1.3 billion people worldwide live without electricity. Goal 7 of the United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development over the next 15 years is to: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” The goal calls for global access to electricity and more renewable energy.
UN News Release: UN deputy chief says world now has ‘legitimate hope’ that universal goal on energy will be met
27 September 2015 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today welcomed the adoption of the first-ever universal goal on energy, but cautioned that it will take “arduous work” to reach the targets needed to end poverty and combat climate change as part of the new sustainable development agenda.
Mr. Eliasson spoke of the importance of working across economic, social and environmental dimensions to participants of a high-level event of Sustainable Energy for All, a multi-stakeholder partnership, on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, at which the new Goal was adopted along with 16 other goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate over the next 15 years.
He cited as examples of successful partnerships already underway: