UN-Energy Chair Yumkella commends EU Leadership, calls for commitments to sustainable energy for all.
BRUSSELS, 8 February 2012 – Kandeh K. Yumkella, Chair of UN-Energy, today announced a “Framework for Action” which will mobilize and facilitate commitments by governments, the private sector, and civil society towards achieving UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Speaking at a conference hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels, Yumkella said: “This Framework will enable governments, the private sector, and civil society groups to make specific commitments to action which will drive progress from the boardroom to the smallest village, enabling the world to achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030.”
Yumkella commended the European Union’s support of the Secretary-General’s initiative and heralded its leadership in making energy access central to its development efforts, while also drastically improving energy efficiency and spurring renewable energy deployment at home through its 20-20-20 targets.
“Europe has demonstrated leadership by example on energy access and through its long-term vision on renewables and efficiency. We need to replicate these examples throughout the world and accelerate actions that help us achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030,” Yumkella said.
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