In June, leaders from around the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro to explore ways that governments, the private sector and global institutions can promote sustainable development. For me, the starting point is clear: Energy is essential for development, and sustainable energy is essential for sustainable development.
Watch the video clip of We Care Solar and their "Solar Suitcase" on PBS Newshour: "After witnessing the consequences of power outages in Nigeria's health facilities, obstetrician Dr. Laura Stachel came up with a solution: a suitcase containing elements to produce and store solar energy. Spencer Michels reports on the life-saving device that aims to reduce maternal mortality rates in the developing world."
It might be inevitable but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy.
Against a backdrop of withering domestic oil and gas, an ideal renewable resource landscape and a consumer base of 80-plus million, Egypt's renewable energy future is simply a given for those active in the region.
In thousands of villages and hamlets across Africa and South and East Asia, the only light after sunset is from a kerosene lamp, a candle or a cooking fire. Read the full publication, Kuwait 2012: Global Energy Security Through Dialogue.
By S. Vijay Iyer, World Bank
Washington, DC (March 14th, 2012) – As the world's attention turns to Rio+20, the UN's Conference on Sustainable Development taking place this June in Brazil, the organizations that produce the acclaimed Social Good Summit each fall in New York, announced today an innovative partnership and special event called Rio+Social. Rio+Social will take place on June 19th in Rio de Janeiro alongside the historic Rio+20 summit.
BRUSSELS, 8 February 2012 - Kandeh K. Yumkella, Chair of UN-Energy, today announced a "Framework for Action" which will mobilize and facilitate commitments by governments, the private sector, and civil society towards achieving UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Ban’s initiative has set three interlinked targets to be achieved by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
The Secretary-General’s objectives are to expand energy access, improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewables, all critical elements for powering sustainable development
By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
As a child growing up during the Korean War, I studied by candlelight. Electric conveniences such as refrigerators and fans were largely unknown. Yet within my lifetime, that reality changed utterly. Easy access to energy opened abundant new possibilities for my family and my nation.
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Up-front expenses associated with the adoption of clean energy technologies often make them off-limits to those who could benefit most from their use. This means that families and communities are forced to continue getting their power from centuries-old technologies, which is detrimental to their health, contributes to climate change, and is increasingly unreliable as demand increases.
As the first developing country to engage with Sustainable Energy for All, Ghana is developing a national action plan to increase its renewable energy capacity and extend reliable energy access to all of its citizens.
A First in the Developing World
Ghana’s energy strategy sets a goal of renewable energy constituting 10 percent of national energy generation by 2020. To reach this goal, the Parliament passed the Renewable Energy Act, providing the legal and regulatory framework necessary for enhancing and expanding the country’s renewable energy sector.