More than 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, and 1 billion more only have intermittent access. Some 2.7 billion people – almost half of humanity – rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating.
With leadership from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN-Energy – a coordinating group of 20 UN agencies – is undertaking a new global initiative, Sustainable Energy for All. This initiative will engage governments, the private sector, and civil society partners globally to achieve three major goals by 2030:
Ensure universal access to modern energy services.
Reduce global energy intensity by 40 per cent.
Increase renewable energy use globally to 30 per cent.
In recognition of the importance of energy for sustainable economic development, the United Nations General Assembly has designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
Sustainable Energy for All