UN Secretary-General urges doubling of clean energy investment by 2020

New York, 27 January 2016 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has challenged investors to at least double clean energy investments by 2020.

Speaking at the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr Ban said the Paris Agreement on climate change concluded last month gave markets “the clear signal they need to unleash the full force of human ingenuity and scale up investments that can generate low-emissions resilient growth”.

Making sustainable energy for all a reality

"Cheap solar technology, business models linked to mobile phone platforms, super-efficient appliances mean a woman can build a business, earn income, keep her family safe and well. She can thrive," writes Rachel Kyte, SE4All's new CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, in an opinion article for the Gulf News.

Read the full article here gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/making-sustainable-energy-for-all-a-reality-1.1659054

The Future Role of SE4All in Promoting Sustainable Energy

"Sustainable Energy for All is a call for both revolution and reform: a radical vision where everyone can access and afford the reliable energy they need to live a productive, healthy, secure life, while respecting the planetary constraints that we all face as a result of climate change," writes Rachel Kyte, SE4All's new CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, in the latest edition of the flagship UN publication UN Chronicle.

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change

195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius

Paris, 12 December 2015 - An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris today.

The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities.

IEA presents World Energy Outlook at United Nations

4 December 2015 - Dr Fatih Birol, the newly appointed Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, has presented its World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2015 at an SE4All event in New York – the first time that the annual report has been presented at the United Nations.

WEO 2015 calls for urgent transformative innovations in the energy sector to address climate change and end energy poverty. Clean energy is a key to making progress on the Sustainable Development Goal on energy (SDG7), which in turn can unlock the achievement of all other SDGs.

SE4All Showcases Solutions for Energy Efficiency Improvement

The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2), the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative’s Energy Efficiency Hub, hosted a global workshop to showcase various actions and solutions for energy efficiency improvement in cities and countries as well as the private sector. This Workshop had 70 participants including Governments officials from 17 countries, Development Banks, Corporations and international and regional research organizations.

Let's come clean about dirty cooking

By Anita Marangoly George, World Bank Senior Director, Energy & Extractives

Really – let’s.

It’s a fact: Indoor air pollution from cooking with solid fuels including wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and crop waste in open fires and traditional stoves is the fourth leading cause of death in the world, after heart and lung disease and respiratory infection.