UN energy group discusses report

A UN advisory group on energy held a meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss its final report that will provide a prioritised set of key practical and action-oriented recommendations.

The report will include an implementation plan and suggestions to move the energy agenda forward in the context of the post-Copenhagen political realities and opportunities.

The high-level group on Energy and Climate Change for United Nations' Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held its fourth meeting hosted by Masdar after the World Future Energy Summit that had called for greater global and inter-governmental co-operation to fight climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuel. The meeting was chaired by Dr Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organisation and Chairman of UN-Energy.

He told the meeting: "The Abu Dhabi meeting is essential in the group's efforts to provide a set of recommendations that will assist the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his leadership on climate change and energy issues and the global transition to a sustainable energy future. With the increasing political prioritisation of energy and climate change security, it is imperative that adequate and reliable supplies of energy be addressed in tandem and in the broader context of national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals."

The group is mandated to provide the Secretary General with timely advice on energy issues that are critical to the ongoing climate change discussions.

Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber said: "The role of the private sector is key in providing technology and investment flows needed to transform global energy systems. It is important the private sector is fully engaged in the dialogue on a climate change framework."

 

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