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UN-DESA Energy Grant
$1 Million Energy Grant Awarded to
We Care Solar

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Dr. Patrick Ho. Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,Dr. Laura Stachel, Co_Founder and Executive Director, We care Solar  Mr. Zang Jianjun

Dr. Patrick Ho. Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,
 Mr. Zang Jianjun,Vice President of China Energy Fund Committee,
Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar

 

We Care Solar
awarded
US$1 million
UN-CEFC Energy Grant

 

The China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced the first recipient of the 
Powering the Future We Want 
energy grant.

 

The grant, which provides one million US dollars to fund energy-related sustainable development programs, is awarded to individuals, institutions, or partnerships for achievements, leadership, and innovation in advancing energy for sustainable development. The first recipient of the grant, is

We Care Solar.

 

We Care Solar has developed and distributed a portable power supply system specifically designed to assist medical procedures for childbirth. Nearly half a million women die each year due to childbirth-related complications, with enormous repercussions for families and communities. Unreliable or lacking access to electricity, which results in unlit operating rooms and non-functioning medical equipment, is attributable to nearly half of these preventable tragedies.

 

We Care Solar’s “Solar Suitcase” brings a solar power kit to health clinics in a lightweight, durable, and affordable package. The suitcase supplies power necessary for delivery and operating room lighting, and includes equipment necessary for a variety of obstetric medical procedures. Now five years running, the solar suitcase program has been successfully fielded in a number of countries. The grant will allow We Care Solar to expand the scale and reach of their program.

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, Under Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, and Nikil Seth, the Director of the UN Division for Sustainable Development, were among the many dignitaries who attended the award ceremony. Dr. Patrick Ho, CEFC’s Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General, represented CEFC at the award ceremony.

 

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed the context and importance of the award in his opening remarks. Energy, he said, underpins many of the world’s development objectives, including eliminating poverty, enhancing food security, providing health services, and increasing access to education. For Secretary General Ban, the award ceremony served not only to announce the winner of the grant but also to honor, recognize, and showcase the work being undertaken around the world to achieve sustainable energy for all.

 

CEFC’s Deputy Chairman and Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Ho, said that the UN-CEFC Energy Grant is intended to encourage and commend excellence in the field of global energy. Individuals and organizations working to promote sustainable development should be recognized, he said, because they contribute
 to a better life for all mankind.

 

More than 200 organizations and individuals applied to the Energy Grant. After several rounds of evaluation, ten finalists were selected. Among these, We Care Solar was chosen as the recipient of the million dollar grant. Masdar, the United Arab Emirates’ comprehensive sustainable energy project, was recipient of a Special Award, while BYD – an IT, rechargeable battery, and vehicle manufacturer – received a special recognition.

 

Masdar received the Special Award for its efforts to promote the adoption and application of renewable energy. Masdar’s activities in renewable energy are renowned and extensive. In addition to developing its own renewable energy program, Masdar has helped to develop and service a number of renewable energy projects in developing countries. Masdar has also focused on advancing both renewable energy technology
 and education.

 

BYD received its special recognition for its work in developing and fielding sustainable transport technologies. BYD’s electrified vehicle fleets have been adopted in over 150 cities and 36 countries.

 

The ten finalists of the grant were: Eco-Fuel Africa, the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Uganda, MicroEnergy International, the Pact Institute, Powerhive, the Self-Employed Women’s Association – Bharat (SEWA Bharat), SolarAid, the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) and Village Energy, and We Care Solar.

 

The Energy Grant is awarded jointly by the United Nations and CEFC. CEFC is proud to represent Chinese philanthropic efforts in the international community, and to encourage and assist efforts to further the development of sustainable energy.

 

The China Energy Fund Committee is a non-governmental, non-profit civil society organization. It serves as a high-end strategic think-tank engaged in energy strategy research, energy and public diplomacy, and promotion of global energy cooperation and cultural exchange. CEFC holds special consultative status with the United Nations, and is the sole sponsor of the Powering the Future We Want Energy Grant.

 

The Energy Grant’s website is available at
 
https://poweringthefuture.un.org/.

 Further information on CEFC’s work is available at
 
http://www.cefc.org.hk/ .  

 
Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, DESA, Executive Director (Appointed) UNITAR

Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development,
DESA, Executive Director (Appointed) UNITAR
Mr Wu Hongbo, Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs,
H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
H.E.Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly,
Dr. Patrick Ho. Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee.

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co_Founder and Executive Director, We care Solar

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar

H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,

H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
H.E.Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly,
Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar
Dr. Patrick Ho. Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co_Founder and Executive Director, We care Solar

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar

Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability at Masdar,

Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability at Masdar,
Accepting the Special Award given to Masdar,
 the Renewable Energy Company of Abu Dhabi.

The Ten Finalists awaiting the Award Announcement

The Ten Finalists awaiting the Award Announcement

H.E.Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly,

The Nigerian Power Authority, thanking
H.E.Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly,

Presentation of the $1 million Grant

Presentation of the $1 million Grant to We Care Solar

Mr. Zhang Guobao, Former Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission and former Director of the National Energy Administration of China,Dr. Patrick Ho. Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,  Mr. Zang Jianjun,Vice President of China Energy Fund Committee.

Mr. Zhang Guobao, Former Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission and former Director of the National Energy Administration of China,
Mr. Andrew Lo, Deputy Secretary General of CEFC
,
 
Dr. Patrick Ho. Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,
 Mr. Zang Jianjun,
Vice President of China Energy Fund Committee.

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co_Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar

www.wecaresolar.org

Solar for Health Care

Solar-Suitcase 2.0 in Liberia Health Clinic

WE CARE Solar provides health facilities in areas without reliable electricity with highly efficient solar energy systems to power medical lighting, mobile communication and essential medical devices.

Our durable, plug-and-play Solar Suitcases facilitate timely, safe, appropriate emergency obstetric care and improve outcomes for mothers and newborns.  The obstetric Solar Suitcase includes medical quality lighting,  fetal monitors, power for charging cell phones and small devices, and headlamps with rechargeable batteries. A Solar Suitcase with solar panels, battery, LED lights, charge controller, mounting hardware, and standard accessories costs $1500.

Headlamps for Haitian health workers

In remote regions without health facilities, we provide headlamps, cell phone charging and solar powered lanterns to community health workers and traditional birth attendants to improve the safety of home birth.

Our aim is to improve health outcomes for childbearing mothers and their families by supporting health workers with equipment powered by the sun.

 
 
 
 

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