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Vienna, Austria, 21 June 2011 - Secretary-General's video message to Second Vienna Energy Forum

Excellencies, UNIDO Director General Yumkellah, Honourable Ministers, Distinguished participants,

I am pleased that you have assembled today to address a critical challenge of our time: sustainable energy for all.

The need is clear.

Three billion people still rely on biomass for cooking and heating.

1.5 billion have no access to electricity.

A billion more only have access to unreliable electricity networks.

Clean, modern and affordable energy services are intimately linked to poverty alleviation, women's empowerment, climate change and sustainable development. To justice and security.

We need nothing short of a clean energy revolution.

That is why the Rio+20 Summit is so important.

It is an opportunity to promote clean energy transformation and a transition to low-carbon growth.

This Forum is an important milestone on that path.

Our work for the Millennium Development Goals has demonstrated the immense value of having specific targets to aim for – and by which to measure our progress.

That is why we have important goals related to energy that we would like all governments to adopt in Rio.

First: universal access to modern energy sources by 2030.

Second: reducing energy intensity by at least 40 per cent.

And third: bringing the share of renewable energy globally to at least 30 per cent.

Equity, environmental urgency and economic opportunity are the driving forces behind this campaign and its chosen three goals.

I have asked the Director-General of UNIDO to coordinate the UN system's work on energy in this important year.

I encourage you to support his efforts, and I look forward to concrete, bold proposals from this forum that will help us to achieve sustainable energy for all.


Statements on 21 June 2011