On the 9 April 2013, in Oslo, Norway, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth delivered an opening remark  to the High Level Meeting on Energy and the Post 2015 Development Agenda. In his address Mr Alhendawi called for a needed shift to low-carbon and more sustainable solutions. This shift will lead to sustainability and create 60 million jobs.

The High Level Meeting on Energy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda brought together ministers, representatives of international organizations, the public and private sectors, financial institutions, civil society and academia to examine potential global energy objectives for the post-2015 development agenda. Hosted by the Government of Norway and co-hosted by the Governments of Mexico and Tanzania, the meeting was part of the Global Thematic Consultation on Energy, one of eleven thematic consultations to inform the design of the post-2015 development agenda and was attended by over 175 people.

The energy consultation is coordinated by UN Energy and the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The process is co-led by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and World Bank, with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Participants took stock of the online and regional consultations on energy and finalized a common vision, to be set forth as a set of recommendations to the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP). They engaged in discussions on how energy challenges can be addressed via the post-2015 development agenda, including by ensuring: the roles of women are meaningfully addressed; youth and education play central roles; joint energy-related goals are developed in collaboration with other post-2015 consultations to ensure their multi-sectoral support; and the private sector is included as a key actor in delivery of goals.

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