Permanent Missions of Mali, France, Norway and the United Arab Emirates to the UN and Powering Peace Session

Renewable Energy and MINUSMA
6 October, 4-5:30 pm

This will be a virtual discussion – hosted by the Permanent Missions of Mali (tbc), France, Norway and the United Arab Emirates to the UN and Powering Peace (a partnership between Energy Peace Partners and the Stimson Center) which brings together MINUSMA leadership, relevant UN departments, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and interested Member States to evaluate options for renewable energy integration. 

Mali and MINUSMA face some of the world’s highest energy costs, as well as supply line vulnerabilities from transport of diesel across hundreds of miles.  Renewable energy, now the cheapest power source in Mali and most countries, presents significant opportunities to address these challenges, as well as reduce carbon emissions and potentially leave a positive infrastructure legacy for host communities from the mission’s deployment.

As a baseline, the event will present Powering Peace’s just-released report „From Power to Peacebuilding in Mali: How Renewable Energy in UN Peacekeeping can Generate Peace Dividends“, on MINUSMA’s energy situation, and outline potential next steps based on security, technical, and financial viability. 

The discussions will also consider MINUSMA’s contribution toward the UN Secretariat’s overall 80% renewable energy target by 2030 and the UN Secretariat Climate Action Plan which aims to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030. 

The Panel discussion  is part of a series of workshops and panels in 2021 and 2022 on renewables implementation in specific security contexts and broader UN peace operations.

Registration will soon be available via this website. 



  • Hans Olav Ibrekk, Director Section for Energy, Climate and Food Safety, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway

  • Nawal Al Hosany, Permanent Representative to IRENA, United Arab Emirates