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Bonn, Germany, 1- 4 June, 2004

HIGHLIGHTS: Tuesday, 1 June

Participants to the International Conference for Renewable Energies heard opening statements this morning, followed by a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (MSD). In the afternoon, the MSD discussed financing and capacity building. Numerous side events were also held throughout the day, including the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) event, and the Science Forum on research, development and education. The Sustainable Energy Finance event also took place.

Bonn's International Conference Center, location
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Bärbel Dieckmann, Mayor of Bonn.

Ernst Ulrich Von Weizsäcker, Chairman, Bundestag Committee on Environment and Nuclear Safety, Germany.

Chakib Khelil, Minister of Energy and Mining, Algeria.



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Jürgen Trittin, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany. (excerpt)

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany.

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker Chairman, Bundestag Committee on Environment and Nuclear Safety, Germany, giving the general welcome address.

Bärbel Dieckman,Mayor of Bonn, Germany, giving the host city welcome address.

Abigail Gay Zualsula, Greenpeace, and Yongmale Mbapa, Youth Energy Summit (YES 2004), giving opening statements.

Rajendra K. Pachuari, Director General, The Energy Resources Institute (India) and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), giving the first introductory keynote.

Chakib Khelil, Minister of Energy and Mining, Algeria, giving the second introductory keynote.

Jürgen Trittin, Co-chair of the opening session.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Co-chair of the opening session.

Rajendra Pachauri, Director General, Energy Resources Institute, India.

(Above photo:) Abigail Gay Zuasula, Greenpeace, giving her opening statement at the podium, and Yongamele Mbapa, Youth Energy Summit, waits for her turn to speak on the far right.

Mohammed El-Ashry was a member of this morning's opening session panel.

Members of major groups and delegations in the main plenary room.

"Observers" of the conference sit in seats high above the plenary floor.

Jürgen Trittin co-chaired the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue.


Each session of the The MSD included statements from major stakeholder groups, followed by a dialogue.

Listen to co-chair Wieczorek-Zeul's summaries of the sessions:

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul co-chaired the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue and gave finally summaries of the two sessions.

Participants of the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue.

David Hales, Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future (UK), facilitated the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue


Global Village Energy Partnership Side Event

Participants to this side event learned about the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) and its work to increase energy access in various countries around the world.

Participants at the Global Village Energy Partnership Side Event.

Above photo, left to right: Roberto Gonzalez Diaz-Duran (Guatemala’s Minister of Energy and Mines), Ma Shenghong (Renewable Energy Development Center, China) and Judy Siegel (GVEP).

Jürgen Schmid, Solar Energy Research Association (FVS), chaired a number of sessions at the Science Forum side event and announced the launching of an internet-based information exchange and education system.

Science Forum: Research, Development and Education - The Basis for Widespread Employment of Renewable Energies

Participants focused on issues of research and development, as well as education and training networks.

Participants at the Science Forum side event.

Gianni Operto, Sustainable Asset Management, considering new investment opportunities.

Related Event: BASE Investment Forum

Participants of this event heard a keynote presentation on what makes a successful business model, and listened to presentations on 12 energy projects and 3 sustainable energy funds.

Heart Akerson, Heart Transverter, presented the investment opportunities available in his company.


Juliet Jones (ENB) was stopped by a large WWF panda handing out information on her way to the conference center this morning.

Youths greeted conference participants as they arrived at the conference center and gave them Greenpeace pamphlets eliciting their support for renewable energies and identifying themselves as the "SolarGeneration: young people fighting with Greenpeace for renewable energy".

(Above photos) WWF and Greenpeace greeting conference participants this morning.

(Below and right) Some of the interesting exhibits to be seen around the conference grounds.

The Greenpeace exhibit outside the main entrance of the conference center.

Enercon displayed the "insides" and the blade of a wind turbine.

German Minister Trittin receiving the symbols of Climate Alliance's CLIMATE RELAY from Bonn's Lady Mayor Baerbel Dieckmann and Gotelind Alber, Director of the Climate Alliance, after the relay has covered 4000 kilometres, some 200 stages, and more than 100 local renewable energy projects, highlighting the strong support for renewables from local and regional governments, NGOs and citizens. For more information see www.climatealliance.org and www.klimastaffel.de



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