UNESCO partners with MENASOL 2010 and will be discussing the role of solar in the region

MENASOL 2010 has just released some important announcements about the event taking place on May 4-5 in Cairo, which has cemented it as a must attend by the solar industry.

UNESCO has joined as official partners for the event. This is a very valuable partnership for the event and for those attending as they play an integral role in mobilizing the solar agenda in the region.

UNESCO is pivotal to both policy makers and commercial entities, as their mandate clearly demonstrates it is their mission and objective to actively support solar activities in the region;

1. To promote regional and sub-regional cooperation with regard to the sustainable management and conservation of freshwater, terrestrial resources by fostering innovative implementation mechanisms and related capacity building in renewable and alternative sources of energy for sustainable development and poverty eradication in the Arab region.

2. To enhance the leverage of science through integrated science, technology and innovation (STI) policy by assisting member states in the adoption and implementation of Science and Technology action plans in pre-selected priority economic sectors such as energy, water, etc., and promoting regional cooperation in STI policy among the Arab States

3. To monitor the implementation of Agenda 21 in the region and assist member States in formulating, developing and implementing environmental policies

4. To support the private sector and the development of entrepreneurship in related areas.

Sebastian Waldburg, Managing Partner at SI Capital will join the European Investment Bank in providing a solar investment case study, and will openly discuss the challenges with development financing, project financing, the search for the right equity partner, and the technological and development challenges.

Mariangels Perez Latorre, Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association will be talking about how they are promoting CSP in MENA, and what lessons have been learned in Spain.

The global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier Foster Wheeler are Bronze sponsors of the event and will be on hand to share their invaluable real-life plant building experience

Heidi Hafes, Events Director for MENASOL 2010 said "These developments are not just great news for the event but huge news for those that attend as it is the only place where the synergy of political and commercial aspirations for the MENA region are being openly discussed by the key influencers. This rare insight will help build strategies to tap into the billion dollar solar opportunity in MENA"

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