Monday, 26 April 2010

UN to launch key report on energy in New York on Wednesday

NEW YORK, 26 April 2010 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present the report of his Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change that calls for a transition to a new energy pathway that will provide universal access to modern energy sources while tackling the challenges that energy holds for climate change, sustainable development, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. 

The Advisory Group will work with UN-Energy, an interagency coordinating mechanism for energy issues, to implement the recommendations in the course of this year.

Both AGECC and UN-Energy are chaired by UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella.

The launch of  the report of the Advisory Group will take place on 28 April, “Energy for Development Day”.

The event that will bring together officials of UN system organizations, representatives of Permanent Missions to the United Nations, CEOs of leading private sector companies, civil society, as well as energy experts.

Key participants at the event will  include Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency; José María Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica; Girogina Kessel Martinez, Minister of Energy of Mexico,  Mark Fulton, Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research, Deutsche Bank; Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, the Masdar Initiative, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company; Lars Josefsson, CEO, Vattenfall; Helge Lund, CEO, Statoil; Jeremy Oppenheim, Global Director, Climate Change Special Initiative, McKinsey & Co.; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Deborah Wince-Smith, President, USA Council on Competitiveness; Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundations; Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General; and Sha Zukang, Under Secretary-General, UN-DESA.

An interactive panel discussion will be moderated by Rana Foroohar, Senior Editor, Newsweek Magazine.   

Journalists are invited to attend the event which starts at 9 AM, on Wednesday, 28 April, in Conference Room 3, North Lawn Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York, to be followed by a news conference.

For further information, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev, UNIDO press officer