Brasilia, Brazil [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Working to accelerate the provision of energy services to those currently un-served or underserved, and the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency, particularly to the benefit of the rural poor, two global energy partnerships formed at the World Summit for Sustainable Development have signed an agreement to work together in a number of areas.The Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) have signed a formal agreement committing to cooperating in order to promote clean energy systems, while applying each organization’s delivery infrastructure. The result is that two WSSD Type 2 partnerships are now more formally engaged and they have identified synergies where the two programs can leverage impact. “We realized that there are a lot of synergies between our two partnerships,” said stated Marianne Osterkorn, International Director of the REEEP. “And with limited public funding for sustainable energy, it makes sense to work together to avoid duplication. REEEP looks forward to the technical in-country expertise that GVEP can provide to our projects.” Speaking at the GVEP Biennial Partner Assembly in Brasilia, GVEP Manager Abeeku Brew-Hammond announced that the GVEP Technical Secretariat will work closely with REEEP Regional Secretariats in reaching out to GVEP Country Focal Points around the world. “Closer cooperation between GVEP and REEEP should make it possible for us to harness energy for poverty reduction at a much faster rate,” Brew-Hammond said. “By working with REEEP to increase access to renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency, we will increase the options available on the ‘full menu’ which GVEP uses.” GVEP works to facilitate access to energy to the rural and urban poor throughout the world via major investment projects and other activities including advocacy at global and national levels. For example Brazil’s Programma Luz para Todos has been developed with GVEP participation to provide energy services to 12.5 million people by 2008. GVEP partners are also developing energy for poverty reduction programs in Senegal and Cameroon. In South East Asia strong links have been made with finance institutions. GVEP has 850 registered Partner organizations around the world and this number is growing steadily. GVEP brings together developing and industrialized country governments, public and private organizations, multilateral institutions, NGOs, civil society organizations, consumers, and others. REEEP’s work is focused on the development and support of legislative and regulatory frameworks that accelerate the marketplace for renewable energy and energy efficiency. REEEP is very active around the world with over 58 on-the-ground projects which are focused on either policy or financial models that can be replicated by governments and project developers worldwide. Currently more than 30 governments are partners of the REEEP including all G8 countries with the exception of Russia. In 2005, South Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, France, Angola and Chile have all joined the REEEP in order to support their domestic renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.