With new leadership, Ban seeks to boost efforts to achieve sustainable energy for all

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of a new United Nations envoy to spearhead efforts to achieve sustainable energy for all, as well as other arrangements that will not only help transform the world’s energy systems but also the lives of billions of people.

Ban voices support for World Bank study of proposed Tajik hydropower project

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his support for the World Bank’s efforts to help Tajikistan address its energy challenges, and its decision to continue with the independent, technical assessment of the proposed Roghun hydropower project.

Access to low-cost energy vital in fight against poverty – General Assembly President

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today underlined the urgent need to provide sufficient and low-cost energy to people across the world who lack access, stressing that making energy readily available can boost efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.

Spotlighting sustainability, the UN goes dark for Earth Hour 2012

The United Nations will today turn off the lights for one hour at its Headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of “Earth Hour”, an annual global event that seeks to raise awareness on the need to take action on climate change.

UN-supported project brings Afghans one step closer to cleaner cooking stoves

The United Nations and its partners have teamed up with local villagers in Afghanistan to develop clean cooking stoves that could potentially save lives by improving indoor air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on wood for fuel.

UN urges Africa to facilitate private investment in clean energy production

Government policies that facilitate private sector investment in energy markets are crucial to help tap Africa’s massive renewable energy potential, which can fuel the continent’s poverty reduction efforts and put it on a path to sustainable development, according to a United Nations report released today.

UN official urges Asian countries to commit to sustainable energy for all by 2030

A United Nations official today urged Asian countries to commit to achieving sustainable energy for all their citizens by 2030 by increasing access to and the efficiency of renewable energy sources.

Private investment critical to achieve universal energy access, Ban tells Davos Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of private investment to ensure universal and sustainable energy access, as he called on business leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland, to mobilize their resources and strengthen their partnerships with the public and non-governmental sectors to achieve this goal.

UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia

Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific, according to United Nations analysis released today.

Industrial energy efficiency vital for sustainable development – UN report

A new United Nations report launched today urges investment in energy-efficient technologies to help achieve sustainable growth and tackle a host of global challenges from climate change to poverty reduction.