Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's message to Dubai Global Energy Forum
Your Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Distinguished participants,
I am pleased to send greetings to this important meeting and I thank the Governments of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai for their sponsorship.
Sustainable energy is among the most critical issues of our time. One out of every five persons has no reliable access to electricity. More than double this number – 40 per cent of the global population -- still relies on biomass for cooking and heating. This is neither equitable nor sustainable.
Clean, modern and affordable energy services are essential for sustainable development. By making sustainable energy accessible to all people and communities, we can eliminate extreme poverty and improve public health; power economic growth and reduce the risks of runaway climate change.
My Sustainable Energy for All initiative promotes a clean energy transformation and low-carbon growth. We have three ambitious but achievable objectives to be realized by 2030. First, to provide universal access to modern energy sources; second, to double the worldwide rate of energy efficiency improvement; and third, to double the global share of renewable energy.
This Forum can help us advance on this journey. Sustainable Energy for All is a multi-stakeholder partnership that brings all key actors to the table – governments, the private sector and civil society. The United Arab Emirates has been a strong supporter, with the renewable energy hub for the initiative based in Abu Dhabi at the International Renewable Energy Agency. I encourage everyone here to join and promote Sustainable Energy for All. We need your support, ideas, know-how and resources.
I wish you a productive meeting and look forward to innovative proposals that can help to provide sustainable energy for every woman, man and child. Working together, we can build a brighter future for all.
Statements on 15 April 2013
- New York, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at the ceremony to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda
- New York, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at ceremony for handover of paintings by Chinese Artist Wang Linxu
- New York, 15 April 2013 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
- New York, 15 April 2013 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia
- New York, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on prevention of conflicts in Africa: Addressing the Root Causes
- Oslo, Norway, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's video message to the Oslo Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Gaborone, Botswana, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's message to workshop on the Ratification and Implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court [delivered by Mr. Muburi-Muita, Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union]
- Nairobi, Kenya, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's message to UN-Habitat Governing Council [delivered by Mrs Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General, United Nations Office in Nairobi]
- Johannesburg, South Africa, 15 April 2013 - Secretary-General's message to the Global Newborn Health Conference [delivered by Dr. Agostinho Zacarias, Resident Coordinator in South Africa]