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    3 June 2014


    UN Secretary-General convenes leaders of government, business and civil society to mobilize investment and action for sustainable energy for all

    NEW YORK/VIENNA, 3 June (UN Information Service) - The first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum from 4 to 6 June in New York will assess results thus far from the billions of dollars in commitments made at Rio+20 towards targets on energy access, efficiency and renewables, and mobilize further action. The Forum will launch the UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All with a two-year focus on energy for women and children's health, build momentum on solutions ahead of the September Climate Summit and contribute to shaping the direction of energy policy for the crucial decades to come.

    Forum to advance on-the-ground solutions; launch UN Decade with focus on energy for women and children's health; contribute to post-2015 development agenda

    WHERE:     United Nations Headquarters, New York

    WHEN:      from Wednesday, 4 June to Friday, 6 June 2014

    WHO:      UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative Kandeh Yumkella will be joined by several Heads of State, over 20 Ministers of energy, development and other relevant portfolios, heads of UN System agencies, development banks and other international organizations, CEOs of private sector partners and leaders from broader civil society, including from the research, innovation and investment communities, as well as women's and youth groups active in energy issues.

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    The UN Secretary-General launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in 2011, with three global targets: to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.  At the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, businesses, investors and others committed billions of dollars towards these objectives. Currently, 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity, and 2.6 billion use traditional fuels for cooking and heating, causing the premature deaths of 4.3 million people each year, mostly women and children, from the effects of indoor smoke.

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    Anthony Kamara
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