Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sustainable Energy for All

By Anton Antonio
December 4, 2015

“Sustainable Energy for All or SE4ALL is a global initiative led by Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, to (1) achieve universal energy access, (2) improve energy efficiency, and (3) increase the use of renewable energy.  It was launched to coincide with the designation of 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All by the UN general Assembly in December 2010.  UN General Assembly Resolution 65/151, which was passed on 20 December 2010, designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.  This was in recognition of the growing importance of energy for economic development and climate change mitigation.  It also attempted to correct what many working on energy and development issues had for many years argued was a major error in not including action on energy poverty in the Millennium Development Goals.  Ban Ki-moon made sustainable energy one of the five priorities that would guide his second five-year term.  In June 2009 he established the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), which published its final report on 28 April 2010.  The recommendations from this report formed the basis of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched in 2011.  The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is intended to attract global attention and public and private commitments to meeting three objectives by 2030: (a) Ensuring universal access to modern energy services; (b) Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and, (c) Doubling the state of renewable energy in the global energy mix.” (Wikipedia)

The world’s two most urgent energy challenges are: (1) 3 billion people lack access to affordable, modern energy services for cooking, heating and productive uses; 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity and 1 billion people depend on unreliable power grids; and, 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity and still use fire for their household lighting, cooking and heating needs; and, (2) Smoke from polluting and inefficient cooking, lighting and heating devices kill nearly 2 million people every year, primarily women and children.  To draw global attention and spur positive action to these problems and issues, the UN General Assembly designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

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Wikipedia, (2015) “Sustainable Energy for All”.  Retrieved on December 4, 2015 from

UN Foundation, (2015). “Sustainable Energy for All”. Retrieved on December 1, 2015 from

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