University of St Andrews

From the Arctic to Istanbul

Friday 18 September 2015

Robert Rehner begins working on an ambitious joint collaboration between the Arctic Research Centre (ARC)-International Energy Justice Council (IEJC)-UN Development Programme (UNDP).

As a visiting researcher to the regional hub for Europe and Central Asia, he is working on a number of renewable energy projects developed by UNDP which are then to be implemented in the respective countries. These projects are to contribute to the achievement of the recently formulated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are to be formally approved at the UN Sustainable Development Summit at the end of September in UN headquarters in New York. These goals are to supersede the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) where the timeframe was set to 2015. 17 ambitious SDGs with 169 underlying targets are to be achieved by the year 2030 and are to guide global development activities by indicating pressing global issues in different thematic areas. Amongst others, they are to tackle global poverty and hunger, promote sustainability in all human settlements, help to combat climate change and its impacts and promote access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, amongst others. He aims to develop collaborative papers around the notions of energy justice and de-risking.

Photo of Robert Rehner-UN