2. INFORSE Background
INFORSE is a worldwide network consisting of 140 Non Governmental Organisations working in about 60 countries to promote sustainable energy and social development.
The Network was established in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to secure follow-up in the political decision sat the United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
is actively engaged in international awareness rising. INFORSE follows and
influences sustainable energy issues in international negotiations and is accredited
to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1998, and United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2002.
As observer, INFORSE
has been involved among others:
- UNFCCC COPs:
21 in Paris, France, in 2015
20 in Lima, Peru, in 2014
19 in Warsaw, Poland, in 2013
18 in Doha, Qatar, in 2012
17 in Durban, South Africa, in 2011
16 in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010
15 in Copenhagen in 2009
14 in Poznan in 2008: INFORSE exhibited and organised
- The Rio Process including Rio+20
in 2012 as well as WSSD Johannesburg
in 2002, RE
Conference in Bonn'04, and BIREC
- UN-ECE Committee on Sustainable Energy
- European Environmental Ministers’ Meeting in
Aarhus, and Kiev´03,
- UNCSD Process:
CSD 9, 14 & 15,
INFORSE has participated with inputs, common statements ,and representations
at the European
Eco-Forum and Citizens
United for Renewables and Sustainability (CURES).
INFORSE has a global
Sustainable Energy Vision by 2050 with
100% Renewable Energy Supply. The Vision was prepared and
presented at the
Rio Conference in 2002.
The network evolves around the members supported by National
Focal Points in some countries and
Regional Coordinators working in their respective regions.
The most active regions are Europe, Asia,
INFORSE-Africa and INFORSE-Asia have been
involved in NGO cooperation NGO Capacity building project "Southern
Voices on Climate Change" in
Africa and in
Asia in 2011-14,
and a continued project on "Promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development
working to strengthen climate-policy networks
INFORSE-Asia has been involved in a project on the Advocacy
on Sustainable Eco-Village Development in 2015-17. The cooperation organisations
are from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The project is a continuation
of a previous project on "Sustainable Energy to Reduce Poverty", which published
on Sustainable Energy in English, Hindi, Nepali and Sinhala in
INFORSE-Europe is following the EU policy closely.
Read on INFORSE
and EU policy.
and has developed and promotes 100
% Renewable Energy scenarios/Visions for the
Countries. Besides, it has been active establishing a network among researchers
and NGOs, called the
In INFORSE, networking is understood as a process rather than a rigid
structure. The members work to achieve in common what would otherwise have been impossible for the individual organisation to reach in terms of financing, political influence and capacity. The more the members engage in the network by sharing information and work together, the more the individual organisation benefit from the network and the more effective is the network.
INFORSE network is supported by a Secretariat. The Secretariat is hosted by INFORSE-Europe/OVE. The Secretariat facilitates co-operation in the network and internationally for instance with the United Nations and the European Union.
Read more about the Secretariat and see the
contact addresses to the INFORSE
For more information: INFORSE
file 495 kB 2014), and INFORSE
folder, in word doc format (16 kB) (2002)