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18 November 2014

ESCOs in Romania - a solution to a wider accessibility to energy efficiency measures especially in poor areas

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania, with the support of European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Romania, organized in Bucharest, on 17 November 2014, the workshop “Opportunities and Challenges: ESCOs in Romania - a solution to a wider accessibility to energy efficiency measures especially in poor areas”.

The event was attended by more than 50 participants from public administration and business sector, and benefited from the input of several technical experts invited as keynote speakers from EBRD office in Romania, UNDP Regional Center in Istanbul and WWF Hungary, presenting case studies and practical lessons learned aimed to raise awareness and contribute to information exchange on feasibility of ESCO investments.

The workshop presentations focused on ESCO best practices, as a mean to stimulate energy efficiency measures, possibly alleviate fuel poverty and enable a wider access to financing energy efficiency measures:

Further details on the workshop rationale are available here, while the main conclusions of the meeting will follow shortly. 

This initiative is part of a series of events on Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty - organized within the framework of the project “Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Areas and Households of Romania”, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UNDP in Romania.

 
24 October 2014

UNITED NATIONS DAY 2014 CELEBRATED IN ROMANIA

UNITED NATIONS DAY 2014 CELEBRATED IN ROMANIA

The United Nations in Romania in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrated the United Nations Day 2014. More than 100 representatives of the Romanian Government and Parliament, central authorities, ambassadors, key opinion leaders, representatives of academia, corporate sector, NGO’s and media attended the event hosted by the Romanian Diplomatic Institute.

The United Nations Day – 24 October - has been celebrated since 1948 to mark the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. [...] At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good”, said UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

Romania joined the UN in 1955 and the first UN agency opened an office in Bucharest in 1970. The partnership between the UN and Romania has been longstanding and fruitful.

Romania, as a democratic and peaceful country, and as an EU Member State, has an important role to play in promoting the values enshrined in the UN Charter. The participation of the Prime Minister in the General Assembly last September is a symbol of Romania’s strong commitment to the principles of the UN”, declared Sandie Blanchet, Acting UN Resident Coordinator and UNICEF Representative.

The UN Country team members – the IMF, IOM, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Bank and WHO - support Romania’s reforms to promote the social inclusion of vulnerable people (including very poor people, Roma people, children, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees); better access to quality health, education and social protection services; a more sustainable use of natural resources; stronger governance and human rights observance –among others.

Next year will be of particular importance for several reasons:

- Celebration of 70 years of partnership between Romania and the UN;

- Counties will report on progress against the Millennium Development Goals;

The UN will adopt the post-2015 agenda. It will be the first time that the world endorses a truly universal agenda that addresses all the dimensions of sustainable development: social,economic and environmental.

The expected adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015 will be an important landmark that will galvanize the partnership between Romania and the UN, both in the country and beyond its borders. 

 

 
05 September 2014

UNDP Launches Competition: “Energy Efficiency Begins with Local Communities”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania launches between 5 September - 20 October 2014 the competition “Energy Efficiency Begins with Local Communities” which targets the municipalities in Dolj and Hunedoara counties.

Organized within the project “Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania”, the contest aims to involve as many communities in the pilot areas of the project and aims to reward the efforts of local authorities on energy efficiency measures and use of energy from renewable resources.

To this end, municipalities are invited, as of 5 September 2014 until 20 October 2014 to submit their applications, which must evidence the energy efficiency measures undertaken in their City Hall buildings   and use of alternative energy in these buildings.

The prizes for the municipalities ranked in the top three will consist in the provision and installation of a sustainable heating system for an institution (school, nursery, home for the elderly, etc.) in their respective municipalities: 1st prize - heating system maximum amount of $ 20,000, 2nd prize - heating system maximum amount of 17,500 dollars, 3rd prize - heating system maximum amount of $ 15,000.

Further details regarding the competition and application rules may be found here. The press release may be found here.

The GEF-financed Project "Improving the Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania" is implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Romania), in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDAP), the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MMSC), Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) and six local municipalities in Dolj and Huneadoara counties.

 
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The United Nations Development Programme in Romania

The UNDP Romania Country Office has been phased out at the end of December 2012, upon the completion of our Executive Board-approved Country Programme Document for Romania (2010-2012).  In this context, UNDP’s international representation in the form of a Resident Representative function has ceased as of 31 December, 2012.

As of 1 January 2013, UNDP’s presence in Romania will be constituted as Project Management Office (PMO), and will be headed by a National Head of Office.  The PMO is expected to be in place until June 2015 having its main responsibility to oversee the implementation of the residual projects portfolio.

 

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