UN chief stresses importance of energy for all

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends Sustainable Energy for All Advisory Board. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Governments, business and civil society need to work together to ensure that the benefits of modern energy are available to all.

That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said at a meeting on sustainable energy held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C. on Friday.

The Secretary-General spoke at the first meeting of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which includes distinguished leaders in business, finance, government and civil society.

Mr. Ban, who co-chaired the meeting with the President of the World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim, underlined the importance of energy.

“Energy is relevant to nearly every major challenge we face – from lifting people from poverty to reducing the risks of climate change; from powering businesses, schools, and clinics to empowering women. That is why the UN General Assembly recently declared the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, beginning from next year,  2014 to 2024.”

Secretary-General Ban said energy is also a prominent theme in discussions about the development framework following the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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