New York

27 September 2013

Secretary-General's remarks at signing of Declaration on Establishing a Pacific Regional Data Repository for Sustainable Energy For All [as prepared for delivery]

I welcome this important declaration.

And I thank all the leaders here for your commitment to Sustainable Energy for All.

Sustainable energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and sound environmental stewardship.

It represents opportunity for people and the planet.

We have shared goals -- to hold global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, end poverty and advance sustainable development.

We have committed to achieving these objectives by reaching a global, legal climate agreement by 2015 and defining and implementing a post-2015 development agenda.

Sustainable energy is central to our collective efforts.

This declaration is a powerful message to the world that the Pacific region is stepping up to the challenge.

It is a testament to your leadership.

You can count on the United Nations – on me personally as well as my Special Representative, Mr. Kandeh Yumkella -- to continue to support your efforts towards Sustainable Energy for All.

Thank you.