Changes in energy use driving development

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Changes in the way people around the world use energy are driving development according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Jan Eliasson was speaking at UN headquarters at a ministerial-level meeting on global energy issues.

Here's Ana Carmo with more details.

2015 has been described as a milestone year for the United Nations and its Member States.

New development targets, the Sustainable Development Goals, will be decided in September and, at the end of the year, the international community is expected to reach a universal climate agreement.

Energy will be a key factor in both issues.

The deputy UN chief, Jan Eliasson, says progress is being made.

"Around the world, we see profound changes in how energy is supplied and used.  These changes drive development, improve individual lives and limit the impact on our climate and environment.  But we have to manage these changes in a way which ensures that they benefit all people. For that, we need an effective framework which balances cooperation and competition and aims to leave no one behind."

Governments, the private sector, civil society and the scientific community are being challenged by the UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative to transform and properly manage the world's energy systems.

More than 80 developing countries have joined the initiative.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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