Tuesday 9 April 2013
| On behalf of the Norwegian Government I am pleased to announce that Oslo will be the venue for a high-level meeting on the role of energy on the post-2015 global development agenda, as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. |
Energy stands at the center of global efforts to induce a paradigm shift towards poverty eradication, climate friendly economies and ultimately sustainable development. Without access to modern energy it is not possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the eight-point global agenda adopted by the United Nations in 2000, whether reducing poverty, improving women´s and children´s health, or broadening the reach of education.
Access to power means that people can run their businesses during the day, children can study at night and clinics can refrigerate vital medicines. To tackle the challenges of climate change we also need a renewable energy revolution. It is crucial to ensure that the 1.3 billion people that are still without access to reliable electricity can get access to sustainable energy. There is an emerging consensus on the need to take cohesive and urgent action on global issues such as sustainable development and climate change.
The objective of this high-level meeting is to take stock of the ongoing energy-consultations and finalize a common vision, in the form of a set of key-recommendations, that will be submitted to the Secretary General’s high level panel on the post-2015 development agenda.
I look forward to host the meeting together with the co-hosting countries, Mexico and Tanzania.
| Yours sincerely, |
Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås
Norwegian Minister of International Development