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GSC VIRTUAL FORUM 2020
Enabling a Sustainable Future: the role of solar power in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals
PLUS: The next destination for solar: Africa market outlook

We are familiar with the enormous importance of solar power in combatting climate change and transitioning to a decarbonized economy in coming decades. But beyond protecting the climate and safeguarding the environment, the trajectory towards solar offers a host of other benefits: solar energy is vital not only for the Planet, but also for People and Prosperity.

The Global Solar Council Virtual Forum is a two-day online event showcasing the enormous potential of solar power to bring about a clean, fair and sustainable future and enable quality employment in all regions of the world, from cities to rural communities. Through a series of virtual sessions, the Global Solar Council will explore the vital contribution that solar photovoltaics (PV) can make – and in many cases is already making – towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and a wide range of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will offer policy and industry insights into the kind of integrated action that needs to become a common playbook for a decade of action.

As an extension of this theme and in collaboration with SolarPower Europe, the GSC Virtual Forum will take a close look at the state of solar PV in Africa and the outlook for the continent’s key markets, continuing the Global Solar Council’s focus on emerging solar markets in 2020, which has spanned Latin America and South East Asia.

Schedule

· Stage
Enabling a Sustainable Future: the role of solar power in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Introduction & moderation
· Stage
SESSION ONE - Presentations: the PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
7 different presentations
Patrick Tonui Shannon McCarthy Paulette  Middleton Bahareh Seyedi David Wortmann
· Stage
Solar power, job creation & a sustainable value chain
The PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
· Stage
The potential of solar PV and integrated action for sustainable development
The PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
Bahareh Seyedi
· Stage
Capacity building and skills for tomorrow’s solar jobs
The PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
Paulette  Middleton
· Stage
The solar-water nexus, awareness & behavior changing
The PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
Shannon McCarthy
· Stage
Off-grid solar energy for remote communities
The PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
Patrick Tonui
· Stage
Political action towards 100% renewable energy and climate protection
The PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
David Wortmann
· Stage
Removing obstacles to climate action by consumers and freeing the potential for mass PV adoption
The PV industry at the heart of sustainable development and poverty alleviation; solar solutions as drivers of sustainable behaviors & livelihoods
· Networking
Open discussion and networking
with GSC Board members and participants
· Stage
Decentralized solar energy in Africa
Policy development for solar PV development in Africa: focus on feed-in tariffs and net metering and microgrids
David Lecoque
· Stage
Next PV destinations: policies and collaboration for solar success in African markets
Welcome
JOSE DONOSO JOSE DONOSO
· Stage
SESSION ONE - Policy development for solar PV development in Africa: focus on feed-in tariffs and net metering and microgrids
Session one
Maged MAHMOUD Nopenyo Dabla David Lecoque Michael Kiza Máté HEISZ
· Stage
Africa solar market outlook to 2040
Policy development for solar PV development in Africa: focus on feed-in tariffs and net metering and microgrids
Nopenyo Dabla
· Stage
Solar market development in Africa – regulatory experience from a European investor perspective
Policy development for solar PV development in Africa: focus on feed-in tariffs and net metering and microgrids
· Stage
Regional policy spotlights from Centres of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Policy development for solar PV development in Africa: focus on feed-in tariffs and net metering and microgrids
Maged MAHMOUD Michael Kiza
· Stage
African country markets briefing and roundtable
African country focus and roundtable: regional cooperation and the role of a GSC Africa Task Force
Isaiah Nyakusendwa Geoffrey Kaila Prosper Magali Segun Adaju Ricardo Costa Pereira
· Stage
African country focus and roundtable: regional cooperation and the role of a GSC Africa Task Force
Session two
David Wedepohl Isaiah Nyakusendwa Geoffrey Kaila Prosper Magali Segun Adaju Ricardo Costa Pereira Niveshen Govender
· Stage
Solarize Africa Market Report 2020
African country focus and roundtable: regional cooperation and the role of a GSC Africa Task Force
David Wedepohl
· Stage
Final remarks and closing

Speakers

JOSE DONOSO

Chair-elect, Global Solar Council (GSC)

Ricardo Costa Pereira

President, AMER - Associação Moçambicana de Energias Renováveis

Niveshen Govender

Board Director, GSC; Chief Operations Officer, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA)

Michael Kiza

Programme Management Expert, East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREEE)

David Lecoque

CEO, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

JOSE DONOSO

Chair-elect, Global Solar Council (GSC)

Segun Adaju

President, REAN - Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria

David Wortmann

Head of the Board, Energy Watch Group

Bahareh Seyedi

Senior Sustainable Development Officer, UN Secretariat, Department of Social and Economic Affairs

Prosper Magali

Vice Chairperson of Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA)

Geoffrey Kaila

Chairman, SIAZ - Solar Industry Association of Zambia

Paulette Middleton

Board of Directors Executive Committee, International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

Nopenyo Dabla

Programme Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Shannon McCarthy

Secretary General, International Desalination Association (IDA)

Isaiah Nyakusendwa

Chairman, REAZ - Renewable Energy Association of Zimbabwe

Maged MAHMOUD

Acting Executive Director, Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

David Wedepohl

Managing Director International Affairs, German Solar Association

Máté HEISZ

Co-chairman, GSC; Head of International Cooperation, SolarPower Europe

Patrick Tonui

Head of Policy and Regional Strategy, GOGLA

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