Creator of energy solutions to shine a light on childbirth wins $1 million UN grant

We Care Solar, which provides renewable energy at low cost with a medical device that prevents maternal and child complications during labour in areas without electricity, was announced today as the winner of a $1 million grant by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Hip-hop artist backs sustainable energy for Africa

The hip-hop artist, Akon, says his experience growing up in Africa was the driving force behind his efforts to bring sustainable energy to the continent.

The American and Senegalese singer established Akon Lighting Africa, two years ago.

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Progress on sustainable energy improving, but 'world must move faster' – UN backed-report

Renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will need to accelerate dramatically if the world is to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, according to a United Nations-backed report released today as senior leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and global institutions are gathering in New York for the second annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum.

FEATURE: As climate talks heat up, experts debate if natural gas, fracking will turn ‘brown’ economies ‘green’

The world faces a looming energy problem. There’s not enough of it. It also faces a looming climate change problem. Too much of it. Could natural gas and fracking technology be part of the solution to both challenges?

Ban lauds Nicaragua's 'forward-looking' energy policy during day-long visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Nicaragua's “forward-looking” energy policy as he arrived on an official visit to discuss how the United Nations and the Central American nation can work together in promoting peace and sustainable development.

FEATURE: UN teams with ‘Revolution’ TV show to highlight real challenges of a world without power

The fictional concept at the heart of the television series ‘Revolution’ – which picks up 15 years after the start of a worldwide blackout – is the day-to-day reality for billions of people living without power, a reality United Nations field staff helped flesh out for the show’s writers ahead of its second season, which premiered last night at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN agency-private sector venture builds on ‘extend the day and extend play’ project in Africa

The United Nations industrial development agency is teaming with one of the largest lighting manufactures in the world to bring light to rural Africa in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Government-private sector collaboration crucial for providing clean energy, Ban says

Warning that the way the world produces, shares and uses energy is unsustainable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on governments and the private sector to collaborate in providing a cleaner, low-carbon model that benefits both people and the planet.

UN to go dark globally for Earth Hour, promoting sustainable energy consumption

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

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.