Germany and UNITAR collaborate to provide energy for refugees

Feb 1, 2017

31.01.2017: Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger and Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR Enlarge image 31.01.2017: Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger and Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR (© StV)

Many times, production of electricity in refugee camps is not environmentally friendly. Electricity for camp infrastructures is very often produced from diesel generators and only 10% of all refugees have access to basic electricity.

Germany asked UNITAR to support the major humanitarian organizations (e.g. UNHCR) in providing renewable energy solutions for refugees.

The aims of the project are:

1.            Identify existing and possible new partnerships

2.            Explore funding mechanisms

3.            Enhance the necessary capacity in the field

Leaving no one behind: This project contributes to Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals which calls for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

More Information:

UNHCR Energy

Innovation UNHCR

UNITAR, Renewable Energies Sustainable Development

Federal Foreign Office - External energy policy

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Germany and UNITAR signed agreement on the 31 January 2017 worth 250 000 US Dollar

31.01.2017: Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger and Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR