From May 16-20, Copenhagen hosted the first UN Global Compact Week , a working level gathering of all the Global Compact members involved in working groups, initiatives, platforms and Local Networks. The week featured, among the various meetings, the Global Compact Annual Meeting and the Annual Local Networks Forum.
The UN Global Compact Week was organized mainly with the aim of investigating how to integrate all the various issues and how to connect the dots among the numerous initiatives. It was also meant as an occasion for having all the practitioners interacting and sharing experiences and knowledge.
During this week, Eni was invited to address the audience at two events that are paving the way for engagement opportunities for business and for scaling-up the business contribution to the sustainability agenda for the next critical decades. As a matter of fact, the topic of energy, and in particular access to sustainable energy for all, will be a central theme for a series of major international events that will further shape the global sustainability agenda:
- the Fourth UN Private Sector Forum that will take place in New York in September 2011 (to which Eni took part in 2009);
- the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio in 2012 (Rio +20); and
- the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in 2012.
Consistently with this vision and with its mission, Eni, at the third Caring for Climate annual signatories meeting shared its experience in providing access to affordable and modern energy services while lowering GHG emissions, thus addressing the dual challenge of meeting the world's energy needs for development while tackling climate change.
Eni was also invited as a speaker to the closing session of the UN Global Compact Annual Meeting, a global gathering of the most active companies and organizations in the initiative. Building on the global consensus on the urgent need to take action to foster access to energy for all and based on its own experience, Eni, stressing the enormous economic, social, environmental and security challenges posed by energy poverty called for contributions from all the interested and concerned actors in order to act collectively in addressing all the dimensions of the issue and fighting energy poverty in order to achieve the goal of access to sustainable energy for all by 2030.