Ban appoints experts to work on global energy plan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon examines solar panels in Gigiri, Nairobi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a high level-group, which includes the head of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), to work on a global energy plan.

Three billion people in the world rely on wood, charcoal and dung for cooking and heating, Mr. Ban Ki-moon told delegates on Tuesday as he mapped out his 2030 vision on sustainable energy.

Announcing the members of the High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, is Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

"The Group is co-chaired by Kandeh Yumkella, the Chair of the UN Energy and Executive Director of UNIDO and Charles Holliday, Chairman of Bank of America. The 'Sustainable Energy for All' Group includes key players from around the world – business, finance, governments, (and) civil society. Its job is to catalyze partnerships, commitments and action in corporate board rooms, in government ministries and on the ground in thousands of local communities."

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Energy is central to everything, from powering economies to empowering women, from generating jobs to strengthening security, he adds.

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