Ban Ki-moon highlights importance of clean energy for all
Jan 18, 2011
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a "global clean energy revolution" on Monday at the Fourth World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, stressing the impact that clean energy access has on health, poverty and climate issues.
Ban Ki-moon said that making energy affordable for all "is essential for minimizing climate risks, for reducing poverty and improving global health, for empowering women and meeting the Millennium Development Goals...for global economic growth, peace and security, and the health of the planet," the U.N. News Centre reports.
According to the news source, 1.6 billion people in developing countries don't have access to electricity, and energy consumption is expected to rise by 40 percent over the next 20 years.
To combat this, Ban Ki-moon set up an Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change in 2009 to achieve universal access to energy that's 40 percent more efficient.
Ki-moon also pointed out that 2 million people die each year from indoor air pollution that is often caused by smoke from indoor fires used for warmth and cooking in developing countries.