UN / DIALOGUE ON ENERGY

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In his address to a High-level Dialogue on Energy, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “we have a double imperative – to end energy poverty and to limit climate change. And we have an answer that will fulfil both imperatives. Affordable, renewable and sustainable energy for all.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Close to 760 million people still lack access to electricity. Some 2.6 billion people lack access to clean cooking solutions. And how we produce and use energy is the main cause of the climate crisis. Emissions from energy account for about 75 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. So, we have a double imperative – to end energy poverty and to limit climate change. And we have an answer that will fulfil both imperatives. Affordable, renewable and sustainable energy for all.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN flag

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Every country, city, financial institution, company and civil society organization has a role to play in building a sustainable and equitable energy future. I ask all of you to rise to this moment and be bold. Demonstrate your commitment to this energy future in the form of an ‘Energy Compact,’ which can deliver on a global roadmap to achieve our goals over the next decade.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, UN flag

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Dialogue Co-Chair:
“A just and equitable energy transition must factor the billions of people in energy poverty. We must allow for them the opportunity to realize their own aspirations for good jobs and economic development. This opportunity can only come with access to clean and affordable energy.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, UN flag

STORYLINE:

In his address to a High-level Dialogue on Energy, Secretary-General António Guterres today (24 Sep) said, “we have a double imperative – to end energy poverty and to limit climate change. And we have an answer that will fulfil both imperatives. Affordable, renewable and sustainable energy for all.”

Guterres noted that “close to 760 million people still lack access to electricity” while “some 2.6 billion people lack access to clean cooking solutions.” How we produce and use energy, he said, “is the main cause of the climate crisis” as “emissions from energy account for about 75 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Secretary-General said, “every country, city, financial institution, company and civil society organization has a role to play in building a sustainable and equitable energy future.” He called on participants “to rise to this moment and be bold” and to “demonstrate your commitment to this energy future in the form of an ‘Energy Compact,’ which can deliver on a global roadmap to achieve our goals over the next decade.”

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Dialogue Co-Chair, Damilola Ogunbiyi, said, “a just and equitable energy transition must factor the billions of people in energy poverty. We must allow for them the opportunity to realize their own aspirations for good jobs and economic development. This opportunity can only come with access to clean and affordable energy.”



The Dialogue – which aims to accelerate action on clean, affordable energy for all - brought together Heads of State and Government as well as leaders from business, foundations, and international, civil society and youth organizations, to mobilize commitments and actions. Over 100 Member States participated.

The Dialogue produced two main outcomes: a global roadmap with recommended actions and milestones to accelerate achievement of SDG7 by 2030; and voluntary commitments from Member States and other stakeholders in the form of “Energy Compacts”, setting out actions planned to advance clean, affordable energy for all by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. Over 130 Energy Compacts have been submitted by national and local governments, businesses, international organizations, NGOs, youth networks and others, and are being posted in the Registry as they are reviewed.
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