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UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum to Spur Solutions

April 17th, 2015, ClimateWed.Org: Ki-moon also announced that the United Nations will convene the second annual UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum on 17-21 May in New York, working with the World Bank and other key partners. Starting with a day of public engagement activities on Sunday, 17 May, the Forum continues on 18-19 May with two days of events at the Sheraton Hotel that will bring together over a thousand sustainable energy innovators to share solutions and spur action; New York Mayor Bill De Blasio is expected to speak at the opening plenary.

The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial, on 20 May, will gather leaders from government, business and civil society for cutting-edge discussions on key energy issues, including financing.  Ministers from Brazil, China, the European Commission, France, Ghana and South Africa are among those who have indicated they plan to attend. Major public and private sector actions and commitments towards sustainable energy will be featured on 21 May. Speakers will include Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu, who is Chairman of Heirs Holdings. Both these high-level events will take place in the UN General Assembly Hall.

Currently one out of five people lives without access to electricity, and nearly 40 per cent of the world’s population rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook and heat their homes, leading to over four million deaths each year, mostly women and children, from the effects of indoor smoke. Addressing this energy poverty while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change is a crucial global challenge.

Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, a multi-stakeholder partnership, aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets: to ensure universal access to modern energy services, to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. At the UN, governments have already identified sustainable energy as one of the new generation of sustainable development goals that are expected to be adopted in September.

Kandeh Yumkella, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and chief executive of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, called on the private sector to seize the opportunity by innovating and investing to help achieve the initiative’s objectives.

“The speed and scale of interventions we need to transform our current energy system and ensure shared prosperity lie in the private sector,” said Yumkella 

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