27 December 2012

Nigeria, Others Support UN Sustainable Energy Resolution

Nigeria and other African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have expressed support for the UN General Assembly's draft resolution to declare a decade of sustainable energy for all from 2014 to 2024.

According to United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) the Sipopo Declaration, adopted at the 7th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government, in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, also welcomed the commemoration of the UN's International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in 2012 and recognised "the contribution of the ACP-EU Energy Facility to the attainment of the objectives set in the area".

The Declaration said the proposed decade of Sustainable Energy for All would "continue to build on the momentum created, and promote action at all levels."

The ACP Head of State outcome document complements a similar call for "a decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)" endorsed in a declaration by the Confederation of African Ministers (CEMA) in their recent meeting at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November.

President of the Republic of Benin and President of the African Union, Boni Yayi, noted that the Declaration and Summit provided an opportunity "to greet the initiatives of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and of the President of the European Union Commission aimed to ensure access to renewable energies for all".

There is growing recognition among world leaders that access to energy is crucial for achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and that transformation of the global energy sector is essential for combating climate change. Access to energy is also central to discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and proposed new sustainable development goals.

The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has stated that "there can be no sustainable development without sustainable energy".

President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, President-in-office of the 7th ACP Summit, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, noted in his remarks to the gathering that the "production and access to energy sources and their sustainable management is critical for countries wishing to create dynamic economic growth and sustainable human development".

Prime Minister of Cook Islands, and Chairman of the Forum of Pacific Islands, Henry Puna, underscored the importance of the issue for summit participants. "Energy is inextricably tied to our economic growth and welfare and my fellow colleagues from around the Pacific have taken bold steps to unlock the door of dependency on fossil fuel," he said.

In 2011, the Secretary-General launched the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative to mobilise action from all sectors of society to achieve sustainable energy for all. He set three objectives to be reached by 2030: to provide universal energy access; to double the rate of global energy efficiency improvement; and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The Secretary-General announced in September that the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Chairman of UN Energy, Kandeh Yumkella, will be Special Representative for the Sustainable Energy for All and chief executive of the initiative. The Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank, Jim Jong Kim, will co-chair the initiative's Advisory Board.

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