Global Green Action Network (WGGAN)
Sheila Oparaocha, Energia
Dr. Govind Kelkar, UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office/New Delhi India
May Sengendo, East African Energy Technology Development Network
The Women Major Group would like to thank the panelists who brought up approaches that
have been discussed in regards to creating an enabling environment in regards to the business
and planning and implementation of policies and programs on sustainable energy.
Removing barriers so that women and their local communities can participate in the development
of appropriate energy technology services is crucial to good governance mechanisms, especially
when and where women are recipients of technology transfer and their participation is scaled up
into environmentally appropriate and sustainable renewable technology capacity building such as
for clean cooking fuels and for other productive end uses.
In support of comments by WHO- one of the questions we ask to be discussed in your analysis
and that we hope will be answered is how women and children?s deaths and illness due to indoor
pollution can be eliminated and women?s independent capacities be built to overcome poverty
and disease?