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UN Secretary-General launches sustainability drive

Ban Ki-moon kicks off World Future Energy Summit

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United Nations Secertary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the World Future Summit in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)
United Nations Secertary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the World Future Summit in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

The United Nations has used the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi to roll out its latest initiative, with UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, urging governments, the private sector and civil society to make significant contributions to action in support of his Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

2012 has been designated the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, and this latest call to action underlines the importance of energy to sustainable development.

“This is the right time for the initiative,” he told the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit. “Across the world we see momentum building for concrete action that reduces energy poverty, catalyses sustainable economic growth, and mitigates the risk of climate change. Achieving sustainable energy for all is both feasible and necessary, and my initiative will help us meet these objectives simultaneously. It can be a triple win for all.”

Mandated by the UN General Assembly, the Sustainable Energy for All initiative has been launched by the United Nations in a bid to bring together various sectors of society, including business, governments, investors, community groups and academia. It aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services, to double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and also double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Abu Dhabi has also seen a high-level group of global leaders from business, finance, government and civil society meet to mobilise action commitments that will help drive change on the ground, in corporate board rooms and in policy portfolios around the world.

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