Modern energy services "key" to changing people's quality of lifeListen /
Sustainable energy has been described by the UN Secretary-General as a "golden" thread that links poverty eradication, equitable economic growth and a healthy environment.
Ban Ki-moon spoke at the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.
He said the commitment worth billions of dollars have been pledged and delivered and more than 80 developing countries have joined the initiative to make power accessible to people.
"Modern energy services are the key to changing people's quality of life. Clinics can store life-saving vaccines. Children can study after dark. Food can be produced and conserved better. Cleaner cook stoves can save the lives of millions of women and children every year. Electricity can power street lights. That will make women safer. Businesses can flourish and create new jobs."
The Secretary-General said everyone, rich and poor in all countries, will benefit from modern energy services.
The UN Decade for Sustainable Energy for All was officially launched on Thursday.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.