I would like to welcome you to our first newsletter. The UN-Energy Knowledge Network serves as a key entry point into the UN System's considerable efforts on energy. This newsletter provides a snapshot on our current and on-going activities and vital issues in context to our work on energy .
There is an emerging consensus on the diversity and complex nature of key energy issues, and the requirement to look at them in a holistic manner. This consensus should be considered as an excellent opportunity for leadership. UN-Energy was set up in 2004. The original impetus for its establishment still exists, and the case for clear, coherent and coordinated engagement by the United Nations family in energy is even more compelling now than ever before. Utilizing the different perspectives of the United Nations bodies in a coherent way is likely to produce the richest and most comprehensive set of policies, engagements and actions to match the complexity of the issues faced. The time is right and the circumstances conducive for a higher level of ambition with regard to addressing energy issues.
UN-Energy acts as a catalyst in engaging these energy challenges. The UN-Energy Knowledge Network is an ideal resource in aiding to establish regulatory policies, supporting capacity development and to promote socio-economic development.
Next year 2012 is the UN's International Year for Sustainable Energy for All. In this we have a great oppurtunity to improve the current conditions and positively affect livelihoods, providing power for improving health care and education as well as for economic development.
I would like to thank Ramón for his generous contribution of time and effort to our first newsletter and to the great work that he and the IPCC working group III have undertaken to advance the understanding and application of renewables. Ensuring universal access to modern forms of energy by 2030, reducing global energy intensity by 40 per cent by 2030, and increasing the share of energy from renewable sources are ambitious, yet achievable global goals.