Yumkella chairs UN Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, 25 January 2010 – A high-level advisory group, which provides United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advice on energy and climate change, met in Abu Dhabi over the weekend to discuss the preparation of its final report.
The report will include an implementation plan and suggestions for moving the energy agenda forward in the context of the post-Copenhagen political realities and opportunities.
The high-level Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group was chaired by Kandeh K. Yumkella, the Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Yumkella is also Chairman of UN-Energy, the United Nation’s system-wide coordinating mechanism on energy issues.
“The Abu Dhabi meeting was essential in the group’s efforts to provide a set of recommendations that will assist Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his leadership on climate change and energy issues and the global transition to a sustainable energy future,” said Yumkella.
“With the increasing political prioritization of energy and climate change security, it is imperative that adequate and reliable supplies of energy be addressed in tandem and in the broader context of national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals.”
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, a member of the Advisory Group and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, added: “The role of the private sector is key in providing the technology and investment flows needed to transform global energy systems. It is important for the private sector to be fully engaged in the dialogue on a global climate change framework. This will help develop a long-term low-carbon strategy that will translate to national policies and action. The Advisory Group is a demonstration of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s leadership in developing mutually beneficial partnerships and bringing private sector perspective in relation to issues regarding energy and sustainable development.”
The meeting was attended by top executives, including from Statoil (Norway), Suntech Holdings (China), Edison International (United States), and political leaders, including former Costa Rica President, Jose Figueres, and Senator Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation.
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