Consultation on Energy for All Underway: Take Part before February 17!

When sustainable energy for all becomes a reality, these children will be able to study in bright, smoke-free conditions © Andres Bifani/Lighting Africa

When sustainable energy for all becomes a reality, these children will be able to study in bright, smoke-free conditions © Andres Bifani/Lighting Africa

The United Nations has declared 2014 – 2024 the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All in order to focus attention and action on energy as a driver for development.

The objective is to improve access to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services and resources, as well as to improve energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy, and cleaner, more energy-efficient technologies.

In preparation for the energy decade, a consultation on sustainable energy for the future has been launched to build a vision on global energy priorities after the MDG 2015 deadline.

“Sustainable Energy for All is essential for achieving our Millennium Development Goals and for opening up new opportunities for growth and prosperity in every country of the world,” said Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Chair of UN-Energy in a UN press statement.

You can take part in the two-phased e-consultations at the World We Want 2015 platform through to 17 February. The consultations will address issues such as why energy is important for development, and help determine global energy goals, targets and indicators.

A background Framing Paper on Energy is available online to guide the discussions.

The e-consultations will be followed by face-to-face consultations with various stakeholders in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the findings collated into a final report expected by end of March 2013.

This report and its recommendations will be presented at a high-level meeting in Oslo, Norway, in April 2013, to inform a Declaration on key energy recommendations and potential global energy objectives.

Energy is one of 11 themes being addressed by the UN’s Development Group consultations on the post-2015 development agenda.

The UN designated 2012 the “International Year for Sustainable Energy for All” to increase awareness of the pivotal role of energy in attaining development goals.