Series - Knowledge and learning events and products

European Energy Charter Conference, March 17, 1994 - 1v

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Knowledge and learning events and products


  • 1984 - 1997, 2003 (Creation)

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18.34 linear feet of textual records

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Most records were sent to the World Bank Group Archives by the Industry and Energy Department (IEN) responsible units in multiple transfers between 1995 and 1998, and a single transfer by the Oil and Gas Division, Sustainable Energy Department (SEGOM) in 2013, according to approved records retention and disposition schedules.

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Series consists of records related to conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops, roundtables, and similar knowledge and learning events that were developed and hosted by Industry and Energy Department (IEN) energy units or attended by sector directors and staff. A portion of files also relate to sector staff's participation in preparatory work for events such as conference steering committees and the vetting of papers submitted. The series also contains newsletters as well as published and unpublished articles and reports authored or co-authored by sector staff. The earliest records dated 1984 are copies of externally authored discussion and presentation papers. Records were created and maintained by various units such as: Industry and Energy Office of the Director (IENDR), Natural Gas Development Unit (IENGU), Power Development, Efficiency & Household Fuels Division (IENPD), and ESMAP Operations Division (ESMOD).

Conferences, seminars, and similar events that were organized as Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) technical assistance or relating to other ESMAP projects are not included in this series if there was a clear distinction. See the related units of description note below for more information.

Conferences, seminars, other knowledge and learning events

Records reflect IEN Director Richard Stern's attendance and or participation including as a panel member at various international conferences and symposia such as the World Energy Council Congress (1995) and World Economic Development Congress Power Project Finance Summit. Stern also maintained records of World Bank seminars conducted by his division chiefs and staff as reference (Seminar on Technical and Economic Nuclear Issues, 1994). There is also a small volume of files containing papers presented by IENDR Adviser Dennis Anderson on the Bank's solar initiative experience to date at the International Symposium on the Grand Solar Challenge (1995) with other event records. Also included are a draft and three computer disks relatedto Anderson's paper "Energy, Environment and Economy". Knowledge and learning event records were largely maintained by IEN divisions. The whole of the records of IENDR and divisions cover the period 1988 to 1998.

Records consist of facsimiles and letters sent to participants or organizers covering invitations to the event and preparation of the agenda, and internal memoranda between IENDR, division management, and staff discussing the organization of speakers, selection of panels and topics, administrative arrangements, and follow-up to various events. Memoranda are often in the form of Terms of Reference (TORs), back-to-office-reports, and summaries of discussions, together with an attached event program, drafts and final agenda, presentation slide hard copies, or the paper presented at the event, some of which are externally authored papers. Additional record types in the series include: conference session papers; lists of participants and speakers; program and presentation outlines and notes; papers prepared by sector staff or consultants; working papers and reports produced by participants or external authors; transparency slides; biographical sketches of presenters; and press clippings or articles.

Specific topics represented in the knowledge and learning events include, but are not limited to: seminars concerning power sector regulatory issues; structure and pricing; energy policy; power system planning; natural gas; electricity and gas trade; financing energy; roundtables on energy efficiency; independent power projects; or power supply in low- and lower-middle income countries; International Gas Trade Roundtable; and workshops on renewable energy; oil and gas; commercialization of natural gas; and annual World Bank Energy Workshops.

There are also individual files regarding Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings (1994 - 1996), IEN road shows and products (1992 - 1994), Task Managers' Workshop on Global Environment Facility Global Warming Projects sponsored by Global Environment Coordination Division (ENVCG) and partners, Mining and the Community for Asian and Pacific Nations (1998), China Coal Sector Development and Reform Conference World Bank and ESMAP (2003), and various other events.

Speeches, newsletters, publications, and other material

The series contains speeches of the first IEN Director, Anthony Churchill, given at various external conferences and events (1990 - 1993) and speeches on the topic of energy and the environment given at conferences and similar events by Churchill and others including Bank Group President Barber B. Conable and Energy Strategy, Management, and Assessment (IENES) Division Chief Robert J. Saunders at the ESMAP consultative meeting, 1988. A single file containing material for speeches on gas mostly contains papers authored by IENGU chief and draft papers used for the 1992 World Development Report (WDR) related to natural gas benefits to the environment, gas activities of ESMAP, and letters to external peers requesting review and comments.

Series also consists of two files of publications and computer disks maintained by Anderson on various energy and environment topics that he mostly authored and co-authored (1988 - 1996). Files contain an item list of papers, final drafts, final papers published in academic journals and at conferences, and a draft for the new Finance and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency (FPD) series on "Approaches to Private Power". Publication topics include: cost effectiveness in addressing the CO2 problem; cost of nuclear power and fossil fuels; sustainable development; energy efficiency and pollution; industry and the environment; and more. The files also contain some papers by other colleagues including "Transportation and CO2 Emissions: Flexing the Link - A Strategy for the World Bank".

There are also two files containing internally produced newsletters (1994 - 1996), including Oil and Gas, Energy Notes, FPD Notes about the activities of Finance and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency, internal memoranda about the publications, and external press articles about the Bank sectors.

Three training-related files relate to Monitoring Training Program and IEN Support Staff Workshop (1993 - 1995) as well as IENGU gas training (1989 - 1990).

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Accruals are expected.

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Records are mostly arranged according to subject.

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Conditions governing access

Records in this series are subject to either or both the World Bank Policy on Access to Information and the International Finance Corporation Access to Information Policy.

Conditions governing reproduction

Records in this series are subject to either or both the World Bank Copyright Policy and the International Finance Corporation Copyright Policy.

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  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

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Related units of description

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Chronological files (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-02) for correspondence and related records of conferences and other events organized or attended by the sector director and senior advisors that were maintained in the Institutional Information Services Center (IISC).

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Operational support and ESMAP operations (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-03) for ESMAP-related workshops, seminars and similar events as technical assistance components that were organized by sector staff under the ESMAP program.

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Liaison, partnerships and program collaboration (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-06) for records regarding conferences and workshops conducted as part of established global partnership programs, such as the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) program and Extractives Industries Review (EIR).

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Operations research and reference material (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-07) for research studies and papers prepared as well as reference material collected by IEN and predecessor units that relate to the work of the department.

  • See Records of the Industry and Mining Sector - Knowledge and learning events (WB IBRD/IDA IND-04) for records of other IEN department knowledge and learning events in the industry and mining sectors.

  • See Records of the World Bank Institute (WB IBRD/IDA WBI) for potential records related to energy sector training and collaboration with WBI and predecessor Economic Development Institute (EDI).

  • See Records of the Office of External Relations - Speech reference collection (EXT-01) for speeches, addresses, or interviews by Energy Sector senior management and staff including Anthony Churchill.

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28 March 2022




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