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Launch of High Level Group for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative


"Energy is key... to our planet, to our way of life. That is why we have launched a pioneering new initiative, Sustainable Energy for All." New York - September 20 2011 - Ban Ki-moon

"Now more than ever, the world needs to ensure that the benefits of modern energy are available to all and that energy is provided as cleanly and efficiently as possible."
New York - September 20 2011 – Kandeh K. Yumkella. 

UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon, has launched the "Sustainable Energy for All Initiative" this week along with a high level group to advance its implementation. The launch coincides with the UN's energy access awareness campaign "2012 The International Year of Sustainable Energy for All".

Energy poverty and the lack of access to modern energy services is impeding global development as well as putting a large portion of the population at risk by way of obstructing means to health care, education and economic growth. Conversely access to clean sustainable energy will foster progress and contribute to the timely convergence of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The benefits of access to energy will provide prompt results and will resonate onwards for generations to come.

The high level group will unite experts, business leaders and notable figures form both the public and private sectors to truly innovate in its approach in tackling the challenges associated with solving the global energy access question. The group will be co-chaired by UNIDO's Director General and UN-Energy's Chair, Kandeh K. Yumkella. As its primary objectives the initiative aims to: achieve universal access to modern energy services while doubling the improvement rate of energy efficiency and providing a twofold increase in the share of renewable energy use by 2030. As part of UN-Energy's mandate, we will provide updates, information and relevant materials on this initiative and the associated campaign as we move forward from this pivotal juncture.

Additional Documents

Concept Note
Secretary General's Speech