UN chief highlights role of clean energy in tackling poverty and climate change

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Sustainable energy. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie

Clean energy is key to ending poverty and combating climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon's comments came in an address to the World Future Energy Summit which opened on Monday in Abu Dhabi.

The four-day event brings together government leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and the public in the push to advance energy efficiency.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General described sustainable energy as "the thread that connects economic growth, social equity and our efforts to combat climate change."

He said the recent climate deal reached in Paris, together with the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provide a "clear way forward."

It was now time for action.

"The fall in prices for renewable energy, especially solar energy, and the emergence of new business models, are bringing sustainable energy within reach of the world's poorest people. The Paris Agreement has given us an unprecedented opportunity to create, already today, the clean energy and sustainable solutions of tomorrow."

Mr Ban urged countries to keep the "sense of urgency and the spirit of partnership" which led to the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

He said this generation is the first that has the opportunity to end poverty, and the last with a chance of combating climate change.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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