A call for commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

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Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All addresses a press conference on the topic. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The international community has been urged to commit both practically and financially to development goals for the next 15 years that are being decided on in September.

The call was made by the UN at a meeting on sustainable energy which was concluding in New York on Thursday.

The UN says that around 2.8 billion people do not have access to clean and safe cooking facilities and nearly one in five people lack access to electricity.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

World leaders have been meeting in New York over the last week to discuss how sustainable energy can benefit all countries under the overarching theme "Financing Sustainable Energy for All".

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Kandeh Yumkella, said there are already many examples of successful development projects, but what is now needed is real commitment.

"Today is for you and us who are the partners in sustainable energy for all to make commitments. Commitments that when we leave here we're really going to take action to achieve those targets we set on the SDG7. So since we know what to do, we know how to do it, today is about really committing in terms of real actions, funding, institutional support, to see what our partners will do and of course we will be tracking over time."

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum is intended to become the annual meeting place for the extended global energy community.

It is part of a range of undertakings connected to the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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