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Energy is a fundamental human need and a critical driver of sustainable development. International commitments to climate neutrality envisage the radical transformation of our energy systems, and one of the key priorities is to do it in a fair and inclusive way. However, access to energy remains a challenge for many communities, especially for women and marginalized groups. Energy poverty is not only a matter of access to electricity and heating but also encompasses the availability, reliability, and affordability of energy services. As the world moves towards a more sustainable energy future, it is essential to ensure that the energy transition is inclusive, equitable, and just for all.


Moderator: Jo-Anne Bishop, UN Women

11:00–11:15 Opening remarks

  • Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
  • Cécile Couprie, Regional Director for Eurasia (Balkans, Turkey, Caucasus, Central Asia), AFD French Agency for Development
  • Robert Watt, Engagement Director, SEI
  • Boris Ilijevski, Project Manager, EU Delegation to Serbia

11:15–12:15 Panel discussion

  • Jeppe Mikél Jensen, Energy Poverty Advisory Hub, EU
  • Laura Del Duca, Research Associate, SEI
  • Jasminka Young, Co-founder and Programme Director of RES Foundation, Serbia
  • Valbona Mazreku, Executive Director, Milieukontakt, Albania

12:15–12:25 Q&A and discussion

12:25–12:30 Closing remarks by moderator

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Organisers and contributors

UN Women ECA; Stockholm Environment Institute; The Agence Française de Développement (AFD); EU