<i>Message from IIED, the International Institute for Environment and Development</i>

From the 16 - 17 June 2012, IIED are leading the event Fair Ideas: solutions for a sustainable planet which will provide equal space for practitioners, policy-makers, activists, business representatives and researchers to discuss what it will take to achieve significant change. The two-day event will take place between the final preparatory negotiations and the summit, and IIED will take the key conclusions to the summit itself, to follow-up discussions there.

Access to energy is set to be a hot topic on day one of Fair Ideas: solutions for a sustainable planet. It will provide a key focus for the morning plenary ‘Better lives, smaller footprints’, and will fuel several subsequent discussions throughout the venue on issues such as feed-in tariffs, metrics and indicators of success, ‘energy pathways’ and the role of the private sector. Other discussions will focus on lessons learnt from experience - asking what works and what needs improving, and how can success stories such as Brazil’s Luz Para Todos programme be replicated elsewhere. The afternoon session in Lecture Theatre 2 will build on the outcomes of these discussions to foster a debate around one or two key issues relating to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, the aims of UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, and what will happen post 2012.

The other organisations involved specifically in the energy theme at the Fair Ideas event (TBC) include: Practical Action; Christian Aid; Friends of the Earth; International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Institute of Development Studies (IDS); STEPS Centre; World Future Council; Household Energy Network (HEDON); and more.

Further details of energy-related events are forthcoming, but more information on the two day event Fair Ideas: solutions for a sustainable planet can be found at here on the IIED website.

We would be interested in knowing whether you are attending Rio+20, what energy related events you plan to attend, and whether specifically you would like to attend and contribute to the IIED and partner organised event. The description above is a preliminary agenda which we are currently working on, and we would be interested in contributions from you regarding ‘hot topics’ and key examples on delivering sustainable energy for the poorest that you think should be included. This applies whether you are attending Rio or not, as we would like you to help shape the agenda.

Please email ben.garside at iied.org by the 27 April 2012 to have your views included.