Our 1,000 Village initiative announced as one of the UN's Lighthouse Projects

7 December 2011

DURBAN: Our 1,000 Village initiative in Guiyang, China was selected by the UN as one of ten worldwide Lighthouse Projects of the UN's Momentum for Change, at a high-level event at COP 17 on December 6, 2011.

The event was held as an official launch for the Momentum for Change Initiative, where our China team was invited to introduce the 1,000-Village Initiative with a discussion on stage. 

Momentum for Change is the first platform created in partnership between UNFCCC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on successful and effective private-public partnerships, especially those that benefit the urban poor in developing countries.

The UNFCCC secretariat aims to build momentum for the evolving climate regime by showcasing Lighthouse Projects; adaptation or mitigation initiatives that have visibly improved the quality of life for people, and which have the potential to be scaled-up

Picked as a model Lighthouse Project, our 1,000 Village Initiative was launched in August 2009 in Guiyang in the south west of China, and seeks to promote clean infrastructure in remote rural areas in China, India and Africa.

To grow the initiative, in 2010 we invited Philips Lighting (China) to donate 100 solar LED street lights to 13 villages around Guiyang city, and Guiyang municipal government was responsible for the lights' construction, implementation and maintenance.

The installed solar LED street lights now make nights in the villages brighter and safer, and provide people living there with better communication and economic opportunities.

According to statistics, today the 1,000 Village Initiative in Guiyang benefits 2,400 villagers; an indication of why decision-makers chose the initiative as a shining Lighthouse Project example.

The Momentum for Change event which framed the discussion was opened by Lord Stern, before Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary displayed a short video to highlight the purpose of Momentum for Change, as well as to introduce each of the unique and international Lighthouse Projects.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Madam Chair of COP 17, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, and H.E. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, all gave keynote speeches to the crowd of over 500 heads of international organizations, NGOs and corporates, who will have left the conference hall inspired to drive the global public-private success stories of tomorrow.

Read the press release 

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