High-level Meeting on “Sustainable Energy for All” 24.09.2012 . 
Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.High-level Meeting on “Sustainable Energy for All” 24.09.2012 . Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

SE4ALL Forum: Energy powers opportunity

Last updated: 6/2/2014 // Universal energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency, these are core themes when the Sustainable Energy for All Forum convenes at the United Nations in New York June 4-6.

In 2012, the Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), building upon the objectives of universal access, increased energy efficiency, and increased shares of renewable energy. The initiative was launched as a response to Member States’ growing interest in the energy issue. Towards the end of 2012, initiated by Norway, the United Nations General Assembly also declared the decade 2014-2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.

This year is the first time Forum for Sustainable Energy for all takes place. Heads of State, Ministers and leaders from NGO’s and Private Sector and are all brought together at the United Nations Headquarters to help realize the vision from Rio+20, where leaders from all over the world stated a determination to make sustainable energy for all a reality.

The Forum will also launch a global campaign focusing on energy and women`s health as well as contribute to the discussion on sustainable energy to all as a stand alone goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Deputy Foreign Minister Hans Brattskar is leading the Norwegian delegation, and will give several statements during the Forum, including one at Norway’s side event on The International Energy and Climate initiative, Energy +. 

There are 1.3 billion people in the world live without access to electricity, and four of five people living in the least developed countries are without access. Sustainable energy is a topic Norway considers to be absolutely essential on the global development agenda and Norway is one of the strongest supporters of the SE4ALL initiative.

- Energy is so important, because it is perhaps the key if you want to solve the two big global challenges of poverty and climate change. If we do energy right, we can solve both issues, said Permanent Representative Mr. Geir O. Pedersen earlier this year.

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