Thursday, 23 August 2012

Sustainable Energy for All Initiative launched in Nigeria

ABUJA, 23 August 2012 – The Government of Nigeria and Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, today launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in Nigeria.

In the keynote address, which was delivered on his behalf by Vice President Namadi Sambo, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan said, “Nigeria is fully committed to achieve the targets of sustainable energy for all by the year 2020.” President Jonathan urged UNIDO and other development partners to continue to support Nigeria in the country’s efforts to achieve sustainable energy for all in order to “drive away poverty” and enhance overall socio-economic development.

In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. In response, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative to mobilize action from all sectors of society.

The Secretary-General set three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030: providing 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.

Yumkella declared that the goal of sustainable energy for all by 2030 would not be achievable without Nigeria, and praised President Goodluck Jonathan and his government for their leadership, as well as their efforts to expand energy access.

Today’s conference, which, in addition to the Vice President, featured the Ministers of Power and Water Resources, included sessions on the challenges and opportunities for Nigeria in the energy sector, financing infrastructure by 2030, and the integration of local and regional energy markets. Representatives of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Senate and the House of Representatives (Parliament) also participated in the launch, underscoring the importance of achieving sustainable energy for all.

The Nigerian Government’s engagement with the Sustainable Energy for All initiative will add to the significant momentum the initiative has generated this year. At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June, substantial commitments to support energy access were announced by Governments, the private sector and civil society:  

•    More than 50 developing countries are now working with the initiative;
•    More than US$50 billion has been mobilized from the private sector and investors;
•    Tens of billions of dollars have been committed by multilateral development banks in Asia, Europe and Latin America; and
•    New public-private partnerships are forming on transport, energy efficiency, solar cooking, finance and energy access for the poor.

These commitments will provide more than one billion people with access to modern energy during the lifespan of the initiative.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Kormawa
Representative and Director,
UNIDO Regional Office, PMB 2851, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria


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