Monday, 06 February 2012

European rollout of UN Year of Sustainable Energy for All to take place in Brussels on Wednesday

BRUSSELS, 6 February 2012 – The international charity Practical Action, the UN Foundation, and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) will co-host the European rollout of the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in Brussels on February 8.

In order to spur economic growth, address global inequities and preserve the environment, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which sets three targets to be achieved by 2030: to ensure universal access to modern energy services; to double energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The year 2012 has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

High-level participants at the Brussels launch will include Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General and co-Chair of Secretary-General Ban’s high-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All; Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner; Grace Mukasa, East African Director of Practical Action; Stephen Leonard, CEO IBM; Norbert Neuser, MEP and Member of the International Development Committee; and Måns Nilsson, Deputy Director and Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute.

Journalists are invited to the event which starts at 8:00, on Wednesday, 8 February, at Paul Henri Spaak 4B001, European Parliament. Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella will also be available for interviews between 09:00 – 10:00.

For more information, please contact:     

Sheila Redzepi
Tel. +32 497 581 364

For more information on UNIDO, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Tel. +43-1-26026-5021
Mobile +43-699-1459-7329


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