The Secretary-General's High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All

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Publication Date: 
31 December 2011
Ban Ki-moon

"Sustainable energy can revitalize our economies, strengthen social equity, and catalyse a clean energy revolution that benefits all humanity.  Acting together, we can open new horizons today and help power a brighter tomorrow."

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Energy is central to everything we do, from powering our economies to empowering women, from generating jobs to strengthening security. It cuts across all sectors of government and lies at the heart of a country's core interests.

Now more than ever, the world needs to ensure that the benefits of sustainable modern energy are available to all. Energy poverty is a threat to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, we must move very rapidly toward a clean energy economy to prevent the dangerous warming of our planet.

This is why I launched our Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. The world is hungry for solutions to global challenges. This Initiative provides them on multiple levels. Taken in combination, these objectives will enhance equity, revitalize the global economy, and help protect the ecosystems that sustain us.

The Sustainable Energy for All High-level Group includes distinguished global leaders from around the world – business, finance, governments, civil society. It will mobilize a broad range of stakeholders who can catalyze commitments and form partnerships that can be announced at United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

Together we can make sustainable energy for all a catalyst for lasting economic growth that benefits all people, gives opportunity to the poor and protects the planet. I invite you to be part of this initiative.

BAN Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations

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