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Richenda’s Message – August 2015 | Energy Access Practitioner Network

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Richenda’s Message – August 2015

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, world leaders will come together next month in New York at the UN to adopt new global goals to provide a blueprint for government, business, civil society and others in terms of a shared agenda on how we can support progress in reducing poverty and improving lives.  The new “Sustainable Development Goals” will be adopted by UN member states, having been supported by a wide ranging consultation process that included input from more than seven million individuals as well as experts drawn from business and civil society.

Energy – particularly sustainable energy – is for the first time being rightly recognized as an enabler for development and included in this mix as goal number 7, broadly adopting the framework of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, including of course our shared work on achieving universal access to modern energy services.

SE4ALL have informed us they will be hosting several events for those already planning to be in New York next month, and although details are still not final, we have included information on those events in the newsletter, and will provide further updates as they become available to us.  The remainder of the year will be bookended of course with the Paris Climate Change conference, COP21 where UNF and the energy access practitioner network plan to focus several events on energy access issues. More to come on this.

As the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says “Ours can be the first generation to end poverty – and the last generation to address climate change before it is too late.”

Please help to share information on the new SDGs and use them in your own advocacy work using tools available at www.globalgoals.org

Best regards,
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Richenda Van Leeuwen
Executive Director, Energy Access, United Nations Foundation
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