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29 March 2012

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In cooperation with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the United Nations Foundation, NGLS is facilitating civil society engagement with the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

The Initiative seeks to spur concrete action toward achieving three interlinked objectives by 2030:

  • Ensuring universal access to modern energy services.
  • Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
  • Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The Secretary-General established a High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All to develop an Action Agenda on the basis of which all stakeholders can make concrete commitments to move the world towards the above objectives, and to design processes for shared learning and accountability. The Group is comprised of 35 Principal Members, supported by a 12-person Technical Group. The work of the High-level Group will culminate with the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The overall Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is supported by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General with the UN Foundation as an important partner.

All stakeholders are urged to bring forward ideas and commitments for how and where governments, businesses and civil society can work together or individually on concrete sets of actions. The ultimate purpose of the Initiative is to provide coordination to aggregate and accelerate both independent and collaborative actions by all stakeholders toward the achievement of the Sustainable Energy for All objectives in all countries.

The United Nations Foundation (UNF) has created the Energy Access Practitioner Network as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative and also leads the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. UNF invites civil society organizations to participate in one or both of these networks.

Additional background information about the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is available here.

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