U.N. on electricity: Green growth needs a good grid

U.N. on electricity: Green growth needs a good grid

U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says green energy is central to economic growth. Photo: <a href="United Nations Information Service - Geneva">United Nations Information Service - Geneva(flickr)</a>
U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says green energy is central to economic growth. Photo: United Nations Information Service - Geneva(flickr)

What can the world’s poorest hope to achieve without energy access? Not much, according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

“Energy is central to everything we do – from powering our economies to...combating climate change to underpinning global security," Ki-Moon said at the recent World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. "It is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and preserving the environment.”

And that’s the point of a new initiative launched by the Secretary General to coordinate “the efforts of governments, finance, business and civil society towards achieving the goal of ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ by 2030.”

Dr. Kandeh Yumkella of Sierra Leone was selected by Ki-Moon to co-lead the initiative’s task force. In this video, he discusses the 'Sustainable Energy for All' project. His words on the role of the private sector in expanding energy access and boosting economic opportunity start at 3:30, but the whole video highlights a promising initiative.

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