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Monday, November 26

6:15pm CET

How indigenous people can "renew" renewable energies
Interpretation is provided in English and Spanish

Organized by ENEL

Brief description of the session:
This session will explore the nexus between renewable energies and Indigenous people.  Enel Green Power will be publishing a book to give a voice to some of the indigenous communities hosting renewable plants in different countries with regard to the cultural aspects of water, earth, wind and sun,  all of which,  from the company’s point of view, are primarily energy sources. This will serve as a starting point for the session.

Session objectives:
To open a multi-stakeholders’ dialogue on the implications of Indigenous people rights and renewable energies deployment.

Key discussion questions:
Analyzing how renewable plants relate to indigenous peoples, with a focus on cultural identities and natural resources. Underlying themes of this session are both the relation between indigenous peoples' rights and the impacts of business activities, as well as the link between climate change and the transition to a green economy.

Format of the session:
Roundtable and Q&A

Background to the discussion:
On the one hand, renewable energies are key to fight climate change whose negative impacts are particularly strong on those emerging economies where indigenous communities are more concentrated;  on the other hand, the same technologies still have environmental, socio-economic and cultural impacts.
 The private sector in general, and Enel Green Power in particular, has been focusing its efforts on mitigating socio-environmental impacts, through its sustainable construction site and plant models.
The panel will concentrate on how renewable energies can be integrated in an environment, which is not only a physical entity but also a cultural landscape where, for example, “energy sources” have cultural/spiritual meanings. The discussion will be led by representatives of indigenous communities EGP is working or will be working with, institutional representatives and one artist who has been working on art as a tool for social inclusion.

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Martyn Ellis

Martyn Ellis

Indigenous representative, Enel Green Energy
Renewable Energy and indigenous involvement

Marco Frey

Global Compact Italian Network

Jesus Gomez


Roba Bulga Jilo

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, Ethiopia
avatar for Lise Kingo

Lise Kingo

CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles... Read More →
avatar for Mohammadi Saleh Mahmoud

Mohammadi Saleh Mahmoud

Artist, winner of Cairo Prize
My Name is Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi,Contemporary artist born in 1979 in Tehran.I live in Milan, the center of my art and my study.My communication is not only through painting, but also through Social-Art , installations and performances.these art forms intervening in our Contemporaneity... Read More →

Gloria Serobe

Community Representative Khomani San, South Africa

Bernarda Amolef Silva

Presidenta de la Comunidad Indígena Mapu Pillmaiquen, Chile

Monday November 26, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm CET
Room XXI

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