Ban calls on countries to back "sustainable energy for all" campaign

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Second session of the Assembly of IRENA

Renewable energy has an important role to play in beating extreme poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at an international renewable energy forum.

Mr. Ban made the remark in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, ahead of a World Future Energy Summit that opens on Monday.

The 84 members, including the European Union, of the International Renewable Energy Assembly or IRENA have teamed up to find ways to pursue growth while fighting climate change.

He welcomed the Assembly's work to transform the global energy system, adding that their efforts complement those of the United Nations.

"Energy poverty must end. Development is not possible without energy. It is neither just nor sustainable that one person in five still lacks access to modern electricity. It is not acceptable that three billion people have to rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. We need to turn on the lights for all households".

The Secretary-General set up a High-level group last year to promote his "Sustainable Energy for All initiative", which seeks to ensure universal access to modern, renewable and clean energy services by 2030.

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