Can the UN help achieve sustainable energy for all?

Energy Research Collective

In June 2014, I traveled to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to attend the first forum of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. Three days of talks ensued, aiming to galvanism support, share stories and present new commitments towards the goal of bringing sustainable energy to all. In advance of the second SE4ALL happening in May, I’ve highlighted some of the major problems in getting solar power into the developing world discussed last year. 

Growing up in the fledgling democracy of 1950s Korea, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon’s provincial childhood life must have faced numerous challenges. One of the biggest would have been energy. The young Ban Ki-Moon, studying hard to become the star student of his high school, worked late into the night under the light of a dim and dirty oil lamp. This clearly made its mark on the young diplomat, and he’s pushed the UN to push harder on this…

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